Thrillers – review roundup

John O'Connell: The First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson, After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman, The Burden of the Desert by Justin Huggler, The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry, Treachery by SJ Parris

The 100 best novels: Help!

Robert McCrum: As our list reaches the 20th century, the field of landmark books gets ever broader, which will likely mean much more debate. Whom should I choose?