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Subject: Top 10- 20th Century Crime Fiction Writers(in my opinion, of coarse)
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 4:43 AM ET
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Raymond Chandler

Dashiell Hammet

James Cain

Cornell Woolrich

Earl Stanley Gardner

David Goodis

Jim Thompson

James Ellroy

Elmore Leonard

Bill Pronzini

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 9:08 AM ET
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No Fredric Brown?  Love his stuff, especially the books with Ed Hunter. 

If you haven't read Bruno Fischer, check his books out.  I think of them as "men in jeopardy" books, the opposite of the Mary Roberts Rinehart "woman in jeopardy" books.  Fischer's usually feature a man living a normal boring life getting into a dangerous situation, usually through events outside his control.  One of my favorites is Quoth the Raven, which has a man who owns a corner grocery store getting involved with murder because of the actions of his wife.  Good stuff.

I also recently discovered Fletcher Flora.  I started with Skulldoggery, which is a kind of humorous book about a dog and an inheritence, moved on to Killing Cousins, which begins with a woman trying to figure out how to get away with her husband's murder, and recently finished Park Avenue Tramp, which has to be one of the darker things I've read recently--all about a woman who seduces a man, knowing full well her jealous husband is going to exact his revenge.

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:47 AM ET
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All male writers.  Interesting.

My list would include P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie.  Josephine Tey and Ngaio Marsh would probably be on it too.  I've not really thought about it though.

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 3:08 AM ET
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I'm sorry about not including any female writers, I think that reveals a little subconscious bigotry on my part. They definitely deserve a spot on here as well.

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 9:10 AM ET
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I haven't read a lot of the ones mentioned, so while they may be excellent I have no way of knowing that. LOL

My own personal top ten (in no particular order)

  1. Agatha Christie
  2. Ed McBain
  3. John D. MacDonald
  4. Martha Grimes
  5. John LeCarre
  6. Ellis Peters
  7. Raymond Chandler
  8. Colin Dexter
  9. Ellery Queen
  10. P.D. James

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 9:54 AM ET
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and of course Dorothy L. Sayers

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 4:34 PM ET
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You know...I don't believe I've ever read a Dorothy L. Sayers book. Does that make me a heretic? LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 6:27 PM ET
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Does that make me a heretic?

I think it might! 

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 1:38 AM ET
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Didn't see Ross Macdonald listed by anyone. Is this an oversight or intentional?

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 12:57 PM ET
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Oversight I'm sure.  Though I much prefer Macdonald's wife's books.  Margaret Millar wrote some great books.