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top-100 in crime fiction

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Jo Nesbø (2009) Nemesis: A Novel.

Have you ever been to Oslo? If not - read that novel from the best thriller writer of Norway. It captures the atmosphere of the city and their stubborn inhabitants like no other. And the book has an intelligent, complex plot with an unusual theme unlike most of the assembly-line thrillers of the more well-known authors.

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Jo Nesbø (2001) The Redbreast. A Harry Hole Novel.

“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes.” (New York Times Book Review )

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Ann Rule (2001) The Stranger Beside Me.

Ted Bundy, a most violent sociopath, murderer, and mutilator of women, is the subject of this true-crime book. Ann Rule's chilling account, from the time she unsuspectingly met and worked with the savage slayer to the moment of his death by electrocution in Florida, is one of the greatest books in the true crime genre.

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Dorothy L. Sayers (1995) Gaudy Nights. (First published in 1935)

This Lord Peter Wimsey mystery unfolds at the all-female Shrewsbury College at Oxford. Harriet Vane, mystery writer and alumna of the College, comes back for the annual Gaudy night, where she receives a note full of hatred. Some time later she is called back by the Dean because the unpleasant events have intensified. Academic life, mixed with vitriolic hate.

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Jim Thompson (1991) The Killer Inside Me.

Probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered. (Stanley Kubrick)

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Scott Turow (1989) Presumed Innocent.

Turow's first courtroom thriller is one of the best legal fiction novels. As a former U.S. prosecutor, Turow has intimate knowledge of legal procedures and can draw the reader into the grittily realistic drama of a murder trial. A dark twist of events transforms prosecutor Susty Sabich from the accuser to the accused.

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J.J. Abrams (Creator) / Doug Dorst (Author) (2013) S.

The craziest, most unusual mystery book of 2013. A brilliant story filled with secrets, fun and intrigues. This is a must-read for literary puzzle fans...(Publishers Weekly). A book in a book.

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Eric Ambler (2001) The Mask for Dimitrios / A Coffin for Dimitrios. (First published 1939)

Ambler's story of a mystery writer in Istanbul, who gets himself involved with the criminal and spy Dimitrios, is a true classic. Dimitrios' corpse has just been fished out of the Bosporus by the police. As the writer sets out to discover Dimitrios' past, someone is stalking him on his trail from Smyrna to Athens to Sofia.

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Benjamin Black (2011) A Death in Summer: A Novel.

Brooding pathologist Dr. Quirke and Detective Inspector Hackett of Scotland Yard investigate the death of wealthy Richard Jewell, whose head has been blown off. In this smooth mystery novel set in 1950s Dublin, John Banville (pen name Benjamin Black) skillfully explores a broad cast of eccentric characters linked by a web of abuse, corruption, guilt, and desperation.

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Lawrence Block (2011) A Drop of the Hard Stuff.

Former NYPD cop with a drinking problem outsmarts a clever and elusive killer. Excellent.

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