En flyplassthriller, eller airport bestseller som det kalles på engelsk, er bøker som passer perfekt på reise og som også selger i store antall internasjonalt. For at en bok skal få betegnelsen flyplassthriller, er det visse kriterier som må være til stede:

* Boken må være underholdende på en slik måte at den holder på konsentrasjonen din selv når det er mye støy rundt deg.
* Den må ha en oppbygning som gjør den vanskelig å legge fra seg, med andre ord en ekte sidevender.
* Den bør ikke være spesielt trist.
* En klassisk flyplassthriller har ingredienser som politietterforskning, seriemordere, drap og/eller konspirasjoner. I det siste har flere av forfatterne dessuten forsøkt å overgå hverandre med det ene bestialske drapet etter det andre.

Eksempler på forfattere som produserer flyplassthrillere:

Dan Brown
Michael Connelly
Tess Gerritsen
Jeffery Deaver
James Patterson
Karen Rose
Lisa Jackson
Chelsea Cain

Jeg leser mange sjangere, blant dem såkalte flyplassthrillere. Det er min «guilty pleasure». De er, som nevnt, underholdende i tillegg til at mange av dem er svært så amerikanske i sitt krimunivers. Du vet nøyaktig hva du får. Jeg liker å lese om FBI – agenter som jakter seriemordere ved hjelp av «profiling», og hvor sidene vendes i en rasende fart. Ofte har heltene i disse bøkene egne demoner å stri med ved siden av etterforskningen. Det er herlig forutsigbart, ikke spesielt originalt, men god tidtrøyte. 

Flyplassthrillere er dessuten perfekt sommerlesing, og i sommer har jeg tenkt å gjøre meg kjent med flere nye forfattere. Her er noen av bøkene jeg akkurat har bestilt (trykk på tittelen for link til blogganmeldelser):

Cody McFadyen: Face of Death

A young woman loses her family, her friends, almost anyone who has ever even done her a kindness to a maniacal serial killer. It’s as if every trace of human contact is being wiped out of her life. Her terrifying case is handed to a woman who has had so much of her own happiness snatched away from her: Smoky Barrett, the extraordinary heroine of Mcfadyen’s stunning debut SHADOW MAN. Now caring for her murdered friend’s mute daughter, Smoky must decide whether or not she can rise to one more fiendish challenge…

(Jeg leser for tiden The Shadow Man, som er den første boken i denne serien)

Forfatterens hjemmeside finner du her.

James Hayman: The Cutting

Portland, Maine. A missing high-school athlete’s mutilated body is found in a scrap metal yard. Her heart has been surgically removed. The same day a young businesswoman is abducted. Former NYPD detective Michael McCabe believes both crimes are the work of one man. A killer with surgical expertise who is targeting young women. Now McCabe and his team face a race against time to rescue the missing woman and unmask this sadistic killer – before it is too late. The Cutting is one of the scariest debuts of the year. And the first in a great new series.

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Chris Mooney: The Missing

When Boston CSI Darby McCormick finds a raving and emaciated woman hiding at the scene of a violent kidnap, she runs a DNA search to identify the Jane Doe. The result confirms she was abducted five years earlier and has somehow managed to escape from the dungeon in which she’s been caged.With a teenage couple also missing and Jane Doe seriously ill, the clock is ticking for Darby as she hunts for the dungeon before anyone else disappears or dies. And when the FBI takes over the investigation, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer has been on the prowl for decades – and is poised to strike again at any moment. A killer with links to horrors that Darby has desperately tried to bury in her past …Forfatterens hjemmeside finner du her.

Jilliane Hoffman: Retribution

One rainy night in New York City, outstanding law student Chloe Larson wakes from a terrible nightmare. But it’s not a nightmare – it’s real. Not only is she savagely violated in her own bedroom, Chloe then has to deal with the horror of nobody being brought to justice. Twelve years later a very different Chloe is forging a formidable reputation in the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office, as a vicious serial killer nicknamed Cupid terrorises Florida – tearing out his tortured victim’s hearts while they’re still conscious. When the police stop a driver on the McArthur Causeway and a mutilated corpse is found in his trunk, it seems the hunt for Cupid is finally over. But as Chloe begins the task of prosecuting the suspect, she soon realises that this case will be anything but easy. Because her past is about to force itself on her present – and the terror is only just beginning. Sometimes there’s a price to be paid for justice. And sometimes that price is awful. Revenge could cost Chloe her sanity. The truth could cost her her life.
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Denne boken skal forøvrig bli film, manuset er under utvikling hos Warner Brothers.

Jonathan Hayes: Precious Blood

They found her in the East Village, nailed to the wall of a railroad flat. Dr. Edward Jenner is a New York forensic pathologist: he has attended countless murder scenes and performed thousands of autopsies but the killing of 21 year old Andie Delore is different. The naked body is marked with an indecipherable ancient script and is arranged in the shape of a ritual sacrifice. The murderer poses as a cop. The sole eye witness is Andie’s flatmate, Ana da Jong. She can’t trust the police anymore. Instead she turns to Jenner for help. But then a second victim is found in rural Pennsylvania. Her head has been placed in a puddle of milk. And then the third. Another decapitation: her naked torso is decorated with exotic bird feathers…

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Chris Carter: The Crucifix Killer

In a derelict cottage in L.A, a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the skin has been ripped from her face – while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that’s not possible. Because, two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this be the work of a copycat? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is the real Crucifix Killer still out there, taunting Hunter with his inability to catch him? Robert Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining …

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S.J. Bolton: Sacrifice

Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton; even before the gruesome discovery she makes one rain-drenched afternoon …Deep in the peat soil of her field she is shocked to find the perfectly preserved body of a young woman, a gaping hole where her heart has been brutally removed and three rune marks etched into her skin. The marks bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen all over the islands, and she quickly uncovers disturbing links to an ancient legend. But as Tora investigates she is warned by the local police, her boss, and even her husband, to leave well alone. And even though it chills her to the bone to admit it …something tells her their concern isn’t genuine.

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Richard Montanari: The Rosary Girls

In the most brutal killing crusade Philadelphia has seen in years, a series of young Catholic women are found dead, their bodies mutilated and their hands bolted together. Each clutches a rosary in her lifeless grasp. Veteran cop, Kevin Byrne and his rookie partner, Jessica Balzano set out to hunt down the elusive killer, who leads them deeper and deeper into the abyss of a madman’s depravity. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams – and vanish just as quickly. While the body count rises, Easter is fast approaching: the day of resurrection and of the last rosary to be counted…

Forfatterens hjemmeside finner du her.

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