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Recommend me a Detective Novel
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:11:50 PM »
Looking out for a non-fantasy Detective Novel

I  like Reading Jack Reacher,Travis McGee,Harry Hole and Harry Bosch , I prefer reading a Series but if there's an Outstanding stand alone I will try that. For Fantasy I enjoy Dresden, Thraxas ,Garret and Burton & Swinburne

Also I prefer reading American or European Detectives over British ones for some reason

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Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 05:16:45 PM »
If you like the American West and Indians, I would recommend James D. Doss's Charlie Moon series. I haven't read them, but my grandmother is in love with them.

Working off more recommendations for this recommendation, I haven't read The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters, but it sounds like an awesome near apocalyptic (if that makes any sense) police/detective novel.

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 02:51:06 PM »
You definitely want to check out Robert Crais' Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series.

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 05:42:23 PM »
Thank you both I check them out  :)
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 06:05:06 PM »
Thank you both I check them out  :)

You're welcome. Honestly, the books in that genre that I will buy automatically, because I can never put them down once I'm reading them, are Lee Child's Reacher books, Connelly's Bosch books, and the Crais books I mentioned. I think you'll like them.

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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 07:05:20 PM »
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.


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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 10:34:48 AM »
Anything by James Ellroy is a must buy for me. I am in love with crime noir and I think he ranks as the best noir writer in the world. Start with his L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. Also I know you said no British books but I would also recommend Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels, they are set in Edinburgh, Scotland. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2014, 03:38:27 AM »
I recommend the Denis Lehane Kenzie & Genarro series.

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2014, 12:56:41 PM »
Thank you I will look them up  :) and welcome to the forums Ben
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Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2014, 11:17:26 PM »
If you fancy something old school, The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett) or The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler) are two I've recently(ish) finished.

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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2014, 11:53:19 PM »
Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars) has just released the first Veronica Mars novel; The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. It was written by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The character was originally conceived as the central character in a teen detective novel series that Rob Thomas was working on at the time, and later morphed into the TV show. The book is set after the Veronica Mars film, and it does reference events and characters from both the show and the film. You get a little extra depth and those flashes of 'I remember you/that!' if you were a fan of the show, however you don't really need to have seen the show or the film to enjoy this as a straight modern noirish detective novel.
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Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2014, 08:19:42 AM »
Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars) has just released the first Veronica Mars novel; The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. It was written by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The character was originally conceived as the central character in a teen detective novel series that Rob Thomas was working on at the time, and later morphed into the TV show. The book is set after the Veronica Mars film, and it does reference events and characters from both the show and the film. You get a little extra depth and those flashes of 'I remember you/that!' if you were a fan of the show, however you don't really need to have seen the show or the film to enjoy this as a straight modern noirish detective novel.

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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2014, 05:49:10 PM »
My Fantasy TBR pile is big enough, now you even adding even more to my non-fantasy pile TBR  :)
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Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2015, 11:55:47 PM »
Reviving this thread because I am reading the eleventh in an extremely good detective series and thought @Eclipse and others who like an the occasional crime treat may also enjoy.

Inspector Gamache and the Three Pines Series by Louise Penny.

The quiet village of Three Pines in rural Quebec has an interesting assortment of inhabitants including a poet, two artists, an antiques collector and a psychologist turned bookshop owner who meet in each other’s homes or the friendly local bistro to socialise, exchange gossip and enjoy good food.  Strangely, for such a pleasant restful village, Three Pines does tend to have rather more murders than one would expect. Be assured this is not at all a Miss Marple village but neither is it Harry Bosch style crime fiction but a pretty good mid balance.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Head of Homicide for the Surete of Quebec, comes with his team to investigate in the first book, Still Life.  Thereafter he and the team return at frequent intervals, to solve new murders, while getting to know and understand the villagers more. This makes it hard when those they like are among the suspects.  Sometimes the actual crimes occur in unusual locations elsewhere but there is always a link to Three Pines. Although the crimes are often brutal the violence is not dwelt upon, more the conventional step by step of crime solving,with false leads or interference from authority slowing the team down.

This series really should be read in order as many themes and storylines run parallel and develop throughout. There is an on-going sub-plot of corruption and betrayal in the highest eschelons of the Surete of Quebec which has huge consequences as it comes to a head. The personalities and dynamics of the Homicide Team are well portrayed and the lives of some villagers are also explored in detail. Over time we may become fond of or exasperated by them because there are thoughtful explorations of human strengths, weaknesses and dilemmas, but not written in a trite or mawkish way.

The final and extra pleasure of this series was all the general or detailed information about customs, history and locations in and around French speaking Quebec.  These facts are worked in effortlessly but were fascinating.
 
I gladly recommend this series and so far have read/listened to and enjoyed all ten books, always waiting impatiently for the next one to come out. 

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Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2015, 12:34:13 AM »
Harlan Coben.  Myron Bolitar is Harry Dresden without the magic.  A stand-alone, the Stranger is something I've always thought should exist -- a mystery without a murder.  Instead of life-and-death stakes, the protagonist stands to lose his family and his whole self-identity if he can't figure things out.  Very cool.

Parnell Hall  A Clue for the Puzzle Lady.  It's a cozy mystery centered around crossword puzzles, sort of.

One of these days, I should go back and finish reading the Inspector Gamache books.  Too many good books to read.