Late last year the German culture website, CulturMag, asked me to nominate my top 10 reads for 2017. My list is now live (and in English), along with contributions from a number of other individuals and can be seen in full here.
As usual, it is a mix of old and new fiction, as well as some of the non-fiction books I enjoyed. What were your top crime reads of 2017?
Hi Andrew – Good to see The Love of a Bad Man get a mention – agree with you on your summation as with The Student which made it into my top reads for last year as well. The Obama Inheritance is on its way so I can’t comment, but Dave Warner’s return to Snowy Lane’s story in Clear to the Horizon was an excellent book this year, as was Emily Maguire’s An Isolated Incident and of course Wimmera by Mark Brandi. Candice Fox has headed off in an interesting direction with Crimson Lake and The Last Time we Spoke by Fiona Sussman which won the Ngaio last year was an absolute standout (as was Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane who was long-listed for the same award).
Thanks for the comment, Karen. The PhD I am currently doing has put a real break on my fiction reading and I can’t see it getting any better in 2018. Warner latest novel is certainly one I am interested in checking out. I was pretty non-plussed with the Brandi, but very obviously, I am in the minority on that one. I’ll check out the Sussman on your recommendation.
I haven’t read any of your picks because I haven’t heard of them but I will try to get a hold of these; they sound like a lot of fun.
Thanks very much!
Cynthia, best of luck hunting them down.
Hello Andrew . . .
I just came across your site.
My publisher recently released Down to No Good, the sequel to my first book, Down Solo.
Some would call it a hardboiled/paranormal mashup, but I prefer to call it metaphysical noir. I wonder if I can interest you in taking a look.
Here’s what’s come in so far:
“Earl Javorsky’s Down to No Good is wildly original, wildly energetic, wildly funny – it’s just straight up wild, and I mean that in the best possible way.” Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.
“Haunting and original, Down to No Good takes you down a dark road and then leads you to the light. It’s Elmore Leonard meets the supernatural in a superb tale of redemption, retribution, and recovery. Javorsky is a writer to watch.”
Anthony Franze, author of The Outsider
“The book is killer. I like this one even better in the first. Terrific work. DOWN TO NO GOOD begins with the central character dead and then brings him back to life to face a very bad day. That’s Earl Javorsky’s world: mind-boggling, dark, hilarious, and unforgettable. If you haven’t read him, well, it’s your own fault.” Tim Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty series.
All I ask is a three-page read; if I don’t have your attention by then, pass (I take no hostages).
A brief description is here: http://www.earljavorsky.com.
Thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, I am flat chat with various projects including trying to finish a PHD, and am not doing many reviews at the moment.
Best of luck with your book.