When you need a fast paced thriller reach for “The Runner” by Stephen Leather. The main draw for me in these novels for is becoming invested in the principal character.
I was smitten by the lowly M15 operative Sally Page. She had all the aspects a heroine needs, realistic life with disappointments and valid oponions and one amazing ability.
The story bursts onto the page and just keeps on exploding. There are some over the top aspects but that is part of the “thriller” style. The mix of military terms and criminal angles kept the story tightly packed. The plot, while complex, is still easy to follow.
Stephen Leather delivers a real page turner which I highly recommend to you.