100 Must-Read Crime Novels by Paul Roseby

By Paul Roseby

Want to turn into against the law novel buff, or extend your studying on your favourite style? it is a sturdy position to begin! From the publishers of the preferred Good Reading, this publication includes a wealthy number of the very best crime novels ever published.

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Borrowing its plot from William Faulkner’s 1931 novel Sanctuary, it concerns the fate of the eponymous young heiress, who is abducted, held to ransom and raped by a vicious, depraved criminal, who is obsessed with and dominated by his mother, a lurid detail presaging James Cagney’s Ma-fixated character, Cody Jarrett, in Raoul Walsh’s 1949 film, White Heat. It was revised by Chase in 1961, with the slang updated and, since publication, has sold over two million copies. L. K. K. Chesterton was a writer of many talents who published dozens of books in his lifetime on subjects ranging from theology to literary criticism.

What starts out as a fairly simple case swiftly becomes increasingly complex and dangerous and, before long, he and Pike become embroiled in a deadly chase, one that takes them from some of LA’s meaner streets to the beautiful boulevards paraded by the upper echelons of Hollywood’s elite. Along the way, they uncover a murky melange of sex, drugs and murder, and the case concludes in something approaching a bloodbath, or, as an LAPD detective puts it, ‘like Rambo Goes to Hollywood’. With this atmospheric, entertaining and hugely exciting novel, Crais inaugurated a wonderful series and, in Cole and Pike, he fashioned an inimitable team.

In any other detective stories the flamboyant Flambeau, a great creation in his own right, would take centre stage but, in Chesterton’s narratives, he plays second fiddle to the modest priest with the gift for imagining himself in the position of the criminal. ’ the murderer in one story asks when Father Brown seems to read his mind with ease. K. ’ It is his knowledge of the devils in his own heart and those of others that enables him to perform the apparently impossible feats of deduction which enliven Chesterton’s wonderfully enjoyable short stories.

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