A Hardboiled Crime Fiction Reading List
Hardboiled and Thriller Readers Take Note
Yes that's right, I'm talking to you because you're the one who is going to appreciate the books listed on this site.
The books featured on this site are going to generally appeal to readers who love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Dennis Lehane's Kenzie and Gennaro and all of George Pelecanos' books. Equally, the despair of Dave Robicheaux, the lone wolf Jack Reacher, the wit and charm of Myron Bolitar and the startling disparate personalities of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
If you know exactly what I am talking about with the selection mentioned above and have also devoured all of the books mentioned above the chances are pretty good that there will be others listed inside that you haven't enjoyed yet. Basically, I go for books that are pretty similar in terms of philosophy and structure. The tougher the better, quite frankly.
I always find it exciting to stumble upon a new series to get into and there is every chance there will be something new for most people visiting here. I have compiled a mixture of old and new with some of the very well known authors having been joined by lesser known but no less talented names.
I have also included the opportunity to buy each book that has been listed on the site because, not only do I like discovering new series but I also love being able to buy them for the cheapest possible price. Full disclosure at this point, the links to the books that are listed for sale are affiliate links.
So, without further ado, here are the crime fiction authors that I have gotten a lot of enjoyment reading. I hope there is a name below that is new to you and sets you on a new path of reading pleasure.
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Max Allen Collins
William Campbell Gault
Gar Anthony Haywood
Robert B. Parker
T. Jefferson Parker
Donald Ray Pollock
Richard A. Thompson
David J. Walker
Jan Merete Weiss
Donald E. Westlake
John Morgan Wilson
Welcome crime readers to Crime Fiction HQ!
This is my appreciation for the outstanding crime novels I have read and enjoyed over the years. While the authors and books that are featured at Crime Fiction HQ may appear to be a random selection of (high quality) crime novels they are anything but.
In fact, the authors and books highlighted here are linked together by the fact that they all fall into my realm of reading and represent the types of books that people with similar tastes will enjoy. They are hardboiled detective novels or heart-stopping thrillers that sit on the very edge of extreme violence and graphic realism. In some cases they cross over to the other side.
It is my intention to create an exhaustive listing of as many modern hard-boiled authors and their crime novels as possible.