Soundtracks To NPR’s Top 10 Killer Thrillers

Want to pair your reading experience with a musical soundtrack? Thriller author and musician, Daniel Palmer, matches up top thrillers (as chosen by NPR’s audience) with their album equivalent.

1. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris

2. TOMMY by The Who

It’s all about metamorphosis: caterpillar to moth, man to woman, a deaf, dumb and blind boy into the Pinball Wizard

3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

4. IN OUR NATURE by Jose Gonzales

ABBA just doesn’t fit the mood of Larsson’s book as well as this other Swedish born musician.

5. KISS THE GIRLS by James Patterson

6. THE BEST OF ART TATUM by Art Tatum

Alex Cross must be a fan of the greatest jazz piano player of all time.

7. THE BOURNE IDENTITY by Robert Ludlum

8. BACK IN BLACK by AC/DC

Kick ass music for a kick ass hero who is back in Black Ops…get it?

9. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

10. I’M YOUR MAN by Leonard Cohen

Both Capote and Cohen “love the inner music that words make.”

11. THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown

12. AQUALUNG by Jethro Tull

These creative works dwell on the dour musings of God and faith.

13. THE SHINING by Stephen King

14. The Shining Original Soundtrack

Oh for crying out loud, the film was awesome and so was the book.

15. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

16. 52nd STREET by Billy Joel

Did you know the “Queen of Crime” was also a pianist and a singer?

17. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy

18. BORIS GODUNOW by Modest Mussorgsky

A great story about a Russian submarine should be paired with a great Russian opera.

19. THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

20. DIAMOND DOGS by David Bowie

Doyle’s book aims to solve the mystery of the supernatural dog and Bowie’s dog-themed album is certainly out of this world.

Daniel Palmer is the author of four critically acclaimed suspense novels. He’s also a recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan. For more, visit Daniel’s website and follow him on twitter.

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