Careful scrutiny of my patent CWA-o-meterTM will reveal that in August 2013 I finally reached the halfway point in my goal to read the CWA’s top 100 crime novels. I chose a solid classic to get me over the wire – Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley.
Paula Gosling’s A Running Duck (Fair Game in US editions) is interesting in the freshness it brings to the Vietnam-vet-turned-cop story.
Cyril Hare’s Tragedy at Law is a 1939-set mystery in which somebody is attempting to kill the circuit Judge Barber. It is strong on atmosphere and has a strong cast of characters.
I also managed a bit of non-CWA reading: Rob Kitchin’s Stiffed is an amiable screwball noir story in which the luckless Tadhg Maguire (pronounced Taig, Tad to his enemies), an Irish guy living in small-town USA, tries his best to get rid of two corpses and several sets of gangsters.
Pick of the month? Ripley (although I was quite surprised how many people don’t like it quite as much as I do).