My ambition to read all top 100 CWA titles is going well, but I keep thinking of titles that seem to have been missed off the list.
I’ve read mainly US titles so far, so here are five surprise omissions from the list, which was published in 1990. I’ll suggest some UK omissions later.
Jim Thompson: The Killer Inside Me (1952)
‘Probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered,.’ said Stanley Kubrick. Certainly worthy of place alongside Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dying.
Robert B. Parker: The Godwulf Manuscript (1973)
You can have too much Spenser – he’s a bit too good at everything for my liking – but in this first outing he reads like a worthy successor to Marlowe.
Joseph Wambaugh: The Choirboys (1975)
This was so reminiscent of Catch-22 (with a side helping of M*A*S*H) that I didn’t really appreciate the story on my first reading. But stick with it, and it’s a story of real poignancy.
James Ellroy: The Black Dahlia (1987)
Whether you call it stylish neo-noir or just as mad as a box of frogs, the first in Ellroy’s LA Quartet will be one of the most memorable pieces of crime fiction you ever read.
Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs (1988)
The textbook novel of serial killers and the people who hunt them. I could have said Red Dragon too, but I decided to go with five titles in this list.
Any more for any more?