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The Telegraph’s 50 Crime Writers to Read Before You Die

Although I don’t read a ton of crime fiction, I couldn’t resist this list. The Telegraph UK’s literary staff selected the authors on this list. To read more about each author, visit the article written February, 23 2008. Staff suggested books to read which follow each author’s name. Books I’ve read are highlighted in blue. If I have read a different book by the same author, I’ve simply highlighted the author’s name in blue.

  1. GK Chesterton 1874-1936 (The Complete Father Brown)
  2. Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 (The Hound of the Baskervilles)
  3. Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 (The Murders in the Rue Morgue)
  4. Ed McBain 1926-2005 (King’s Ransom)
  5. Kyril Bonfiglioli 1929-1985 (The Mortdecai Trilogy)
  6. James Ellroy 1948- (The Black Dahlia)
  7. Janwillem van der Wetering 1931- (Outsider in Amsterdam)
  8. Carl Hiaasen 1953- (Double Whammy)
  9. Dashiell Hammett 1894-1961 (The Maltese Falcon)
  10. Dan Kavanagh 1946- (The Duffy Omnibus)
  11. Margery Allingham 1904-1966 (The Tiger in the Smoke)
  12. Charles Dickens 1812-1870 (The Bleak House)
  13. Georges Simenon 1903-1989 (The Yellow Dog)
  14. Agatha Christie 1890-1976 (Peril at End House)
  15. Wilkie Collins 1824-1889 (The Moonstone)
  16. Jonathan Latimer 1906-1983 (The Fifth Grave)
  17. Ruth Rendell 1930- (The Water’s Lovely)
  18. Ngaio Marsh 1895-1982 (Vintage Murder)
  19. Benjamin Black 1945- (Christine Falls – read my review)
  20. John Dickson Carr 1906-1977 (The Hollow Man)
  21. Michael Innes 1906-1994 (The Weight of the Evidence)
  22. Raymond Chandler 1888-1959 (Farewell, My Lovely)
  23. Friedrich Durrenmatt 1921-1990 (The Pledge)
  24. Michael Gilbert 1912-2006 (Even Murderers Take Holidays and other Mysteries)
  25. Donald Westlake 1933- (What’s So Funny?)
  26. Colin Batman 1962- (Wild About Harry)
  27. Frances Fyfield 1948- (The Art of Drowning)
  28. Reginald Hill 1936- (Good Morning Midnight)
  29. Andrea Camilleri 1925- (The Patience of the Spider)
  30. Henning Mankell 1948- (Sidetracked)
  31. Patricia Highsmith 1921-1995 (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
  32. James Lee Burke 1936- (Black Cherry Blues)
  33. Jim Thompson 1906-1977 (The Getaway)
  34. Walter Mosley 1952- (Devil in a Blue Dress)
  35. Denise Mina 1966- (Garnethill)
  36. Steig Larsson 1954-2004 (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – read my review)
  37. Ronald Knox 1888-1957 (The Viaduct Murder)
  38. EC Bentley 1875-1956 (Trent’s Last Case)
  39. Lawrence Block 1938- (All the Flowers Are Dying)
  40. Edmund Crispin 1921-1978 (Holy Disorders)
  41. William McIlvanney 1936- (Laidlaw)
  42. George V. Higgins 1939-1999 (The Rat on Fire)
  43. Dorothy L. Sayers 1893-1957 (Five Red Herrings)
  44. Anthony Boucher 1911-1968 (The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars)
  45. Mickey Spillane 1918-2006 (I, The Jury)
  46. James Grady 1949- (Six Days of the Condor)
  47. George Pelecanos 1957- (The Big Blowdown)
  48. Robert Crais 1954- (The Watchman)
  49. John Lawton 1949- (Black Out)
  50. Elmore Leonard 1925- (Maximum Bob)
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