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Subject: 50 crime writers to read before you die
Date Posted: 6/30/2010 8:46 AM ET
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50 crime writers to read before you die at this site.

My take: Lists are never complete but sometimes they have good suggestions. I can understand Andrew Garve and Gavin Black , fine thriller writers from the UK, are forgotten now so they're not on the list. And Erle Stanley Gardner was probably too American, too dated to appear on a list made by Britons. But neither are John D. MacDonald or Nicholas Blake. Not including Ross Macdonald - yow, I'm calling my attorney!!

Your take?

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Date Posted: 6/30/2010 11:00 AM ET
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Cool list.  I have heard of most of the authors but I have only read something of fourteen of them.  Some are currently on my TBR or WL. 

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 1:12 PM ET
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Well I've only read something by 7 of them (though two are on my TBR stack currently), so I really can't be a good judge. (It likely has something to do with the fact that I've never read a mystery written later than 1950.) I've at least heard of 90% of the list (I worked in a bookstore, so I'd be shocked if I hadn't) and the only name that I found peculiar was Steig Larsson. I mean, he may be brilliant, but any time a list that claims to be the best of all time includes something published in the previous five years I have to treat that entry as suspect -- it *may* hold up, but it hasn't been proven to yet. (And BTW, I have not read any of his work (see above note) and do not mean to say it *isn't* as good as the others -- just that it isn't proven yet.)

I have to say though, I've gotten tired of people dissing Agatha Christie. I know it's not cool to like the big name person, but I have yet to find another mystery writer with her sheer plotting genius.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 2:43 PM ET
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I've read something (and in some cases, all) by 23 of them, and have Mankell and Camilleri in my TBR pile. That said, I could easily add at least 50 more, at least of my favorites, and I too find the addition of Larsson at this early stage amazing, especially with omissions such as the OP pointed out, and Marjorie Allingham,  Rex Stout, and Josephine Tey, etc..  

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 3:13 PM ET
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They have some of my favorites (Westlake and Van de Vetering.) They left out Eric Ambler. How can an English paper forget Ambler? "A Coffin for Demetrios" is a classic.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 5:20 PM ET
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Hmm...they list Ruth Rendell but no P.D.James?  Really?  And if they are going to include Steig Larsson, Ian Rankin, John Harvey and Val McDermid should be on the list as well, imo.