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?


  1. 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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    • 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.

    • says

      Was it? I’ll definitely go and check it out later. I’m not new to the genre but it’s always nice to get some book recommendations :)

    • 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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