|Posted on Friday, February 21, 2003 - 09:07 am: |
Who would you recommend of late in this genre? I am in the mood for some good mysteries or thriller and I know you're something of an expert.
|Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 06:43 am: |
No expert, by a long way, but stuff I've read and liked at the moment in that kind of vein and would recommend:
George Pelecanos (highly recommended, top stuff, The Big Blowdown is my favourite)
Jenny Siler (Iced, thought it was good)
Scott Philips (The Ice Harvest, recommended)
Douglas Winter (I think) - Run
Not noir, but highly recommended, anything by Robert Wilson. 'A Small Death In Lisbon' is my favourite, but there's also a series of books about a character called Bruce Medway, who's an expat English 'fixer' living in West Africa. All good. I think he has a new book out this month.
Also, historical thriller/spy fiction, anything by Alan Furst. Read them all, they're top drawer.
If anyone else reading this has any suggestions, do chime in.
|Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 10:20 am: |
|Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 - 06:01 pm: |
There's two by Paul Mann that I greatly enjoyed:
Season of the Monsoon
Both are set in India (as is a third, The Burning Ghats, which I haven't read), and they do seem to capture the teeming life of the place.
I should qualify this by saying I've read little in this genre. YMMV, of course
|Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 08:58 am: |
Thanks Peter, I'll check those out. I'm very fond of noir/thrillers that are set in a place that I'm familiar with - *provided* they really give me a feeling of the atmosphere of the place, rather than those that are just there as a painted-by-numbers exotic backdrop for the plot.
I've a real weakness for anything set in Russia - some of Martin Cruz Smith's novels, Donald James' Vadim books and so on.
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 04:56 pm: |
For some reason I thought I was posting to one of JeffV's boards, but here I am. Glad to see I hadn't barged in to obnoxiously. Anyway, hope you like the Mann books. I tend to think they'll meet your qualifications: I at least didn't find them paint-by-number.
I've got your recommendations down, so I hope to give them a shot in the near future. Already picked up Sallis' "Eye of the Cricket" for an upcoming plane trip to New Orleans (for a bit of preparatory atmosphere). Of course now I want to track down some of your work, too...