Top Ten Modern Mystery Novels for Crime Fiction Buffs

A Listmania! list by Anna McCall (Atlanta, GA)
The list author says: "I have been a devotee of crime fiction since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book in elementary school. Every author manages to do it just a little bit differently, and the stories and characters never cease to amaze me. Enjoy!"
Winter Prey
1.  Winter Prey by John Sandford
The list author says:
  "This is the book where Lucas Davenport meets Weather, but the story itself is essential John Sandford.  It takes place in the North Woods in the dead of winter, and the images and feelings created by Sandford will have you snuggling in a blanket in 90 degree heat."
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For the Sake of Elena
2.  For the Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George
The list author says:
  "George's prose is always elegant and sounds as though it should be coming out of a brushstroke rather than a pen.  Her tortured hero, Lynley, and his equally tortured sidekick, Havers, take on a case in Cambridge where a young girl has been killed."
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The Poet
3.  The Poet by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "Harry Bosch meets his most notorious foe and Rachel Walling, too.  Bosch is the classic rogue, maverick cop with his own sense of morality and no sense of humor - extremely entertaining."
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The Enemy (Jack Reacher)
4.  The Enemy (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child
The list author says:
  "Any fan of Reacher has to read this one.  We know he's an ex-military cop, but that's all. This goes back to the early nineties and the Cold War, when Reacher was still in the Army.  This whole story adds depth to Reacher's character and serves as a solid foundation for all of the other Reacher novels."
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Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, No. 1)
5.  Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, No. 1) by John Sandford
The list author says:
  "In Rules of Prey, we are introduced to Lucas Davenport.  He is tall, dark, rough, and juuuust this side of the law.  He designs battle simulation games, drives a Porsche, and his best friend is a nun.  There is not a better character in detective fiction."
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Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel
6.  Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "Kenzie and Gennaro are unlikely heroes - washed-up private investigators from Boston's rough south side.  They're driven from dark forces within themselves to find a missing little girl, and the end is completely unexpected."
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Mystic River
7.  Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "This book and movie both are ones that I would place under the category of "everyone needs to see once but you probably won't watch it over and over because it's not exactly the feel-good movie of the year."  It doesn't get better for plot and rich characters that slowly and painfully unravel."
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The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)
8.  The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries) by James Lee Burke
The list author says:
  "New Orleans cool."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

Taming a Sea-Horse
9.  Taming a Sea-Horse by Robert B. Parker
The list author says:
  "No collection would be complete without Spenser.  He's tough, tender, and funny as hell.  Susan Silverman is one of the most annoying female characters in literature, but Spenser is worth it."
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The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #5)
10.  The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #5) by P. D. James
The list author says:
  "PD James is one of the masters of the genre.  Hands down."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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