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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2013, 07:11:02 PM »
If you'd like a mix of crime fiction and science fiction, I'd highly recommend Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and, if you like these two, the conclusion of the trilogy, The Robots of Dawn, which I don't think is quite as tight as the first two.



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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #51 on: October 11, 2013, 12:04:22 AM »
I'm adding these Asimov Cri-Fi / Sci-Fi novels to my wish list.
Check out Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Novels) by Richard K. Morgan

It was Cri-Fi / Sci-Fi and a blast.

Excellent novel!

And here's another cri-fi/sci-fi novel - John Stith's Redshift Rendezvous - murder aboard a starship traveling faster than the speed of light, and the solution depends upon an understanding of the strange effects of ftl travel.

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« Reply #52 on: October 11, 2013, 11:48:49 AM »
And here's another cri-fi/sci-fi novel - John Stith's Redshift Rendezvous - murder aboard a starship traveling faster than the speed of light, and the solution depends upon an understanding of the strange effects of ftl travel.

Ooh - that looks interesting, thanks. Might have to buy that one....













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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #53 on: October 11, 2013, 01:15:30 PM »
Ooh - that looks interesting, thanks. Might have to buy that one....

It's as tight a crime story as you could ask for  - in effect, a step by step police procedural, in which the investigation has to take into account evidence and testimony that could be warped due to the faster-than-light speed of the murder scene.

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #54 on: October 12, 2013, 08:50:35 AM »
Any other fans of Georges Simenon - specifically the non-Maigret romans durs?

Short, dark, claustrophobic tales of average joes taken to their limits, whose subsequent decisions and actions lead to a downward spiral of madness and (usually) murder.

He's *cough* criminally under-represented on Kindle thus far (there are well over 100 of these short novels from the prolific Simenon), but some of NYRB's excellent reprints have made it to the format. Check out Dirty Snow or Act of Passion for a start.


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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #55 on: October 12, 2013, 05:43:32 PM »
A very fine reading bar you got there. Some interesting titles for me there... Thanks.

Thanks!  I love the reading bars, it's so much fun to see what people are reading.

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #56 on: October 15, 2013, 04:05:10 AM »
Any other fans of Georges Simenon - specifically the non-Maigret romans durs?

Short, dark, claustrophobic tales of average joes taken to their limits, whose subsequent decisions and actions lead to a downward spiral of madness and (usually) murder.

He's *cough* criminally under-represented on Kindle thus far (there are well over 100 of these short novels from the prolific Simenon), but some of NYRB's excellent reprints have made it to the format. Check out Dirty Snow or Act of Passion for a start.

The Georges Simenon stories look great Phil. I'm adding them to my wish list.

Have you read Allan Guthrie? He weaves a great tale. Its gritty and has lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend it.

Try Two-Way Split by Allan Guthrie http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005890S3C
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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #57 on: October 15, 2013, 04:12:32 AM »
Sounds good!  For $0.99 I'll give it a try.

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #58 on: October 16, 2013, 09:38:12 AM »
I have to say that he has appeared on my radar, Garrard, but as yet I haven't picked anything up. I'll have to rectify that, I think...


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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #59 on: October 18, 2013, 05:32:04 AM »
I have to say that he has appeared on my radar, Garrard, but as yet I haven't picked anything up. I'll have to rectify that, I think...

Hi Phil, You might also like Adrian McKinty. I've read all his novels and they are brilliant. Start with the first book in his Dead trilogy.

Dead I Well May Be: A Novel by Adrian McKinty http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FBJHVC

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #60 on: October 19, 2013, 01:48:36 AM »
Anything by James Ellroy.
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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #61 on: October 25, 2013, 04:09:39 AM »
Duane Swierczynski writes an action packed thriller. It's a fun read.

Fun and Games (Charlie Hardie #1) by Duane Swierczynski http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00486UCX2

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #62 on: October 25, 2013, 11:13:14 AM »
I used to love Leslie Charteris 'The Saint' novels, and I'm a great fan of Elmore Leonard, Jim Thompson, Richard Stark's Parker series, Lawrence Block's Hitman series, and Andrew Vachss 'Burke' novels.

I enjoy protagonists who are ambivalent and ambiguous with regards to the law and/or cultural mores.


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« Reply #63 on: October 25, 2013, 11:30:46 AM »
Anybody mentioned Zoe Sharp? Her Charlie Fox series is well worth a read. Ex-military-turned-mercenary woman in various situations.













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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #64 on: October 27, 2013, 06:41:16 PM »
Michael Connelly weavers a great detective novel. This is the one that started it all for Harry Bosch.

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SEVYSA

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2013, 12:40:41 PM »
And here's another cri-fi/sci-fi novel - John Stith's Redshift Rendezvous - murder aboard a starship traveling faster than the speed of light, and the solution depends upon an understanding of the strange effects of ftl travel.

If I recall correctly, most of Stith's work involves detective work in some form. It's the reason I've read all of them. It's disappointing that he hasn't published any new novels in over 15 years.


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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #66 on: November 03, 2013, 11:14:44 AM »
I think I might have mentioned these before but the Lewis  trilogy by Peter May is brilliant. The titles are The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen. Very atmospheric.

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« Reply #67 on: November 07, 2013, 03:46:07 AM »
Tower by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman was an awesome book. Its a gritty read written from two character's point of view.


http://www.amazon.com/Tower-Novel-Ken-Bruen-ebook/dp/B00BI9VZY2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1383824605&sr=1-1&keywords=tower%2C+ken+bruen

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« Reply #68 on: November 12, 2013, 05:57:22 PM »
Allan Guthrie's Hard Man was a great read.

Hard Man by Allan Guthrie http://www.amazon.com/dp/0151012989

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« Reply #69 on: November 13, 2013, 07:47:44 AM »
One of my favorites, but a little offbeat, is Liza Cody's Bucket Nut.

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« Reply #70 on: November 14, 2013, 01:01:18 AM »
Ian Rankin's Rebus series is terrific reading, plus I really enjoyed "Doors Open", one of Rankin's stand-alone novels, also set in Edinburgh.

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« Reply #71 on: November 14, 2013, 10:27:43 AM »
I just finished Coyote by Linda Barnes. Set in Boston.  Carlotta is a PI and part-time cab drive who is a Big Sister to a 10-year old Latina. A woman comes to Carlotta's office with her PI business card and $500, but leaves without providing contact info. And ends up dead. That starts Carlotta on a quest to find out why, and it leads to a sweat shop with illegal immigrants. Good plot. A bit too much internal dialogue about routes taken through Boston and a couple of other topics, but that could be skimmed.


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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #72 on: November 30, 2013, 10:03:24 AM »
Any other fans of Georges Simenon - specifically the non-Maigret romans durs?

Short, dark, claustrophobic tales of average joes taken to their limits, whose subsequent decisions and actions lead to a downward spiral of madness and (usually) murder.

He's *cough* criminally under-represented on Kindle thus far (there are well over 100 of these short novels from the prolific Simenon), but some of NYRB's excellent reprints have made it to the format. Check out Dirty Snow or Act of Passion for a start.

I love Simenon's non-Maigret books (though I'm a big fan of the Maigret books, too). Dirty Snow is superb; The Man Who Watched Trains Go By is another fine piece of noir; and The Engagement is a compelling and ultimately hearbreaking piece of dark fiction. Not everything Simenon wrote is great, or even good, but for such a prolific writer his hit-to-miss ratio is astonishing.


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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #73 on: November 30, 2013, 05:59:22 PM »
If you're looking for something new and genuinely innovative, I'd suggest David Pearce's Red Riding Trilogy. His style doesn't appeal to everybody, though. So try a sample before you buy. I think he's great.

I'm seconding the Red Riding Quartet (it's actually four books, though the TV adaption was a trilogy). Excellent series.

I like Ken Bruen as well.

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Re: Crime Fiction Recommendations?
« Reply #74 on: November 30, 2013, 06:53:03 PM »
I can't believe I missed this thread earlier....

I'm a huge fan of Robert Crais.  And while I love his series (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike -- which are a blend of hard-boiled and action thriller) I think his standalone non-series books are really worth a look: I particularly love Demolition Angel, and Hostage. (While the movie they made of Hostage is not bad, it just doesn't touch the inside-the-head stresses of the cops and criminals that Crais does so well.)

Two police procedural writers:

Archer Mayor has been writing police procedurals about Vermont cops for a long time. The series starts in Brattleboro, but the series evolves as the top detective gets to start a state "major crimes" unit and he takes some of his sidekicks along.  I think I started this series with the fourth or fifth book The Skeleton's Knee, and it seems like a good place to start.

Stuart M. Kaminsky wrote four series.  While I love his semi-silly hard-boiled P.I. pastiche series (Toby Peters) best, he also did some great work with dark police procedurals. His most famous is the Russian police procedural series about Inspector Porfiry Rostinkov.  (Death of a Dissident, Black Knight in Red Square, Red Chameleon are the first three.)

And his shorter series about Chicago detective, Abe Lieberman, who is elderly, and always beset by family and community problems, but has a kind of miraculous superhero aspect in his smarts and determination.  These stories are often about the other characters whose dysfunctional lives revolve around him -- from victims to mobsters to other cops to his family.  It seems to me all of these are great.  My favorite is the one where his superior's past catches up with him, but unfortunately, I can't remember which one that is.

Open Road Media has come out with the earlier books of both Mayor and Kaminsky, so at last all of their books are again in print.

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