People always ask, so here are my favorite crime fiction books (in no particular order):

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

Clockers, by Richard Price

Lush Life, by Richard Price

Theft, a Love Story, by Peter Carey

True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey

The 25th Hour, by David Benioff

City of Thieves, by David Benioff

Ordinary Gracy, by William Kent Krueger

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon

Lie in the Dark, by Dan Fesperman

The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, by Dan Fesperman

The Zero, by Jess Walter

Citizen Vince, by Jess Walter

Out, by Natsuo Kirino

Paris Trout, by Pete Dexter

The Paperboy, by Pete Dexter

Little Bird of Heaven, by Joyce Carol Oates

Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett

Cotton Comes to Harlem, by Chester Himes

A Rage in Harlem, by Chester Himes

The Underground Man, by Ross MacDonald

The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

The Grifters, by Jim Thompson

Rogue Male, by Geoffrey Household

In the Woods, by Tana French

The Likeness, by Tana French

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith

Rose, by Martin Cruz Smith

Jesus’ Son, by Denis Johnson

Angles, by Denis Johnson

The Contortionists’s Handbook, by Craig Clevenger

The Collaborator of Bethlehem, by Matt Beynon Rees

Listening Woman, by Tony Hillerman

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Absalom, Absalom!, by William Faulkner

The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman

I do read about real crimes too, such as:

Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English

You Got Nothing Coming, by Jimmy A. Lerner

My Dark Places, by James Ellroy

Makes Me Wanna Holler, by Nathan McCall

Killing Pablo, Mark Bowden

Homicide, by David Simon

Spoken in Darkness, by Ann E. Imbrie

Hell’s Angels, by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Iron House, Stories from the Yard, by Jerome Washington

A few of my must see crime movies:

The Third Man



The Last Seduction


The Man Who Wasn’t There

No Country for Old Men

The Maltese Falcon


Point Blank

Heavenly Creatures

To Catch a Thief


The Quiet American

The 25th Hour

Bringing Out the Dead

Eastern Promises

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Impostor

The Secret in their Eyes

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Big Sleep

The Blues Brothers

Risky Business

Of course, we can’t ignore TV either. If you haven’t already, watch:

Breaking Bad

The Wire

The Shield

Foyle’s War

Sherlock (BBC Series)


True Detective

Boardwalk Empire

Orange is the New Black