50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die

AKA 50 Mystery Writers to Read Before You Die
In February 2008, London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper published their list of “50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die”. There were actually 51 in the list as they concluded the list with an interview with Robert B Parker (1932-2010), who they describe as: “an unrivalled pulp stylist who may be the best crime writer you’ve never read. ”

This might suggest that the list is intended for people with little or no knowledge of crime and mystery fiction.

GK Chesterton 1874-1936
Read: The Complete Father Brown (1986)

50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die

Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930
Read: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849
Read: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)

Ed McBain 1926-2005
Read: King’s Ransom (2003)

Kyril Bonfiglioli 1929-85
Read: The Mortdecai Trilogy (1991)

James Ellroy 1948-
Read: The Black Dahlia (1987)

Janwillem van der Wetering 1931-
Read: Outsider in Amsterdam (1975)

Carl Hiaasen 1953-
Read: Double Whammy (1987)

Dashiell Hammett 1894-1961
Read: The Maltese Falcon (1930)

Dan Kavanagh 1946-
AKA Julian Barnes
Read: The Duffy Omnibus (1991)

Margery Allingham 1904-66
Read: The Tiger in the Smoke (1952)

Charles Dickens 1812-1870
Read: Bleak House (1852-3)

Georges Simenon 1903-1989
Read: The Yellow Dog (1931)

Agatha Christie 1890-1976
Read: Peril at End House (1932)

Wilkie Collins 1824-1889
Read: The Moonstone (1868)

Jonathan Latimer 1906-83
Read: The Fifth Grave (1941)

Ruth Rendell 1930-
Read: The Water’s Lovely (2006)

Ngaio Marsh c. 1895-1982
Read: Vintage Murder (1937)

Benjamin Black 1945-
(AKA John Banville)
Read: Christine Falls (2006)

John Dickson Carr 1906-77
Read: The Hollow Man (1935)

Michael Innes 1906-94
Read: The Weight of the Evidence (1943)

Raymond Chandler 1888-1959
Read: Farewell, My Lovely (1940)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt 1921-90
Read: The Pledge (1958)

Michael Gilbert 1912-2006
Read: Even Murderers Take Holidays and other Mysteries (2007)

Donald Westlake 1933-
AKA Richard Stark.
Read: What’s So Funny? (2007)

Colin Bateman 1962-
Read: Wild About Harry (2001)

Frances Fyfield 1948-
Read: The Art of Drowning (2006)

Reginald Hill 1936-
Read: Good Morning Midnight (2004)

Andrea Camilleri 1925-
Read: The Patience of the Spider (2007)

Henning Mankell 1948-
Read: Sidetracked (1999)

Patricia Highsmith 1921-1995
Read: The Talented Mr Ripley (1955)

James Lee Burke 1936-
Read: Black Cherry Blues (1989)

Jim Thompson 1906-1977
Read: The Getaway (1959)

Walter Mosley 1952-
Read: Devil in a Blue Dress (1991)

Denise Mina 1966-
Read: Garnethill (1999)

Steig Larsson 1954-2004
Read: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008)

Ronald Knox 1888-1957
Read: The Viaduct Murder (1925)

EC Bentley 1875-1956
Read: Trent’s Last Case (1913)

Lawrence Block 1938-
Read: All the Flowers Are Dying (2005)

Edmund Crispin 1921-1978
Read: Holy Disorders (1945)

William McIlvanney 1936-
Read: Laidlaw (1977)

George V Higgins 1939-1999
Read: The Rat on Fire (1981)

Dorothy L Sayers 1893-1957
Read: Five Red Herrings (1931)

Anthony Boucher 1911-68
Read: The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars (1940)

Mickey Spillane 1918-2006
Read: I, the Jury (1947)

James Grady 1949-
Read: Six Days of the Condor (1974)

George Pelecanos 1957-
Read: The Big Blowdown (1996)

Robert Crais 1954-
Read: The Watchman (2007)

John Lawton 1949-
Read: Black Out (1995)

Elmore Leonard 1925-
Read: Maximum Bob (1991)

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