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Crime novels — great and otherwise
The Ripley Omnibus: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Underground, Ripley's Game
"Who needs the movies when you can have true perfection? . . ."
This Sweet Sickness
". . . and Patricia Highsmith was much more than the Ripley novels — this is the best of the rest"
A Judgement In Stone
"We can't overlook Ruth Rendell either — this is real "psychological crime"!"
Cover Her Face
"Perhaps the best latter-day detective fiction (Adam Dalgliesh) — start here."
Wexford: An Omnibus: "From Doon with Death", "New Lease of Death" and "Best Man to Die" 1st
"That said, Rendell als writes brilliant detective fiction (Wexford) . . ."
A Dark-adapted Eye
". . . and a masterpiece of completely different crime fiction as well — read also "A Fatal Inversion""
"While not a crime author, Theroux wrote a terrific crime novel"
Killing the Shadows
"Over the top (sometimes), but McDermid can write pretty good thrillers — this one's worth it for the profiler-novel parodies alone"
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
"It's not a perfect world — alas. The much-hyped P. D. James protegé gets off to a shaky start: a dodgy marriage of detective and psychological (when I read a "mystery," I want MYSTERY!!) . . ."
Well Schooled in Murder (Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
". . . picks up a bit (although child and spousal abuse drags this down) . . ."
A Suitable Vengeance
". . . collapses in pretensions and a love _rectangle_ (yes) . . ."
For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
". . . restarts again (still a bit too long, though) . . ."
A Traitor to Memory: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 10 (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 11)
". . . before collapsing again — perhaps irrevocably if "I, Richard" and "A Place of Hiding" were anything to go by . . ."
Missing Joseph (Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
". . . and enough with all the sex, for christsake!! — In almost _every novel!!_(When I read a "mystery," I _don't_ want HARDCORE PORN!!!)"
And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie Collection)
"Oh, but how could I forget — this and "THE ABC MURDERS" are terrific."
The Ruby in the Smoke (Point)
""His Dark Materials" is classic — but this underrated series, starting here, is just as good"
The Cornell Woolrich Omnibus (A Penguin mystery)
"Real suspense fiction — this takes care of a lot of his best stuff (not much is in print, anyway)"
The Killer Inside Me (CRIME MASTERWORKS)
"Noir, suspense, and psychological in one! (And not as overboard as Ellroy)"
The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The High Window (Everyman's Library Classics)
"Like crime? You NEED this — it's where the clichés came from! . . ."
Collected Stories (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
"(You'd want this too — very good.)"
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot)
". . . oh, and from here, too. And Miss Marple. (Don't forget "THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD," either!)"
Moonlight Becomes You: A Novel
""Formulaic" be damned — these rock! (They're suspense fiction, if you wanted to know.)"
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: WITH The Mystery of the Marie Roget (Classic Fiction)
"For the more daunting, this — and Conan Doyle — are where detective fiction came from (the other Poe stories are also pretty good)"
Sue Grafton: Three Complete Novels; A, B & C: A is for Alibi; B Is for Burglar; C Is for Corpse
"Great modern P.I. novels — likewise those from Sara Paretsky"
Bloody Murder: from the Detective Story to the Crime Novel
"And finally, a wonderful (and in this edition, delightfully scathing) overview of crime fiction."
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