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Star of the North

Star of the North
  • Author(s): D B John
  • Location(s): North Korea, Pyongyang, Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
  • Era(s): 2010

North Korea and the USA are on the brink of war A young American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island. The CIA recruits her twin sister to uncover the truth. Now, she must go undercover in...

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A Harvest of Thorns

A Harvest of Thorns
  • Author(s): Corban Addison
  • Location(s): Bangladesh, Dhaka, Malaysia (Malaya), Virginia, Washington DC
  • Era(s): Modern

A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of...

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Advise and Consent

Advise and Consent
  • Author(s): Allen Drury
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent is one of the high points of 20th Century literature, a seminal work of political fiction—as relevant today as when it was first published....

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Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution
  • Author(s): Dinaw Mengestu
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

This is the same book as: The Beautiful Things that Heave Bears Seventeen years after fleeing the revolutionary Ethiopia that claimed his father’s life, Stepha Stephanos is a man still caught between two existences: the one he left behind,...

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Cross the Line

Cross the Line
  • Author(s): James Patterson
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city’s police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross...

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Happily Whatever After

Happily Whatever After
  • Author(s): Stewart Lewis
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Fiction, RomCom
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances. Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend...

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Murder, D.C.

Murder, D.C.
  • Author(s): Neely Tucker
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When Billy Ellison, the son of Washington, D.C.’s most influential African-American family, is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven, veteran metro reporter Sully Carter knows it’s time to start asking some serious questions―no matter what...

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Solo (A James Bond Novel)

Solo (A James Bond Novel)
  • Author(s): William Boyd
  • Location(s): Washington DC, West Africa
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1969

It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided...

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The Big Blowdown

The Big Blowdown
  • Author(s): George Pelecanos
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1930s onwards

In the quartet of novels about life in Washington DC of which The Big Blowdown is chronologically the first, George Pelecanos intelligently breaks down the thin barriers between the noir thriller and the character-driven novel of embattled masculinity. In...

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The Double

The Double
  • Author(s): George Pelecanos
  • Location(s): Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

The second novel featuring Spero Lucas, a young Iraq vet working as a PI in Washington DC but with a sideline in finding lost items – the kind of items the owners can’t go to the police about. This...

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