12 July 2010

Best crime fiction so far in 2010 - the authors

On Saturday I posted this list, collected from friends of this blog, sorted in order of title.

Here is the list now sorted according to author.
** next to an author's name signify the number of times that title was mentioned in the 15 or so lists that I received.
I hope they give you reading lists for the library, the bookshop, or as gifts for friends.

Adrian Hyland    GUNSHOT ROAD
Agatha Christie    MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA
Agatha Christie    THE HOLLOW
Agatha Christie--Graphic Novel    THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD
Alan Glynn    WINTERLAND
Alicia Giménez-Bartlett    DEATH RITES
Andrea Camilleri    THE WINGS OF THE SPHINX
Ann Cleeves    BLUE LIGHTNING
Ann Cleeves    RAVEN BLACK
Antoinette van Heugten    SAVING MAX
Ariana Franklin    CITY OF SHADOWS
Ariana Franklin    MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH
Arnaldur Indridason    SILENCE OF THE GRAVE
Arnaldur Indridason***    HYPOTHERMIA
Asa Larsson    THE SAVAGE ALTAR (AKA SUN STORM)
Barbara Vine    A FATAL INVERSION
Barry Eisler    INSIDE OUT
Belinada Bauer**    BLACKLANDS
Charlie Huston**    THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH
Chris Grabenstein    ROLLING THUNDER
Daniel Woodrell    THE ONES YOU DO
Dashiell Hammett    THE MALTESE FALCON
Dave Zeltserman    KILLER
David Corbett    DO THEY KNOW I'M RUNNING?
Deon Meyer    DEVIL'S PEAK
Domingo Villar**    WATER-BLUE EYES
Don Chaon    AWAIT YOUR REPLY
Donna Leon    ABOUT FACE
Donna Leon     A QUESTION OF BELIEF
Dorothy B. Hughes    IN A LONELY PLACE
Duane Swierczynski    EXPIRATION DATE
E.X. Ferrars    SOMETHING WICKED
Elizabeth Hand    GENERATION LOSS
Elly Griffiths**    THE CROSSING PLACES
Elly Griffiths    THE JANUS STONE
Erin Hart    HAUNTED GROUND
Ernesto Mallo    NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
Fred Vargas    THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN
George Pelecanos    THE TURNAROUND
Hakan Nesser    THE MIND’S EYE
Henning Mankell    THE FIFTH WOMAN
Henning Mankell    THE MAN FROM BEIJING
Henry Chang    YEAR OF THE DOG
Ian Rankin    BLACK AND BLUE
James M Cain    THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
James W. Fuerst    HUGE
Jenn McKinlay    SPRINKLE WITH MURDER
Jess Walter    FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS
Jim Kelly**    DEATH WORE WHITE
Jo Nesbo    NEMESIS
Jo Nesbo**    THE SNOWMAN
Joan Brady    VENOM
Johan Theorin******    THE DARKEST ROOM
Johann Theorin    ECHOES FROM THE DEAD
Josephine Tey    THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR
Judy Blundell    WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED
Karen Maitland    COMPANY OF LIARS
Karin Fossum    THE WATER'S EDGE
Kate Atkinson    CASE HISTORIES
Kwei Quartey    WIFE OF THE GODS
Leighton Gage    BLOOD OF THE WICKED
Leonardo Padura    HAVANA GOLD
Linda Catillo    SWORN TO SILENCE
Lorna Barrett    MURDER IS BINDING
Mari Strachan    EARTH HUMS IN B FLAT
Martin Edwards    THE ARSENIC LABYRINTH
Martin Edwards    THE SERPENT POOL
Matt Beynon Rees    THE GRAVE IN GAZA
Megane Abbot    QUEENPIN
Michael Connelly    THE BRASS VERDICT
Michael Robotham    SHATTER
Michael Robotham    BLEED FOR ME
Michael Stanley    A CARRION DEATH
Neil Cross    CAPTURED
Ngaio Marsh    ARTISTS IN CRIME
Olen Steinhauer    VICTORY SQUARE
Pablo de Santis     THE PARIS ENIGMA
Paddy Richardson    HUNTING BLIND
Peter Lovesey    SKELETON HILL
Peter Robinson    BAD BOY
Peter Temple    DEAD POINT
Peter Temple**    TRUTH
Qui Xiaolong    A LOYAL CHARACTER DANCER
Reginald Hill**    MIDNIGHT FUGUE
Rob Kitchin    THE RULE BOOK
Rob Kitchin    THE WHITE GALLOWS
Ruth Rendell    THE BRIDESMAID
S J Bolton    AWAKENING
S J Rozan    TRAIL OF BLOOD
Santiago Roncagliolo    RED APRIL
Sebastian Faulks    ENGLEBY
Shona MacLean    A GAME OF SORROWS
Shona MacLean    THE REDEMPTION OF ALEXANDER SEATON
Simon Lelic**    A THOUSAND CUTS (RUPTURE)
Sojwall & Wahloo    THE FIRE ENGINE THAT DISAPPEARED
Steig Larsson    THE GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO
Stieg Larsson    THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
Sue Grafton    U IS FOR UNDERTOW
Susan Hill    THE PURE IN HEART
Tana French    FAITHFUL PLACE
Tana French    IN THE WOODS
Tana French**    THE LIKENESS
Tarquin Hall    THE CASE OF THE MISSING SERVANT
Tasha Alexander    AND ONLY TO DECEIVE
Tim Hallinan    THE QUEEN OF PATPONG
Tom Rob Smith    CHILD 44
William Kent Krueger    IRON LAKE
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir    LAST RITUALS
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir    MY SOUL TO TAKE
Zygmunt Miloszewski    ENTANGLEMENT

8 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - This is very helpful! Thanks : ).

Roger Cornwell said...

Good to see two of Ann Cleeves' books in the list, but the first one is BLUE LIGHTNING, not Lightening: flashes in the sky not getting lighter.

Regards
Roger Cornwell
Ann's webmaster

Kerrie said...

Thanks Roger- I'll make the change

kathy d. said...

Thanks so much for this list.

Several books don't have asterisks next to their titles. Does that mean the book was only recommended once?

Again, thanks for this and all of your hard work everyday to keep us informed.

Kerrie said...

You're right Kathy - the ones without an asterisk were mentioned just once in all the lists.

kathy d. said...

Thanks so much. Any chance I can throw bills out, let the laundry pile up, eat fruit and frozen yogurt, iced coffee and tea, turn up the air-conditioning and hide out in my room through August, just traveling through the world without moving, but avidly reading?

As of yesterday, from the library I have "Truth," "Gunshot Road," "The Scarecrow," by M. Connelly. And am in the middle of Kitchins' "The White Gallows," and am sorely tempted to run up the credit card on Book Depository for every book I covet.

Hope your next few months are full of good books, too.

Susan said...

I'm really pleased to see I've read some of these books already, as well as have several waiting to be read, or waiting for them to come out in paperback. Marvelous list of good mysteries, Kerrie!

Jon said...

This quasi-compendium is excellent, the only addition I would proffer is Curtis J Hopfenbeck and his novel "The Liquid City"! It is the most compelling story telling that has been written in a decade. The revival of the 'funny, tough, intellectual' is most certainly guaranteed. For those who loved McDonald's 'McGee' and Parker's 'Spenser', Curtis J Hopfenbeck will be the next literary icon to carry that mantel and to perhaps take it to the next level. I've never read humor and drama so seamlessly and perfectly portrayed. Few writers truly have the gift of prose, but Hopfenbeck puts pen to paper so effortlessly that we are suddenly reminded of the art behind the brilliance, and the masterpieces painted only in words! Hopfenbeck is truly a literary master, and will one day be ranked among the immortal greats.

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