Read-a-Likes: John Sandford

If you like John Sandford’s consistent delivery of riveting characters and intense, richly-layered thrillers, try these authors:

Raymond Benson
James Lee Burke
Michael Connelly
Jeffery Deaver
John Dunning
Hugh Holton
John Katzenbach
Owen Laukkanen
David L. Lindsey
James Patterson

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Read-a-Likes: James Patterson

If you like James Patterson’s fast-paced fiction with sympathetic characters, short chapters, and compelling, almost labyrinthine plots, try these authors:

Jeffery Deaver
Joy Fielding
Brian Freeman
Lisa Jackson
John Katzenbach
Jonathan Kellerman
Phillip Margolin
Dennis Lehane
Ridley Pearson
John Sandford
Stuart Woods


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Read-a-Likes: Sue Grafton

If you like Sue Grafton’s private eye series with a dark underlying tone but without the explicit violence found in traditional hardboiled novels, try these authors:

Linda Barnes
Nevada Barr
Jan Burke
Barbara D’Amato
Jeffery Deaver
Lisa Gardner
Laura Lippman
Marcia Muller
Sara Paretsky