I’m summoning the power of the internet – or rather you lot – to help me. I’m looking to plunge deep into the crime genre soon. I’ve read a decent-ish amount – Henning Mankell, David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet, C.J. Sansom, early noir etc – and I’ve enjoyed those very much. But I want to expand my horizons a lot more. I’m also specifically interested in stories written in interesting locations, be that back in time or an unusual setting. Also, crime novels by Black or Asian authors would be useful. Historical crime recommendations a bonus. Classics of the genre are welcome.
I’m also after variation – intricate plotting, police procedurals, thrillers, exposés on impoverished parts of the world, just as long as they’re interesting. If you can jot down a line or two as to why you think I should read them, that’s all the better. Obviously I’m not going to get through all of them, and I’m a slow enough reader as it is, but consider this pub talk – and you’re the rambling old dude telling me what I should be doing with my time.
So, hit me with your suggestions.