21) Janice Cantore

A former Long Beach, Calif., police officer of 22 years, Janice Cantore writes from real-life experience with accuracy and attention to detail, crafting a riveting tale of intrigue for romance and crime drama fans alike. Her latest novel is Cold Aim (Tyndale House), the third in her Line of Duty series.

22) Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is the multiple award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of more than 40 novels. His work has reached tens of millions worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages and adapted into motion pictures. In 2013, NPR listeners nationwide named him as one of the top suspense writers of all time. His latest novel, co-written with daughter Rachelle Dekker, is The Girl Behind the Red Rope (Revell).

23) Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks is an ECPA Christy Award and multiple ACFW Carol and Inspy Award-winning author. An internationally known forensic artist, Carrie draws on her extensive experience with actual criminal investigations to write authentic, true-to-life fictional suspense. Her latest novel is Fragments of Fear (Thomas Nelson).

24) Frank Peretti

One of Christian publishing’s best-known authors, Frank Peretti’s novels have sold more than 10 million copies. His blockbuster supernatural thriller This Present Darkness was named by PBS as one of “America’s 100 Favorite Novels.” He most recent project was the supernatural suspense series Harbingers (Bethany House) with co-authors Angela Hunt, Bill Myers, and Alton Gansky.

25) Cara C. Putman

The author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels, Cara C. Putman has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. She is a practicing attorney and teaches law at a Big Ten business school. Her latest novel is Delayed Justice (Thomas Nelson).

26) Robert Whitlow

A practicing attorney, Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. His next novel is Promised Land (Thomas Nelson), the latest in his Chosen People series.

27) Joel C. Rosenberg

Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, with some 5 million copies in print. As an expert on global politics, he’s been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, and met with religious and government leaders around the world. The Persian Gamble (Tyndale House) is his latest political thriller starring former U.S. Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker.

28) Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley has published several more than 70 books and won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year, the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. Her romantic suspense titles include the new Yuletide Threat: Standoff At Christmas and Military K-9 Unit Christmas (Love Inspired Suspense).

29) Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author who serves as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. His books have sold more than seven million copies. His most recent novel is Unscripted (Revell).

30) Robin Caroll

The bestselling author of more than 30 novels, Robin Caroll writes Southern stories of mystery and suspense, with a hint of romance to entertain readers. Her books have been recognized in several awards, including the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, and more. Her latest novel is Darkwater Truth (independently published), the third in her Darkwater Inn series.

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About The Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of several romantic suspense series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children.