Norman at Crime Scraps wrote a post asking what books in the crime-fiction genre you would recommend to someone who has never read any before. Not so much "desert island books" as "snowed-in on Dartmoor books", he writes. Norman's challenge is to recommend one book from each of twelve sub-genres recommended by BookMarcs online blog (see discussion on Friend Feed - I think the link to BookMarcs was first posted by Mack, but I can't now find the evidence). Of course, one could argue late into the night about these sub-genres (see here for Dorte's preference), but for the purposes of this exercise, I am going to take them as read and try to recommend one book from each. Any readers who wish to take up the challenge are very welcome to do so, and to drop a line in the comments so I can read your choices!
Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh
Locked room mystery:
The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
Golden Age mystery:
Have His Carcase by Dorothy L Sayers
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Hardboiled detective fiction:
Flood by Andrew Vachss
Inverted detective fiction:
Sleeping Beauty by Philip Margolin
Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
Spy and espionage fiction
In the Evil Day by Peter Temple
Psychological suspense fiction:
And to make the dozen a baker's dozen,
Journalism crime fiction:
Paradise by Lisa Marklund
I could get into this – if you are interested in science-in-crime fiction:
Total Eclipse by Liz Rigbey
And chess-in-crime fiction:
The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.
OK, I'll stop there. I realise that I could repeat this process a dozen more times, listing a different set of recommendations in each list.
Here are Dorte's dozen recommendations. I haven't come across anyone else who has yet completed the Crime Scraps challenge.