All time favorite crime is James Ellroy's "LA Quartet" of Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, and White Jazz. These books are like a refinery on fire, you're just waiting for the next tank to blow.
Seconded. He's my favorite American author and his prose is like nobody else's. How I wish he would get around to finishing his new one.All time best thriller: James Ellroy as mentioned above, but the book is AMERICAN TABLOID.
Lawrence Block is excellent indeed,he work with sometime with Donald Westlake.In the same line,Ed mcBain is quite good to.I read Fat Ollies book not long ago and reely liked it.
In the classic you might add Mr Maigret.
So I guess that means I need to get to the one Westlake and the one Maigret in my stacks then. They were both experimental purchases recommended on other forums.
I am with you on Simenon. Not that I would single out any one book of his.I would be sure of Maigret,the stories are alway good and so is the style.Westlake is more a matter of taste,i think he get's on the nerves of many.I know the on you have but did not read it yet, i would recommend the axe short and less humourus novel.
would not Benjamin Black be on your top list Pontalba