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Mons Kallentoft and Brian O'Connor and many more.
Crime books, detective fiction, mystery novels and suspense books are of the most exciting, exhilarating and the best fiction books you can buy.
Jussi-Adler-Olsen Jussi is the son of psychiatrist Henry Olsen and has spent long periods in the environment of doctors surgeries and mental institutes through his youth.
He has studied medicine and sociology.
Beverly Barton was an author renowned for her romance books published by Silhouette.
She has written over 50 books in this genre before turning her attention to crime. Beverly Barton Books
Colin Bateman is an author and a screenwriter from Northern Ireland.
He is known for his gritty but humorous series of crime novels featuring Dan Starkey as the protagonist.
Divorcing Jack is the first book in the series of 10 books.
Bateman has also written 10 novels of which Chapter and Verse is one, and a number of other series.
His contribution to children's literature includes Titanic 2020. Colin Bateman Books
Benjamin Black is an author, and screenwriter under the name John Banville. He uses the pen name Benjamin Black for his crime novels.
Christine Falls is the first of seven novels about Inspector Quirke, a consultant pathologist in the Dublin City morgue.
The Silver Swan is the second volume and it continues Quirke's incessant need for answers. Benjamin Black Books
Simon Brett writes detective series and novels and has worked for the BBC and London Weekend Television.
Simon Brett was born on October 28, 1945 in Worcester Park, Sutton, Greater London,England.
Brett now spends most of his time concentrating on his writing career.
He has produced four series of crime fiction: Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto, Twinks.
There are also many stand alone novels. Murder in the Museum is the fourth book in the Fethering series. Simon Brett Books
James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke is an American author of mystery and detective novels and series.
His most known crime fiction detective is Dave Robicheaux and there are 18 books in this series.
Cadillac Jukebox and Purple Cane Road are books 9 and 11, respectively.
James Lee Burke has won the Edgar Award for crime novels on two occasions, for Black Cherry Blues and Cimarron Rose. James-Lee Burke Books
Chelsea Cain was born in Iowa City, Iowa, USA on February 5, 1972.
Chelsea Cain is an American author of the Archie and Gretchen series of crime books.
Chelsea Cain has also written 5 novels. Night Season is the fourth book in the Archie and Gretchen series of crime books Chelsea Cain Books
Caleb Carr is an American novelist and also a military historian.
Carr's first novel, Alienist drew attention from the public, winning the 1995 Anthony Award for Best First Novel.
Carr has also written plays and screenplays. The Angel of Darkness and Killing Time are two further novels. Caleb Carr Books
Leslie Charteris was an American/English author of adventure stories.
His most well known protagonist is The Saint, of which there were 43 books. along with these there was the British TV series which popularised the Saint.
These shows were loosely based on Charteris's short stories.
There were also episodes which were written by other people but credited to Charteris. The Saint in Trouble is one of these novels. Leslie Charteris Books
Agatha Christie was a world famous crime writer and short story author.
Her characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are known and loved the world over.
More than thirty feature films have been based on Agatha Christie's books. Agatha Christie Books
Ann Cleeves is a British born crime writer who has written many successful crime series.
Cleeves's most famous series is the Vera Stanhope series televised as Vera by ITV.
The three books featured here, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths and Silent Voices are from the series. Ann Cleeves Books
Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 4, 1962.
Coben is the author of two series of crime novels and 13 stand alone crime novels.
Deal Breaker is the first book in the Myron Bolitar series.
Long Lost is the ninth of ten. Harlan Coben Books
Martina Cole is an English Crime Writer who writes about the criminal underworld, usually in East London.
Her stories are immensley popular and some ot them have been adapted into television series.
Most notably of these is Dangerous Lady, her debut novel.
Martina was born in Essex, United Kingdom on March 30, 1959. Martina Cole Books
Michael Connolly was born in Philadelphia, USA, on July 21, 1956.
Michael Connelly is an American crime novelist originally from Philadelphia, and removed to Florida.
Michael became interested in writing crime novels after he discovered the books of Raymond Chandler.
This was while he was in University. Michael got jobs writing for newspapers around Florida.
These jobs focused him on crime, how it was commited and how the perpetrators were apprehended.
The Narrows is the tenth book in the Harry Bosch series of crime novels. Michael Connelly Books
John Connolly was born on May 31, 1968.
John Connolly came to the attention with Every Dead Thing and the introduction of the private detective, Charlie Parker.
For this he won the Shamus Award for the Best First Private Eye Novel, the first non-American to win this award.
The Reapers is the seventh book in the Charlie Parker series. John Connolly Books
Robert Crais was born on June 20th, 1953 in Independence, Louisiana, USA.
Crais writes crime fiction and his main protagonist is Elvis Cole.
He started work as a screenwriter on such shows as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and LA Law.
Robert Crais has won many awards for his work including the 1988 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and in 2006 the Ross McDonald Literary Award.
Lullaby Town is the third novel in the Elvis Cole series. Robert Crais Books
Colin Dexter was born in Stamford in England on September 29, 1930 and died in Oxford, England on March 21, 2017.
Colin Dexter started writing the Morse ember 29, 1930 and died on Mysteries in 1973 while on holiday in Wales on a rainy afternoon.
They were immensely popular and a TV series followed in which Dexter would play a cameo role in most of them.
Thirty three episodes were produced between 1987 and 2001.
Last Bus to Woodstock is the first book in the series. Colin Dexter Books
Michael Dibdin was an English crime fiction author best known for his Aurelio Zen series of novels.
Michael Dibdin was born on March 21, 1947 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom and died on March 30, 2007 in Seattle, Washington, United States.
These were based in Italy and often depicted Italian life as somewhat different to our current perceptions.
Dibdin was nominated for the Dagger Awards in 1991 for 'Dirty Tricks' and in 1998 for 'A Long Finish'.
Dead Lagoon is the fourth book in the Aurelio Zen series. Michael Dibdin Books
James Ellroy was born on March 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Ellroy is an American crime fiction author most notable for his L A Quartet of mystery novels.
THese are The Black Dahlia, follwed by The Big Nowhere, L A Confidential and White Jazz. James Ellroy Books
Janet Evanovich was born in South River, New Jersey, USA on April 22 1943.
Janet started writing romance novels using the pen name Steffie Hall. These did not go down so well.
But when she came up with the character Stephanie Plum, she was on to a winner.
There are 22 books in the Stephanie Plum series. One For the Money was adapted for film in 2012 starring Katherine Heigi as Stephanie Plum. Janet Evanovich Books
Dick Francis was a horse jockey and subsequently a crime fiction author.
Francis was born on October 31, 1920 in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales and died on February 14, 2010 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
His books were mainly focused on the horse racing scene. Francis had achieved success as a jump jockey, winning over 350 races.
After his retirement Francis took up writing novels. These too, became fast successes. Francis wrote his autobiography, called The Sport of Queens and this was a bestseller.
From there, Francis became the racing correspondent for the Sunday Express. With this exposure his novels were almost all bestsellers.
Whip Hand is one of his bestsellers. Dick Francis Books
Tana French is the author of the Dublin Murder Squad series of crime books.
Tana won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for the first book in the series, 'In the Woods', for the best debut novel.
The Likeness is the second book in the series. Tana French Books
Brian Garfield was born on Aptil 24, 1939.
Garfield is an American novelist and thriller writer for films.
In 1976 Garfield won the Pulitzer Prize for 'Hopscotch'.
Garfield is also the author of the original Death Wish which came to prominence when Charles Bronson took up the lead role in the four films that were made.. Brian Garfield Books
Sue Grafton was born in Kentucky, USA, on April 24, 1940. She died in California on December 28, 2017.
Sue Grafton was an American author of crime fiction. Her most well known work is the Kinsey Millhone series, the alphabet crime series.
Sue Grafton was a screenwriter and this career gave her the impetus, the writing structure and the confidence to continue with her novel writing. Sue Grafton Books
Ann Granger started her writing career with romance novels.
Ann Granger worked in British consulates and embassies in a number of countries.
After she returned to England she started writing crime novels.
'Say it With Poison' was published in 1991 to great acclaim.
Her Mitchell and Markby Village Series has provided fifteen novels.
Murder Among Us is the fourth in the series. Ann Granger Books
John Grisham was born on February 8, 1955.
Grisham is a lawyer, politician and author. His fame comes mainly from his courtroom set thrillers.
John Grisham rose to fame with the publication of 'The Firm' a novel about Mafia involvement in corporate legal firms.
The novel was adapted for film and stared Tom Cruise in the main role, guaranteeing its success. John Grisham Books
Sophie Hannah was born in Manchester, England in 1971. She went to Trinity College, Cambridge.
Sophie wrote her first book of poems when she was 24, and she has published 12 poetry book since.
Her novel The Little Face introduced Spilling CID and was a success, selling over 100,000 copies Sophie Hannah Books
John Harvey is an English author of crime fiction books, and he is most famous for his Resnick series of books.
John Harvey was born on December 21, 1938 in London, England.
The Resnick series is based in Nottingham, where John Harvey moved to from London in the 1960's
Still Water is the ninth in the Resnik series of novels. John Harvey Books
George V Higgins
George V Higgins was an American author of crime novels. He was also a lawyer, a newspaper columnist and a college profesor.
Much of thses professions infused him and contributed to his writing. As a lawyer he represented Eldridge Cleaver for a time,
until they had a difference of opinion which made Higgins quit. George V Higgins Books
Reginald Hill was an English crime fiction writer best known for his Dalziel and Pascoe series of crime novels.
These stories were later brought to the television screen by the BBC Warren Clarke and Colin Buchannon as Dalziel and Pascoe respectfully.
A Clubbable Woman is the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series of crime novels.
Hill was born on April 3, 1936 in West Hartlepool, England and died on January 12, 2012 i Cumbria, England. Reginald Hill Books
Declan Hughes is an Irish author of crime novels and plays and other writings.
He has written a private investigation series of crime books called Ed Loy.
The Dying Breed is the third book of the series. Declan Hughes Books
P D James
P D James was one of the most popular crime novelists of her time. Her Detective Adam Dalgliesch was played by Roy Marsden for the TV series.
Later on Martin Shaw was cast for the role in Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room. From 1949 until 1968
James worked for the National Health Service as an administrator.
She used her knowledge to write Shroud For a Nightingale, The Black Tower and A Mind to Murder.
In 1968 she got a job in the Home Office deaing with forensic science. After that she moved on to the criminal policy department.
All of these experiences gave James ample knowledge for her true interest, writing crime novels. P D James Books
Peter James was born in Brighton on the south coast of England on August 22, 1948.
Peter James is an Internationally renown author of Crime Fiction books.
His most famous works are the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series of crime novels and Dead Simple is the first installment of the series. Peter James Books
Mons Kallentoft was born in Sweden in April, 1968.
Kaleftoft has written five books in the Malin Fors detective series.
Midwinter Sacrifice in the first and there are two more to be translated.
So far Midwinter Sacrifice has been translated into 28 languages. Mons Kallentoft Books
Jonathan Kellerman is a successful psychologist as well as being an author of also very successful suspense novels.
His main protagonist is the indubitable Alex Delaware and here are now 31 novels to his credit. Jonathan Kellerman Books
Lynda la Plante
Lynda la Plante is an author, screenwriter and a former actress from Merseyside in Liverpool.
Lynda la Plante was born on March 15, 1943 in Liverpool, England.
She has appeared in TV shows such as The Sweeney, The Professionals, Bergerac and Z-Cars.
She has also appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in many productions.
She is best known for her Prime Suspect which brought her work to the attention of the general public.
Her writing career had, however, blossomed with her first three books, The Legacy, Talisman and Belle Mafia.
Above Suspicion is one of her books. Lynda la Plante Books
Stieg Larsson was a Swedish author renowned for his Millenium trilogy about the adventures of a punk computer hacker.
Larsson was more than that. Larsson founded the Swedish Expo Foundation, an organisation committed to exposing right-wing activity in Sweden.
Larsson became the editor of Expo, their paper, in 1995.
Beyond this, Larsson would spend his own time researching right wing groups in an effort to make the public more aware of their existence and of what they were up to.
Larsson had received many death threats. Larsson died in 2004 from a heart attack while rushing to his office.
His books were not to reach the heights of popularity until 2008, when The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was first published in English. Stieg Larsson Books
Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans in 1925.
Leonard's family settled in Detroit in 1935, having moved from Memphis when he was a ten-year-old.
Elmore studied English Literature at the University of Detroit, graduating and following up with copywriting work for about 12 years.
He then, in 1967, turned to writing as a career and has produced very many very successful and acclaimed novels which have won him many awards.
Elmore Leonard died on August 20th, 2013, leaving a legacy of a collection of masterpieces that many more esteemed authors would be proud of. Elmore Leonard Books
Andrew Martin was born in York in England on July 6,1962. Andrew Martin is the English author of the Jim Stringer Crime series books.
The Necropolis Railway is the first book in the series. Andrew Martin Books
Val McDermid is a Scottish Crime fiction author following in the footsteps of Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith.
Val McDermid does have her own writing style. McDermid has developed three crime series to display her virtuosity.
Her first series is the Lindsay Gordon series, followed by the Kate Brannigan series. hese are two different characters who dealt with crime in their own way.
Her third series is a calloborration of two detectives and often displays the interactions and disagreements of two strong willed people working closely together.
This is the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series and The Mermaids Singing is the first book. Val McDermid Books
Rex Miller was born in Sikeston, Missouri, on April 25, 1939 and died there on May 21, 2004.
Mller wrote mainly about tracking serial killers through his fictional detective Jack Eichord.
Frenzy is the second novel in the Changeling series. Rex Miller Books
Mark Mills is an author of crime novels and also a screenwriter of plays.
He won the Angers European First Film Festival for Best Screenplay in 1993 with One Night Stand, and the Crime Writers' Association Award for The Whaleoat House in 2004 as Best Crime Debut. Mark Mills Books
Call Me Evil by Desmond Moore
Alan Firth was a mild-mannered man. He was a writer. Not until his cousin was found brutally murdered did he investigate what happened. Then he was to face more dangers than he could have inmagined.
Desmond Moore Books
Sir John Clifford Mortimer CBE, QC was a barrister, lawyer, author and screenwriter who receives a Knighthood in 1998 and the CBE award in 1986.
John Mortimer's main work as a barrister was in the area of obscenity and he was involved in a number of high profile cases, such as the appeal against their conviction of the publishers of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn.
Another trial Mortimer was involved in was Virgin Records and the Sex Pistols (Never Mind the Bollocks).
Mortimer retired from the bar in 1984. John Mortimer introduced Horace Rumpole to us and his character has been exceptionally popular in books, plays and television. John Mortimer Books
Wireless by Jack O'Connell
When a crusading priest meets his grisly death in his own cathedral a gang from Bangkok Park is suspected. In fact the killer is Speer, a demented ex FBI agent who is looking for the `jammers`who have been hijacking local airwaves with `subversive diatribes`.
Detective Hannah Shaw follows Speer to WIRELESS, a funky nightclub which is the epicentre of the jammer subculture. Jack O'Connell Books
Bloodline by Brian O'Connor
A young foreign groom is murdered and Liam Dee is suspected. He persuades Detective Yeats of his innocence. But as he killer strikes again all eyes are on him. Brian O'Connor Books
Robert B Parker
Robert B Parker was an American crime witer famous for his novels about a private detective called Spencer.
Parker produced 40 novels in the series and ABC Television made the series Spencer For Hire based on his character.
Robert B Parker was born on September 17, 1932 and died on January 18, 2010. Robert B Parker Books
Eliot Pattison was born on October 20, 1951 in Pennsylvania, USA. Pattison is a lawyer and an author. His work involves advising large companies about investments.
Pattison is also an author of Inspector Shan Series of detective novelsof which The Skull Mantra is the first novel. Eliot Pattison Books
Ellis Peters was the author of the much loved Cadfael series of detective novels.
Set in the 12th century and featuring a monk Brother Cadfael who would solve many murder mysteries.
The Raven in the Foregate is the 12th book in the Cadfael series. Ellis Peters Books
Richard Price is an American author of fiction depicting urban life in American cities. His novels are gritty and look to get to the heart of problem.
Richard Price was born on October 12, 1949 in the Bronx, New York, USA.
The setting for many of Price's novels in the fictional city of Dempsey, widely regarded as New York.
Clockers tells of the dynamics of the interractions between the police and their mainly black counterparts on the streets. Richard Price Books
Ian Rankin was born on April 28, 1930. Rankin is a world famous crime writer renown for his Inspector Rebus series of crime novels.
The Rebus novels are based in Edinburgh where Rankin lives.
Knots And Crosses is the first book in the Rebus series of crime novels. Ian Rankin Books
Kathy Reichs is an author of crime novels and is best known for her Temperance Brennan series of crime novels. These are the basis for the tv series "Bones"
Reichs is also a forensic anthropologist and her work has brought her around the world on speaking engagements. Kathy Reichs Books
Ruth Rendell was born on February 17, 1930 and died on May 2, 2015. Ruth Rendell was one of the most iconic figures in crime writing. She was prolific, suspenseful and enchanting. Her characters always transended the usuality of crime novels. While Inspector Wexford was not a young whippersnapper, he was not overburdoned with his own experience.
He could spot a blagard a mile off, yet he could see the good in people. In the Inspector Wexford novels, Ruth Rendell introduced psychology into the stories. This was a theme she was to develop further in her 'Barbara Vine' thrillers. Ruth Rendell has written over 50 novels and 5 books of short stories.
Kissing the Gunners Daughter and Not in the Flesh are Inspector Wexford novels. Ruth Rendell Books
David Rice has has been a journalist in Ireland, China and the United States. He has also been a Dominican friar. Nowadays he teaches creative writing in his own inimitative way. David Rice Books
Robert Richardson has worked as a journalist for the Observer, The Times, the Daily Mail and the Press Association.
He is the author of the Augustus Maltravers series of crime novels.
Significant Others is a stand alone psychological crime novel about a journalist who becomes the headline story in her newspaper for all the wrong reasons. Robert Richardson Books
Karen Rose was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 1964.
While Karen Rose'e books are not strictly a series and each one is a stand alone novel, there is an interconnectedness to them.
Characters keep popping up from time to enhance the stories.
Have You Seen Her? is the second novel. Karen Rose Books
Jed Rubenfeld was born in Washington DC, USA in 1959.
He is also a Professor of Law at Yale Law He concentrates on constitutional law, privacy and the first amendment.
Rubenfeld has had two successful novels, The Interpretation of Murder his debut, and The Death Instinct.
He has collaborated with Amy Chua(his wife) on The Triple Package, a non fiction book about cultural groups in the USA.
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2007) : The Interpretation of Murder Jed Rubenfeld Books
Maj Sjowall was born on September 25, 1925, in Stockholm, Sweden.
She is an author and translator.
Sjowall is known mainly for the series of crime novels she co-wrote with Per Wahloo, her partner of 15 years.
This is the Martin Beck series, of which Roseannais the first installment. Maj Sjowall Books
Karin Slaughter was born in the American state of Georgia on January 6, 1971.
She writes crime fiction novels and series and her two main series are Grant County and Will Trent.
Fractured is the second book in the Will Tent series of crime novels. Karin-Slaughter-Books
Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith was born in Rhodesia on August 24, 1948.
McCall Smith is well known now for his detective series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
He is also well known as an expert on medical law and bioethics, serving on committtes for his knowledge.
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies and The Good Husband of Zebra Drive are two of his crime series. Alexander McCall Smith Books
Patrick Suskind is an eccentric figure. He lives in Munich, in Germany and in France.
He lives the life of a recluse and does not parake in the usual literary life of an author.
His most famous work, Perfume is about an outsider who is not too choosy about who he kills.
Patrick Suskind was born on March 26, 1949 in Münsing, Germany. Patrick Suskind Books
Andrew Taylor is a crime writer who has won the Diamond Dagger for "sustained excellence in crime writing."
Taylor has reviewed books for The Spectator and The Independent, among others.
A Stain On The Silence is a stand-alone novel about the past coming back to bite. Andrew Taylor Books
Margaret Truman was born on February 17, 1924, and died on January 28, 2008. Margaret Truman was the daughter of U.S. Ptrsident Harry S Truman.
She was a singer before she started writing books. Mystery novels and particularly her series of books named Capital Crimes were her forte.
This is a series of crime novels set in places around a Capitol City, like the Supreme Court, Capital Hill etc.
Murder at the National Cathedral is the tenth book in the series. Margaret Truman Books
Michael Walters has been a management consultant for ten years.
He has also worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking. Michael Walters Bookse
Colin Wilson was born on June 26, 1931 in Leicester, United Kingdom. He died on December 5, 2013 in St Austell, United Kingdom. Colin Wilson was an author, philosopher and thinker who produced over 100 books and many articles on diverse subjects such as philosophy, psychology, crime, and many more.
Ritual in the Dark is the first part of the Gerard Sorme trilogy. Colin Wilson Books