Thursday 1st March 2018 is World Book Day. What better way to mark the occasion than with a two-part blog series celebrating top crime novels and authors? We asked Crimestoppers staff to share their favourites.
Part ii: Crimestoppers’ favourite crime novels (want to see our favourite crime authors? Check out part i)
Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett
This is a great novel by the author of The Maltese Falcon, written during the American prohibition. Private eye the ‘Continental Op’, a loner, is paid by the local town industrialist to solve the murder of his son but also to track down four competing gangs. When the Continental Op realizes that his client is also heavily implicated, he plays all parties against each other. Hammett was a private eye himself so his prose is really gritty, well observed, very entertaining and very poised. The detail in his writing would make a great Crimestoppers’ report to the Contact Centre!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie
Part of the ‘Hercule Poirot Series‘, one of the most recognisable crime detectives across the genre. This book is one of Christie’s best known and most controversial novels, the innovative twist ending having a significant impact on the genre. The short biography of Christie which is included in 21st century UK printings of her books calls it her masterpiece.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
A classic novel set in the American Deep South. The crime genre acts as a sub-genre within this novel. Lee masterfully examines the roots of human behaviour by the writing about the trial of a man who was accused of a crime and everything around it to get to the truth. It is an inspired and engaging read.
The Outside, by Albert Camus
Aside from being a great read ‘The Outside’ is a fascinating study of the impact of crime when a person either loses or possesses no moral compass and exists in an emotional and spiritual vacuum.