The chilling Governor Series by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman gave rise to not only The Walking Dead on AMC, but also a hit video game franchise, comic, and more.
Exploring the dark underbelly of American politics, Michael Dobbs brings thrills even to readers who might shy away from politics. The success of House of Cards on Netflix stands testament to its appeal.
This series by Jeff Lindsay about police lab tech slash serial killer Dexter is not only a crime series, but also a whole lot of bloody fun. Dexter’s TV killing spree lasted 8 years on Showtime, ending in 2013.
Elmore Leonard’s Raylan Givens (as recently seen in Justified on FX) is a U.S. Marshall who knows how to get the job done – by whatever means he deems necessary. He’s a tough guy who’s also good for a few laughs.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s super sleuth Sherlock Holmes couldn’t uncover the number of spin-offs he’s inspired. Most recently, he can be found on two hit shows: Elementary on CBS and Sherlock on BBC One/PBS.
Some people may be surprised to learn that HBO crime series Boardwalk Empire is based on a book. It’s true: Nelson Johnson told the sordid history of the Atlantic City first in this scintillating book.
Following the lives of four teens, Sara Shephard’s Pretty Little Liars is a coming-of-age tale that shows life isn’t always so pretty. These on-page gals have also been quite popular on-screen with Freeform TV.
Get a peek behind the locked doors of a women’s prison with the true story behind the Netflix hit comedy/drama series, written by Piper Kerman herself.
Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series (just Longmire to Netflix) proves that the sun has not set on the Western just yet. The panorama of the American West gives this modern police procedural its unique charm.
The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman is “fantasy for grown-ups.” Appearing as The Magicians on Syfy, its appeal is no trick: realistic, brooding, complex magicians in a fantasy setting. What’s not to love?
It’s tough to outrank all the other police procedurals, but Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander Series (BBC One’s Wallander) manages it with a British take on a Swedish cop. A bit depressing. A bit existential. Far worth your time.
Countless film and TV adaptations have come from the prolific novels of Stephen King. What’s special here is how much freaking fun this horror-thriller is. CBS aired the series and wrapped it up neatly.
This horror trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan presents a new breed of vampire: “dark, bloody, and packed full of mayhem and mythology.” It’s the perfect series for a grown-up audience and a perfect fit for FX.