Dan Newman’s Top Ten Crime Fiction Recommendations

Here’s the thing. As much as I love an adrenaline-drenched thriller which keeps me up until way past my bedtime, almost none of my friends or family read this genre. Either because they had tried and it’s not their cup of tea or, in some cases, because they simply don’t know where to start. So, I decided to ask crime fiction writer and author of The Clearing Dan Newman to help me out and share his top ten crime fiction recommendations for people who want to get into this genre. Over to you, Dan. :)

Hi Vicky, thank you so much for letting me trot out my top 10…  It’s a tough list to call with so much talent out there – and I’m sure I’ll leave out some great ones – but here we go.

1. Okay, it’s not straight up crime, but it’s the best damn thing I’ve ever read, and it’s my list so I get to call it…  The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
2. A Dry White Season by Andre Brink (I’m stretching the genre, but surely there are few larger crimes than apartheid?)
3. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre
4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson
6. True Crime by Andrew Klavan
7. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
8. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
9.  Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
10. Devil in a Blue Dress – Walter Mosely

I have to agree with Dan, if I could only recommend one crime novel to someone it would definitely be Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I must have read it at least four or five times and I’m pretty sure if I picked it up for the sixth time it would still freak me out.

How about you? Those of you who like this genre, which book(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to explore the world of crime fiction but doesn’t really know where to start?

11 Responses to “Dan Newman’s Top Ten Crime Fiction Recommendations”

  1. I am absolutely checking these up. I love reading crime, but never do enough of it. I must get back o that, and discover what else is there besides Agatha Christie. I’ve had Millennium series on my list for ages and it’s about time I crack the books.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I love And Then There Were None, it shocked me when the killer was revealed! And spooked me while reading. My favourite thriller authors are Tana French (so I LOVE your pic above!) and Harlan Coben. There is good few books above that I haven’t yet read so I’ll add them to my always expanding to-read list! Thanks for the recs :)
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  3. Pauline says:

    Great list! And I completely agree about And Then There Were None, it’s one of the scariest books I’ve read. So brilliant! A Dry White Season is another great book so I was happy to see it on this list. More people should read it!
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    • Dan says:

      Yes – I love Andre Brink. There’s some writers that have this capacity to drop your jaw in an entirely subtle way… and he does that really well.

  4. Oh, new books to add to my TBR!

    Oddly, this is what my Top Ten Tuesday was last week, the top then books I’d recommend to someone new to the crime/thriller/mystery genre.
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  5. Great list. I’ve only read one (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) although I’ve read another book by Walter Mosley (Bad Boy Brawly Brown) which was great. I tried The Road, but couldn’t get past the first page. Maybe I should try again, but first I need to read the Agatha Christie books on my shelf!
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    • Vicky says:

      Great plan! I have quite a lot of Agatha Christie books on my shelf that I still need to read too.

    • Dan says:

      You have to persevere with The Road… it really is brilliant – from the way McCarthy uses words to the use of punctuation. It’s really worth sticking to it. For my money, McCarthy is the best living writer today.

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