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What non-literary book did you admire a lot for its page-turning qualities, ones that best evoke the feeling of mystery, thrill and suspense.

My personal favourites were Forsyth's Day of the Jackal (about an assasin) and Clancy's Hunt for Red October (techno-thriller about Soviet submarine defecting). The problem is these are from the pre-internet era when people had longer attention spans and had to read novels in flights, trains, lonely evening when there was nothing to watch on tv, etc. So I am looking for something more contemporary.

My purpose is to learn how to write fast-paced, sometimes scar and thrilling scenes from the present crop of masters.
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>Which novel/author gives you the thrills?
>Why?
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James Patterson
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Sebastian Faulks. Read Birdsong.
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