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Discussion in 'General mystery discussion' started by ylris611203, May 1, 2008.
What is your all time favourite Crime, Thriller or Mystery book, ONE preference only.
I don't read many of them but I remember And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie was entertaining. Check out the less than friendly alternate title here.
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.
Great suggestions so far!
And Then There Were None and The Black Dahlia were terrific reads. I've read Ellroy's novel twice now: once in Portuguese, and then in English. It's not only a great crime novel, it's a terrifying horror novel.
I'm actually very fond of a little-known novel by the renowned author Jim Thompson: The Nothing Man. To me it synthesises all the best aspects of a favorite sub-genre of crime fiction: the protagonist who commits a murder and spends the entire novel manipulating the investigation to remain free. The cat-and-mouse game is delightful when you know the killer is the protagonist
Mine would be The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte.
Wasn't that the novel Roman Polanski turned into a movie starring Johnny Depp?
Yes, it is. The movie only focuses on a small part of the novel's plot though. A shame really because it had such excellent source material.
All time best thriller: James Ellroy as mentioned above, but the book is AMERICAN TABLOID.
If Rebecca counts (I've never been quite sure what category that book belongs in), that would be my favourite.
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.
I don't think I can narrow it down to one author.
Lawrence Block has several series out that are excellent, his new one about Keller the laconic hit man is funny in a black humor sort of way, but for good detective work, I'd say Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series is certainly one of the best.
I've also discovered Jo Nesbo's The Redbreast, which oddly enough is part of a series as well.
But that isn't counting Poirot.
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 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
Ahh, yes Benjamin Black of course!
But also I forgot Dick Francis. I have all of his, a friend started me on Francis almost 25 years ago, and I read all the ones he'd written up till then, and then could hardly wait till the yearly new one came out. No, he is not hard crime, but his characters are so well drawn and the story so heartfelt, I have to love them.
The Westlake I have is Baby, Would I Lie?, I just picked one out of a list.
I am with you on Simenon. Not that I would single out any one book of his.
As far as Westlake is concerned, why not try something really far out: Adios Shererazade. The narrator is a porn writer with writer's block who gets in trouble with his wife's unsavoury brothers.
If I had to choose just one title, it would be The Dead of Winter by William Hallahan (I must have posted this title at least 3 times by now - maybe really nobody knows this guy? Can't be).
Robert Ludlum's Bourne Books, and Thomas Harris' Hannibal books.
All of Lisa Gardners books. I've read 3 of them now, and I just can't put them down! Crime and romance,THE best!!
Night Fall by Nelson DeMille
The murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie
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