The best crime novels of | Spectator LifeFor every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but they provide context and depth to the crimes they study. In these excellent books we see how all lives—from the perpetrators and the investigators, to the victims and their families—are profoundly changed by the destruction detailed within. Originally titled Disco Bloodbath , this is a true account of a murder within a particular subculture: the New York City club kids of the late eighties and early nineties who partied like it was their jobs. Written by one of the most over the top insiders, Party Monster details the highs and lows of the scene—the fashion, the sex, the indulgence—but also the nasty drug hangovers, culminating in the conviction in of a club promoter named Michael Alig, who committed a particularly gruesome crime.
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From a serial killer in mid-century Glasgow, to a Texas Ranger taking on white supremacists in the backwoods, to the deaths of hundreds in the Guyanese jungle, it was a hard-hitting, provocative year in crime literature, a genre well-suited to the messy brutality of modern times. We present to you our idiosyncratic selection of favorites from Denise Mina, The Long Drop.
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And with that, another year comes to a close. Razor Girlby Carl Hiassen! Ross Clark. As Louis Quatorze wills his Sun Palace into being, or simply to cast away unwanted relativ.
Don Winslow, The Force. Gibby says! What a year. Kanae Minato, Penance.
This is always my favorite blog post to write, and gave me a run for my money when it came to narrowing down my list of favorites.
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Nov 15. Revolverby Duane Swierczynski! Crime fiction is finally getting the critical respect it deserves Could a crime novel triumph for the second year in a row at the Man Booker Prize. I have researched this story for nearly 20 years.
This installment is a particularly well plotted and executed novel and a good place to jump into the series. She Rides Shotgunit was a hard-hitting. Lies fester and multiply, by Jordan Harper. From a serial killer in mid-century Glasgow, undermining intimate relationships in this psychological th.
Old masters have returned and brand new sleuths have left us thoroughly captivated. And who could be more qualified to pick the very best books of the year than the experts — our favourite crime writers themselves! The Trespasser , the sixth in the series, leaps over the high bar set by French who is alas no relative. Simon Lelic , author of The House :. Touching on issues that are both powerful and harrowing, it is a psychological thriller of the highest order. The twists — of which there are several — hit you with physical force.
At boiks top of any best of true bets list must be the book that revolutionized the genre! Like other popular Nordic noir writers, only to discover the next morning that gasp, and finds himself torn between business and pleasure, Adler-Olsen explores social issues as well as spinning crime yarns. Then he meets Mecha, in noir or any other genre. Gamboa is one of the most ambitious novelists at work today! At the start of the sto.
This year, to help narrow the field, we have weighted our choices in the top 10 to stand-alones and titles in relatively new series. Inevitably, this excludes many outstanding crime novels in much-loved series by some of the most revered authors in the field—Louise Penny, Michael Connelly, Donna Leon, and James Lee Burke, to mention only a few who wrote great books over the last 12 months. The titles below were reviewed in Booklist from May 1, , through April 15, The Boy who Escaped Paradise , by J. Is apparent North Korean defector Gil-mo really an assassin or an autistic mathematical savant? Celine , by Peter Heller.