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Criminally good - the best of American crime and thrillers

A. Roberts "andybluebird"
 
The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
"The grand-daddy of them all. Read any Marlowe, they're all brilliant, but this is my favourite."
King Suckerman (Five Star)
King Suckerman (Five Star)
"George P is still, somehow, underrated it seems. Some of the best dialogue and characters you'll come across. Try him."
Walter Mosley Omnibus: "Devil in a Blue Dress", "Red Death", "White Butterfly"
Walter Mosley Omnibus: "Devil in a Blue Dress", "Red Death", "White Butterfly"
"The first three in the justly-acclaimed Easy Rawlins series. Vividly recreates segregated LA of the 50s. Each is much more than just a crime novel."
The Neon Rain
The Neon Rain
"The very first of the implausibly accomplished Dave Robicheaux novels. So atmospheric you'll be sweating gumbo by chapter 3."
The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia
"Very, very dark and quite gruesome, but brilliantly plotted, taut and pacy. One of the very best, ever."
Long-legged Fly/Moth
Long-legged Fly/Moth
"Long-neglected in the UK, this beautifully packaged edition of 2 Lew Griffin tales is a great introduction to a masterful writer."
Bad Night is Falling
Bad Night is Falling
"Definitely more than just a crime novel. Brings contemporary urban LA vividly to life."
The Maltese Falcon (Read a Great Movie)
The Maltese Falcon (Read a Great Movie)
"Do I need to say anything ? If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for ? Classic barely does it justice."
The Grifters (Read a Great Movie)
The Grifters (Read a Great Movie)
"Dark, seedy, amoral. You can't get much more noir than this."
The Sunday Macaroni Club
The Sunday Macaroni Club
"Seriously good stuff rom a seriously gifted author."
The Company: A Novel of the CIA
The Company: A Novel of the CIA
"Magnificent. Effectively a history of the CIA told in novel form. Huge, but genuinely unputdownable (apart from the danger of contracting RSI)."
The Harlem Cycle: "Rage in Harlem", "Real Cool Killers", "Crazy Kill" v. 1
The Harlem Cycle: "Rage in Harlem", "Real Cool Killers", "Crazy Kill" v. 1
"The two main characters are nicknamed Coffin and Grave Digger - how tough do you want your fiction? Punchy dialogue and a great backdrop in Harlem."
Omnibus - Charles Willeford: Pick-up, Cockfighter, The Burnt Orange Mystery: "Pick Up", "Burnt Orange Heresy", "Cockfighter"
Omnibus - Charles Willeford: Pick-up, Cockfighter, The Burnt Orange Mystery: "Pick Up", "Burnt Orange Heresy", "Cockfighter"
"If you read one, you'll want more, so cut to the chase and get the omnibus. Masterful noir fiction, guaranteed."
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
"Snappy dialogue, guns, punks and hoods. A cracking good read."
American Tabloid
American Tabloid
"In my opinion, superior even to Ellroy's LA Quartet. Truly mesmerising.When you've finished this, go straight out and buy Cold 6000. You will want to, I promise."