CLASSIC CRIME FICTION

PDI Bookclub: 10 All-Time Great Crime Fiction Reads…

 

This blog post offers a listing of 10 works, in no particular order or ranking. Pulled from a variety of time periods and settings, their overall popularity attests to the assertion that each is worthy of being read by anyone who enjoys a great Crime Drama.

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The classic thriller that launched the #1 detective series of the past 25 years, and listed as one of PBS’s “100 Great American Reads”

 

Alex Cross a tough guy from a tough part of town who just happens to wear designer tweed jackets and often relaxes by tickling the ivories of his baby grand piano. He’s fathered two adorable kids who may prove to be his own special vulnerability. Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman to hold the position as supervisor of the Secret Service. Blonde, mysterious, and seductive, with a tough outer shell that rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?

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“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times

 

Summer 1984, Dublin, mothers begin to call their children home from play. But on this warm evening, three children don’t make it home from the dark and silent woods. Authorities find one of the children wearing bloody sneakers, still gripping a tree trunk in terror, unable to remember a single detail of how he got there or what has happened. Twenty years later, Rob Ryan, the only child found on that horrific night is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad. He keeps that night a distant memory until a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods opening the door to a chillingly similar mystery.

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Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades...

 

Our worst nightmare comes to life. An ordinary citizen faces conviction for a heinous crime. Presumed Innocent is the stunning portrayal of one man’s all-too-human, passionate attraction for a sensuous woman who is not his wife, and the story of how the obsession puts everything he cares about on trial, including his own life. It’s a shocking world of betrayal, murder, and the emotional complexities of the human heart. It’s a story guaranteed to haunt your memory, long after you discover its shattering conclusion…

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The mesmerizing read that launched the spine-chilling motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

 

Book one in the Lincoln Rhyme series introduces readers to a once brilliant criminologist and genius in the field of forensics, whose life is forever changed by an accident that left him physically and emotionally shattered. Now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying duel of wits. With the help of police detective Amelia Sachs, Rhyme follows a labyrinth of clues that stretches back to a dark chapter in NYC’s past and brings the duo into the darkness of the mind of a madman, who won’t stop until he has stripped life down to the bone…

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Over 50 years old, yet it still endures as a classic must-read…

 

In Cold Blood is a non-fiction work by Truman Capote inspired by the details of the murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Capote traveled to Kansas with his childhood friend and fellow author Harper Lee. Together, they interviewed local residents and investigators assigned to the case, reportedly taking thousands of pages of notes. In Cold Blood is the captivating result of their investigation…

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The page-turning book that led to the captivating film starring  Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Matthew McConaughey.

 

The life of a ten-year-old black girl is destroyed by the drunken desires of two remorseless young men. The predominantly white town of Clanton, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the crime. Then the young girl’s father finds a rifle and takes justice into his own hands. For ten days burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, as a nation is held spellbound by a young defense attorney struggling to save his client’s life, and eventually his own…

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“The best of [John D. MacDonald’s stand-alone] novels . . . an acute psychological study of base instinct, terror, mistakes, and raw emotion.” —Lee Child

 

How far would you go to save your family? A mild-mannered family is tormented by an obsessed criminal and with the authorities powerless to protect them, they must take the law into their own hands. Fourteen years have passed since Sam Bowden’s testimony put Max Cady behind bars. Ever since, the convicted rapist has been nursing a grudge and longing for his chance to exact his revenge. He’s been desperate to destroy the man he holds responsible for his incarceration and finally, his time has come…

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Discover the hauntingly fascinating novel from Patricia Cornwell that launched the #1 New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series.

 

Richmond, Virginia, under cover of night a monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. City medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, fears the worst. Could this be the deliberate actions of a brilliant serial killer whose signature only the slightest hint of clues. With an eye for intricate detail, Scarpetta utilizes cutting-edge advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will push Kay to her limits, because it’s being sabotaged from within and someone wants to be sure she ends up dead…

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LAPD homicide detective, Harry Bosch, must choose between justice and vengeance as he teams up with the FBI in Book #1 of this blockbuster series

 

The body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic, for maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, this one’s personal. The murdered man was a fellow Vietnam “tunnel rat” who fought side by side with Bosch in a hellish underground war. A dangerous maze of blind alleys leads to a daring criminal heist beneath the city and Bosch’s survival instincts will be put to the test. Going head to head with faceless enemies inside the department, Bosch is forced to chose between justice and vengeance as he goes on the hunt for the killer whose true identity will astound…

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If you’re drawn to that tension that holds you suspended between the realms of “I don’t wanna know” and “I can’t wait to find out” this is your next enchanting read…

 

Countless ancient tunnels run beneath the streets of New York City; all conceal their own suspicious past. In one such tunnel, a charnel house is discovered and inside thirty-six bodies are found, all murdered, then mutilated more than a century ago. As FBI agent AXL Pendergast begins his investigation into the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. Your fascination with the nightmare has begun; I dare you to close the pages and walk away…

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  • Please Note: Our reading lists are comprised of traditionally published works. There are many independently published authors who produce quality work, but there are an even larger number who produce work that could be of much higher quality with greater attention to editing and overall production value. Since we cannot vet them all, we have chosen to restrict the PDI Book Club lists to traditionally published work.
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