Great Detective Novels

A Listmania! list by Bob Dobbs "devils_lackee" (Austin, TX USA)
 
The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)
1.  The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries) by James Lee Burke
The list author says:
  "The first of the Dave Robicheaux novels and an often over looked classic. Drug cartels, gun runners and The Big Sleazy."
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Heaven's Prisoners (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)
2.  Heaven's Prisoners (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries) by James Lee Burke
The list author says:
  "The sequal to NEON RAIN and an awesome follow up."
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Black Cherry Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
3.  Black Cherry Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke
The list author says:
  "Picks up where HEAVEN'S PRISONERS left off. Dave runs afoul of some sleazy mob guys in Montana of all places. These three books are best if read in order."
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The Alienist
4.  The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The list author says:
  "Outstanding historical fiction with elements of Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper, set against the back drop of late 19th century New York."
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True Detective (Frank Nitti Trilogy)
5.  True Detective (Frank Nitti Trilogy) by Max Allan Collins
The list author says:
  "Here's a different take on historical fiction. This book is kind of like Mike Hammer meets the Chicago mob only better."
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True Crime
6.  True Crime by Max Allan Collins
The list author says:
  "Chicago P.I. Nate Heller crosses pathes with the Dillinger gang and Frank Nitti in this historical yarn."
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The Million - Dollar Wound (Frank Nitti Trilogy)
7.  The Million - Dollar Wound (Frank Nitti Trilogy) by Max Allan Collins
The list author says:
  "Third in the trilogy and a great follow up to the first two. Nate Heller comes back from duty in the Pacific a broken man."
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Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole, Book 2)
8.  Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole, Book 2) by Robert Crais
The list author says:
  "A fun read and one of the best of the early Elvis Cole novels."
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Free Fall (Elvis Cole)
9.  Free Fall (Elvis Cole) by Robert Crais
The list author says:
  "A real stand out in the series. Many of the books are written by formula, this is the first one to break out of the rut."
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Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole Novel
10.  Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole Novel by Robert Crais
The list author says:
  "This is another break out novel free of the formula. Deffinitly broader in scope and more ambitious than the earlier books in the series."
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L. A. Requiem (Elvis Cole)
11.  L. A. Requiem (Elvis Cole) by Robert Crais
The list author says:
  "This book answers a lot of questions about Elvis Cole's partner Joe Pike. Read the other books before reading this one and the pay off will be a lot sweeter."
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The Last Good Kiss
12.  The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The list author says:
  "This one has my vote for one of the best P.I. novels ever written. Think Hemmingway meets Chandler."
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The Black Dahlia
13.  The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
The list author says:
  "This book represents a high water mark in fiction. Just read it-trust me."
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Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola (Kinky Friedman Novels)
14.  Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola (Kinky Friedman Novels) by Kinky Friedman
The list author says:
  "Ex-country singer turned private eye Kinky Friedman and the Shalom Retirement Villiage People are in a class by themselves."
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Cases
15.  Cases by Joe Gores
The list author says:
  "From a brutal chain gang murder in the American South to the streets of San Francisco this book delivers."
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Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem
16.  Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem by Philip Kerr
The list author says:
  "This trilogy is an amazing piece of historical reconstruction. A Chandleresque P.I. working in Nazi Germany...Berlin Noir indeed!"
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Mucho Mojo
17.  Mucho Mojo by Joe R. Lansdale
The list author says:
  "Hilarious, violent and disturbing all in one book! This is a great introduction to the HAP & LEONARD series."
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A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro Novels)
18.  A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro Novels) by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "The debut of a heavy wieght. This book is a great introduction to Lehane and the first book of an excellent series."
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Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)
19.  Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) by Walter Mosley
The list author says:
  "The first Easy Rawlins novel. Good stuff!"
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Right as Rain (Derek Strange/Terry Quinn)
20.  Right as Rain (Derek Strange/Terry Quinn) by George Pelecanos
The list author says:
  "If you like any of the other writers on this list read George Pelecanos, you won't be sorry."
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Flood
21.  Flood by Andrew Vachss
The list author says:
  "I wish the uglyness portrayed in this book were only fiction, but it's not..."
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