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Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way.

Posted by underalilacmoon on 2008.08.20 at 12:11
The Times put out a list this year of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. Here it goes.

50. Sara Paretsky
49. Henning Mankell
48. Nicholas Blake
47. Colin Dexter
46. Josephine Tey
45. Donna Leon
44. Harlan Coben
43. Andrea Camilleri
42. Alexander McCall Smith
41. Edmund Crispin
40. Dick Francis
39. Scott Turow
38. Patricia Cornwell
37. Michael Dibdin
36. Reginald Hill
35. Walter Mosley
34. Carl Hiaasen
33. Minette Walters
32. Margery Allingham
31. George Pelecanos
30. Derek Raymond
29. Edgar Allan Poe
28. Val McDermid
27. Karin Fossum
26. Manuel Vazquez Montalban
25. Francis Iles
24. Wilkie Collins
23. John Harvey
22. Dorothy L. Sayers
21. Charles Willeford
20. James Ellroy
19. Ross Macdonald
18. Ruth Rendell
17. Cornell Woolrich
16. John Dickson Carr
15. Maj Sjowall & Per wahloo
14. Jim Thompson
13. Dashiell Hammett
12. P.D. James
11. Dennis Lehane
10. James Lee Burke
9. Ian Rankin
8. James M. Cain
7. Ed McBain
6. Arthur Conan Doyle
5. Elmore Leonard
4. Raymond Chandler
3. Agatha Christie
2. Georges Simenon
1. Patricia Highsmith


My interest in crime/mystery novels lies in anti-heroes (see The Talented Mr. Ripley by the lovely Patricia Highsmith and the Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay) as well as the more cozy village variety as specifically written by Canadian Louise Penny. I've also got a definite soft spot for Raymond Chandler and want to read more vintage crime from his era, especially The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson. Gilda is my favourite femme fatale and I'm interested in female serial killers as well.

(and yes, I am the sort of girl who read Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie as a child)

unsuicide (that's my HusbandMan, in the other room watching The Maltese Falcon at the moment) and I wanted to start this community to talk crime books and movies with anyone willing to talk back. We've got more than enough mystery novels, lists of top crime writers and reference books on film noir kicking around our apartment to share.

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