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Initial post: 7 Oct 2010 11:54:05 BDT
Help! I love Rankin and Don Winslow amongst others but am finding it increasingly difficult to find other well researched, well written gritty crime novels. Any suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2010 13:26:54 BDT
Marquez says:
Try Stuart MacBride or Mark billingham

Posted on 7 Oct 2010 13:29:30 BDT
"Harlan Coben" mate without a doubt .. amazing crime writer try "Tell No One" .. first one I ever read and never really read much back then .. this one book turned me into a big reader.!

Posted on 7 Oct 2010 13:33:07 BDT
Marquez says:
Also Christopher Brookmyre, not really gritty crime writer but elements of crime with Scottish humour.

Posted on 7 Oct 2010 23:56:48 BDT
Ms. Wyatt says:
Please try Rebecca Tope's mysteries and intrigue in the Cotswolds.... A bloody good read....

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Marion Stein says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2010 12:03:59 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
i presume you've done James Ellroy and Michael Connelly

Posted on 8 Oct 2010 12:56:31 BDT
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Posted on 8 Oct 2010 15:57:44 BDT
I don't think you can look past Robert Crais, Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben. I just finished this morning another wonderful Ross Macdonald book, The Instant Enemy. A really excellent, often overlooked book is David Simon's 1991 Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets which set in motion his switch from newspaperman to award-winning TV dramatist. Perhaps the police procedural book of the last 15 years. By the way my book Bolt Action is not a crime book, but is an okay read.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2010 16:28:49 BDT
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LEP says:
Kathy Reichs, Karen Slaughter, Patricia Cornwall, James Patterson, David Baldacci, Greg Iles.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2010 16:38:32 BDT
LEP says:
Steg Larsson
Henning Mankell
Lee Child
Peter Robinson
Peter James
R D Wingfield
P D James
Mark Billingham
Stuart MacBride
Lynda La Plante
Martina Cole
Jessie Keane

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2010 17:21:21 BDT
I agree with Jonathon kellerman .. I have only read "Monster" but it was brilliant!

Posted on 8 Oct 2010 18:23:17 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2010 12:42:43 BDT
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Big man says:
You could try Churchill's Queen, a novel about the Queen Elizabeth liner's maiden voyage in 1940. It's in the news a lot at the moment because of the new Queen Elizabeth liner making her first sailing today. The story is reminiscent of Foyle's War or The Eagle Has Landed. Selling very well on iPad, not as popular on Kindle.

Churchill's Queen: A fictional story based on actual events

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2010 16:33:24 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
another plug for the incomparable Ross MacDonald - Lew Archer, the best PI in the business

Posted on 12 Oct 2010 16:53:06 BDT
Sarah says:
I LOVE Val Mcdermid's series

The Tony Hill/Carol Jordan were the first one's I read starting with Mermaid's Singing and I think Ending with Fever of the bone, Really good ones (also wire in the blood from ITV is part of the series except the book is SO much better)

Then there is the her series with Lindsey Gordon, They are good, really interesting reads

Now I am waiting for my kindle to arrive to buy her Kate Branning series.

She also has stand alone thrillers like Place of Execution (was only featured on ITV the book again SO much better) and A Darker Domain and a few others.

Once you start reading then you won't want to stop!

Posted on 12 Oct 2010 17:17:59 BDT
Mel says:
hmmmm, I was about to suggest Bolt Action too. Its not a crime book as such, although plenty of crimes are involved. It is a great thriller, its modern, its gritty. Mr Charters is indeed being modest! his book is not an okay read, no where near okay, its a great read, with amazing characters and plots that could actually happen. I love most of the authors listed here, and Charlie Charters book, is without doubt, amazing!! I want to see the film, or series, it would give Spooks/24 a run for the money.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2010 17:34:49 BDT
Marion Stein says:
@Huck Flynn
I grew up on Ross MacDonald, my father was a big fan. I'd recommend him, except for the fact that after you've read a couple in the series, they tend to run together. There's definitely a formula involving family secrets and stories about rich people where something happening a generation or more prior to the story's beginning. If I was going to pick ONE Lew Archer book, I'd go with either The Drowning Pool (Canongate Crime Classics) or The Moving Target (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard), both of which were made into films with Paul Newman. In the films, the detective is named "Harper" as Newman was on an "H" streak with Hud. In the book, the detective was of course named for Sam Spade's poor of a doop, slain partner in The Maltese Falcon.

Marion
Loisaida -- A New York Story

Posted on 12 Oct 2010 18:55:00 BDT
Mel says:
Dr Alex, have you confirmed all her organs are intact?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2010 10:00:53 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
i agree that there is a recurring theme in MacDonald - the missing daughter - fascinatingly based on his own experience - his own daughter went missing and i think the experience traumatised him and makes his writing so tense. married to another great crime author(ess) Margaret Millar. i think my faves are Wycherley Woman, Underground Man and Goodbye Look but they're all good (see below). enjoyed the films too.
The Moving Target - 1949 (filmed with Paul Newman as Harper, 1966)
The Drowning Pool - 1950 (also filmed with Paul Newman as "Lew Harper", 1976)
The Way Some People Die - 1951
The Ivory Grin - 1952
Find a Victim - 1954
The Barbarous Coast - 1956
The Doomsters - 1958
The Galton Case - 1959
The Wycherly Woman - 1961
The Zebra-Striped Hearse - 1962
The Chill - 1964
The Far Side of the Dollar - 1965
Black Money - 1966
The Instant Enemy - 1968
The Goodbye Look - 1969
The Underground Man - 1971
Sleeping Beauty - 1973
The Blue Hammer - 1976

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Posted on 14 Oct 2010 12:30:11 BDT
Marion Stein says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2010 14:15:59 BDT
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Huck Flynn says:
i know -that's why i put it in parentheses
but i do think you'll find it's Margaret Millar - or maybe you've uncovered another missing person ;-)
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