Thrillers and Lists:

Noir favorites, who makes the cut and why

Part 1: Several online lists of top hard-boiled detective novels prompt a discussion of the logical and practical failures of the "best of" list.

Part 2: I can't help myself. My own top 10 favorite list -- which, naturally, is actually a "top 15" list.

Part 3: Feeble explanations of the thinking behind the list.

Part 4: A feminist follow-up and a promise I've not gotten around to filling.

Addenda: Hannibal falling -- arguably the most influential thriller of the past 15 years, and the wretched excess it spawned.

My Newsday review of Patrick Anderson's The Triumph of the Thriller

A new candidate for the top 15 list: My review of Richard Price's Lush Life

The London Telegraph publishes its own list of the 50 crime novelists you should read before you die, and book/daddy offers them some suggestions.

March 22, 2007 10:49 AM |



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