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WINNER OF THE 2013 AGATHA AWARD
WINNER OF THE 2013 MACAVITY AWARD
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BOOKS TO DIE FOR

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The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels

Edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
Editorial Assistant: Ellen Clair Lamb


Contents


Introduction
1841: Edgar Allan Poe: The Dupin Stories J. Wallis Martin
1853: Charles Dickens: Bleak House Sara Paretsky
1859: Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities Rita Mae Brown
1867: Metta Fuller Victor: The Dead Letter Karin Slaughter
1868: Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone Andrew Taylor
1892: Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Linda Barnes
1902: Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles Carol O’Connell
1928: Liam O’Flaherty: The Assassin Declan Burke
1929: Erskine Caldwell: The Bastard Allan Guthrie
1930: Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon Mark Billingham
1931: Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key David Peace
1932: Dorothy L. Sayers: Have His Carcase Rebecca Chance
1932: Leslie Charteris: The Holy Terror (aka The Saint versus Scotland Yard) David Downing
1933: Paul Cain: Fast One Chuck Hogan
1934: James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice Joseph Finder
1934: Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (aka Murder on the Calais Coach) Kelli Stanley
1938: Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca Minette Walters
1938: Graham Greene: Brighton Rock Peter James
1938: Rex Stout: Too Many Cooks Arlene Hunt
1939: Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male Charlaine Harris
1940: Raymond Chandler: Farewell, My Lovely Joe R. Lansdale
1941: Patrick Hamilton: Hangover Square Laura Wilson
1942: James M. Cain: Love’s Lovely Counterfeit Laura Lippman
1943: Léo Malet: 120 Rue de la Gare Cara Black
1946: Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop Ruth Dudley Edwards
1947: Dorothy B. Hughes: In a Lonely Place Megan Abbott
1947: Georges Simenon: Act of Passion (Lettre à Mon Juge) John Banville
1947: Mickey Spillane: I, The Jury Max Allan Collins
1948: Carolyn Keene: The Ghost of Blackwood Hall Liza Marklund
1948: Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair Louise Penny
1949: Raymond Chandler: The Little Sister Michael Connelly
1949: Josephine Tey: Brat Farrar Margaret Maron
1950: Patricia Highsmith,:Strangers on a Train Adrian McKinty
1952: Margery Allingham: The Tiger in the Smoke Phil Rickman
1953: Elliott Chaze: Black Wings Has My Angel (aka One for the Money) Bill Pronzini
1953: William P. McGivern: The Big Heat Eddie Muller
1958: John D. MacDonald: The Executioners (aka Cape Fear) Jeffery Deaver
1958: Friedrich Durrenmatt: The Pledge Elisabetta Bucciarelli
1960: Clarence Cooper Jr.: The Scene Gary Phillips
1960: Margaret Millar,:A Stranger in my Grave Declan Hughes
1960: Harry Whittington: A Night for Screaming Bill Crider
1960: Charles Willeford,:The Woman Chaser Scott Phillips
1962: Eric Ambler: The Light of Day (aka Topkapi) M.C. Beaton
1962: P.D. James: Cover Her Face Deborah Crombie
1962: Kenneth Orvis: The Damned and The Destroyed Lee Child
1962: Richard Stark: The Hunter (aka Point Blank and Payback) F. Paul Wilson
1963: Nicolas Freeling: Gun Before Butter (aka Question of Loyalty) Jason Goodwin
1963: John le Carré: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Élmer Mendoza
1963: Ed McBain: Ten Plus One Deon Meyer
1963: Ross Macdonald: The Chill John Connolly
1964: Jim Thompson,:Pop. 1280 Jo Nesbø
1965: Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Roseanna Qiu Xiaolong
1966: Truman Capote: In Cold Blood Joseph Wambaugh
1967: Agatha Christie: Endless Night Lauren Henderson
1968: Peter Dickinson: Skin Deep (aka The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest) Laurie R. King
1969: Ross Macdonald: The Goodbye Look Linwood Barclay
1970: Joseph Hansen: Fadeout Marcia Muller
1971: James McClure: The Steam Pig Mike Nicol
1972: George V. Higgins: The Friends of Eddie Coyle Elmore Leonard
1973: Tony Hillerman: Dance Hall of the Dead William Kent Krueger
1974: Donald Goines: Daddy Cool Ken Bruen
1975: James Crumley: The Wrong Case David Corbett
1975: Colin Dexter: Last Bus to Woodstock Paul Charles
1976: Jean-Patrick Manchette: 3 to Kill (Le Petit Bleu de la Côte Ouest) James Sallis
1976: Mary Stewart: Touch Not The Cat M.J. Rose
1976: Newton Thornburg: Cutter and Bone George Pelecanos
1976: Trevanian: The Main John McFetridge
1977: Edward Bunker: The Animal Factory Jens Lapidus
1977: John Gregory Dunne: True Confessions S.J. Rozan
1977: Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone Peter Robinson
1978: James Crumley: The Last Good Kiss Dennis Lehane
1979: Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: Southern Seas (Los Mares del Sur) Leonardo Padura
1980: Andreu Martín: Prótesis (Prosthesis) Cristina Fallarás
1981: Robert B. Parker: Early Autumn Colin Bateman
1981: Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park Jean-Christophe Grangé
1982: Sue Grafton,: A is for Alibi Meg Gardiner
1982: Stephen King: Different Seasons Paul Cleave
1982: Sara Paretsky: Indemnity Only Dreda Say Mitchell
1983: Elmore Leonard: LaBrava James W. Hall
1984: Kem Nunn: Tapping the Source Denise Hamilton
1987: Douglas Adams: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Christopher Brookmyre
1988: Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs Kathy Reichs
1988: Sara Paretsky: Toxic Shock (aka Blood Shot) N.J. Cooper
1990: A.S. Byatt: Possession Erin Hart
1990: Patricia Cornwell: Postmortem Kathryn Fox
1990: Derek Raymond: I Was Dora Suarez Ian Rankin
1991: Lawrence Block: A Dance at the Slaughterhouse Alison Gaylin
1992: Michael Connelly: The Black Echo John Connolly
1992: Peter Høeg: Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (aka Smilla’s Sense of Snow) Michael Robotham
1992: Philip Kerr: A Philosophical Investigation Paul Johnston
1992: Margaret Maron: Bootlegger’s Daughter Julia-Spencer Fleming
1992: Richard Price: Clockers Gar Anthony Haywood
1992: James Sallis: The Long-Legged Fly Sara Gran
1992: Donna Tartt: The Secret History Tana French
1993: Jill McGown: Murder . . . Now and Then Sophie Hannah
1993: Scott Smith: A Simple Plan Michael Koryta
1994: Peter Ackroyd: Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (aka The Trial of Elizabeth Cree) Barbara Nadel
1994: Caleb Carr: The Alienist Reggie Nadelson
1994: Henning Mankell: The Man Who Smiled Ann Cleeves
1995: James Ellroy: American Tabloid Stuart Neville
1996: George Pelecanos: The Big Blowdown Declan Burke
1997: Suzanne Berne: A Crime in the Neighbourhood Thomas H. Cook
1997: Natsuo Kirino: Out (Auto) Diane Wei Liang
1997: Walter Mosley: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Martyn Waites
1997: Ian Rankin: Black and Blue Brian McGilloway
1997: Donald Westlake: The Ax Lisa Lutz
1998: Cara Black: Murder in the Marais Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
1998: Reginald Hill: On Beulah Height Val McDermid
1998: Daniel Woodrell: Tomato Red Reed Farrel Coleman
1999: J.M. Coetzee,:Disgrace Margie Orford
1999: Robert Wilson,:A Small Death in Lisbon Shane Maloney
2000: David Peace: Nineteen Seventy-Four Eoin McNamee
2000: Scott Phillips: The Ice Harvest Eoin Colfer
2001: Harlan Coben: Tell No One Sebastian Fitzek
2001: Dennis Lehane: Mystic River Chris Mooney
2006: Peter Temple: The Broken Shore John Harvey
2007: Gil Adamson: The Outlander C.J. Carver
2007: James Lee Burke: The Tin Roof Blowdown Katherine Howell
2007: Laura Lippman: What the Dead Know Bill Loehfelm
2007: Perihan Mağden: Escape Mehmet Murat Somer
2008: Mark Gimenez: The Perk Anne Perry