Kaggsy’s confession that she had never read Patricia Highsmith made me think about some of the classic crime writers that I still haven’t got around to. Here is a rundown of my top five to-be-read authors.
Best Missed Series of the Century
The 33 novels and 40 novellas in the Nero Wolfe series were voted best mystery series at Bouchercon 2000 (which still sounds futuristic). Now I’m not 100% sure about missing Rex Stout, as I have half a recollection of having one on my shelves, but it can’t have been a memorable one. And for some reason you don’t find many Stouts in UK second-hand bookshops (or new bookshops for that matter).
The Case of the Prolific Proser
Erle Stanley Gardner wrote 82 works (f I’ve counted correctly) in the Perry Mason series between 1933 and 1973, plus loads of other titles. Statistically it is vanishingly unlikely that I haven’t read a single one, but that’s the Case.
Ross Macdonald (husband of Margaret Millar) published Lew Archer novels between 1949-1976, and is credited with bringing greater psychological depth to the hardboiled genre. I’m looking out for The Zebra-Striped Hearse.
So go on, who have you missed? And are there any of these you’d give a miss?