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Best-of-2010 Megalist: Crime Fiction and Thrillers

These eleven crime novels and thrillers have received the most mentions on best-of-the-year lists and awards as compiled in my Megalist of books published in the U.S. during 2010.

1. Room, by Emma Donoghue (46 votes to date)

The runaway winner in this category is narrated by Jack, a 5-year-old who readers come to realize has been kept in a single room with his mother for his entire life. Ma has done her best to make this seem like normal life, but as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that this imprisonment and the regular visits of Old Nick are something much more sinister.

2. Faithful Place, by Tana French (21 votes to date)

Frank Mackey avoided his home neighborhood for over 20 years after his girlfriend failed to show for their elopement. Discovery of her suitcase forces him to return to investigate what happened to the girl that he thought deserted him. French fashions a searing portrayal of Dublin past and present in a story of dysfunctional families, lost love, and impoverished lives.

3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson (19 votes to date)

Convalescing from her shooting and still under guard as a murder suspect, the slight tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander works with journalist Mikael Blomkvist via computer to clear her name and track her lifelong tormentor. As the last of a trilogy, this one’s not much use for book groups unless they’ve read the first two.

4 (tie). Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin (11 votes to date)

Their interracial friendship was destroyed twenty-five years earlier when Larry Ott’s date failed to come home, but now as police constable, Silas Jones is forced to look up his old friend (whose guilt was suspected but never proven) when a similar crime occurs. Franklin has been praised for his atmospheric portrayal of Mississippi and the lingering ghosts of racism.

4 (tie). Our Kind of Traitor, by John Le Carré (11 votes to date)

The old master of espionage turns to international money laundering for the subject matter of his latest, which follows a Russian mafia oligarch, a businessman and money launderer, through his attempt to defect and the resulting MI-6 investigation.


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Googling of the Best Books of 2007?

2008-01-01 12:00:33 by Brimmer

Did you read my posting carefully? If so, then your comprehension skills are sorely lacking because I wrote that the 8 books represented on my list were a few titles that I "acquired" in calendar year '07, not a best books of 2007 list. To wit:
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was published in 1971
"Terrorist" hit the shelves in 2006
"Big Sur" was first in print in 1962
"Factotum" first graced book store shelves in 1975
Sorry I confused you. Perhaps you need to read more.
So you declare that I am not a "real writer", huh? OK, sport, here's a double-pronged challenge for you:
First of all, post some writing, something in the box

Excellent article, wonderful book

2008-12-16 10:00:13 by Swann

From the article:
"It is one of those rare books that speaks with the same eloquence to children and adults -- and is equally beloved by both."
That's a special category. I might add writers too, as a peculiar kind of adult. The best children's fiction has the simplicity of clear writing without talking down to readers or listeners. You'll find some 'big' words in its pages, and it's always the right word. But when it suits to use several 'smaller' words instead, those are used to good effect.
Writers could benefit by reading the best of children's literature for a dozen more reasons

The thing I like best about reading fiction

2007-12-17 15:00:51 by snimral

Is that it makes me think about different people who think differently from me. It makes little people like us important and tells stories from their point of view. It's not like the media where it's always some big shot or celebrity you're supposed to think about.
Internet is fast, and everyone writes fast and doesn't think a lot. I like books because things slow down, and the writing in a good book can keep you hanging on every word, and you can't put the book down.
My wife brings home a stack of mysteries about twice a month and devours them.

Sci-fi writer Harry Harrison dead at 87

2012-08-15 19:06:19 by RFiveDFour

Popular science-fiction author Harry Harrison, whose book "Make Room! Make Room!" was the basis for the 1973 film "Soylent Green," about a futuristic society and its fictional food, has died, his publisher said Wednesday. He was 87.
Born in 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut, Harrison was best known for his 12 novels about the futuristic character "Slippery Jim" DeGriz, also known as the Stainless Steel Rat. Harrison also was the main writer for the "Flash Gordon" comic strip during the 1950s and '60s, according to his publisher, Tor Books

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