This month's theme - Breakout Books!
Lehane's Patrick and Angie books are some of our very favorites, but it wasn't until Mystic River - a psycholigical thriller about a childhood trauma tied to a present-day murder - that his fan-base and sales exploded. Lehane's Hollywood connections and further stand-alone novels only pushed him even higher.
A mega-hit in France and the US, this thriller about a man's incapacity to come to terms with his wife's murder and later mysterious events shot Coben up the NYT Bestseller list after he had been writing his Myron Bolitar series. Now fans enjoy his thrillers and his series to equal effect, and his exclusive Netflix deal continues to give us great miniseries based on his books.
The author of the mega-bestselling Bosch series broke away from it early on to write The Poet, originally a hugely-successful stand-alone, and now considered the first Jack McEvoy book.
We know Box for the Joe Pickett game warden series, but this thriller set in northern Idaho won the Edgar Award for Best Novel and generated much acclaim for him within the crime community.