Best Crime Fiction Novels and Character

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  1. What do you think is the best crime fiction novels out there and which are the best crime fiction character.
  2. Sherlock Holmes (of course). I also quite like Catherine Aird.
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  3. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    nelson demille - never read a crap one. james patterson does some good books as well.

    I don't do a lot of crime books - still haven't started the reacher stuff
  4. I have never read a crime novel yet that bears any resemblance to a real police investigation. Same with Crime Fiction on the box.
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  5. Christopher Brookmyre - a brilliant Scottish author who has had me roaring with laughter. His character developement is excellent and you find that even the worst, most evil villian has a backstory that explains their actions. His more recent stuff is a little strange, but always a good read.
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  6. Question-By crime novel, do you written from the POV of the Criminal? In which case, 'Kill your friends' by John Niven is a funny piss-take of the 1990's music scene.

    Otherwise, James Lee Burke's stuff is good, or, for the UK, Phil Rickman's stuff is pretty good.

    Oh-and don't read any James Patterson.
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  7. skid2

    skid2 LE Book Reviewer

    True, have you seen the PSNI clear up rate.

    John Sandfords stuff is pretty good.

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  8. My first book. It doesn't have a title, is definitely in the 'development' stage and could take a while yet. However it will be an absolutely brilliant read as the main protagonist commits serious crime for fun and always stitches someone else up for it.
  9. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    that's half of james pattersons plots there and lee child.
  10. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    With that background, the obvious name would be "ARRSE Bandit"
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  11. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    I picked up a couple without knowing what they were but they were set in southampton/isle of wight and rather good.
  12. I've enjoyed the Rebus books by Ian Rankin, although the first was a gobbler.
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  13. The Bosch books by Michael Connolly.
    The Rebus books by Ian Rankin.
    The Reacher books by Lee Child.
    The Banks books by Peter Robinson.
    The Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle.
    And not strictly crime, but the James Bond books by Ian Fleming.

    Read them all, and although they are all formulaic I enjoy them.

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  14. Bernie Gunther sardonic Berlin detective

    pre world world 2 through national socialism through to the 50's. au author Phillip Kerr.

    Good reads. Good insight into pre war Berlin& the Nazi rise to power.

    Stuart Mcbride. Macabre detective novels featuring Logan MacRae.

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