I've decided to compile a list of the 10 Greatest Detective Novels ever written. And you can help! I'll give my preliminary list below. Feel free to use the comments section to argue over the choices. Your suggestions and contributions are welcome. I want to put together the definitive list...Well, at least, the CFD's definitive list.
The only requirements are: the book must feature a detective; it must be written in English; and I have to have read it. (I know, you don't know what I've read. We'll figure it out.)
So, here goes...
10 Greatest Detective Novels (in alphabetical order):
- Lawrence Block - When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
- Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye
- Michael Connelly - The Black Echo
- Robert Crais - L.A. Requiem
- Dashiell Hammett - The Maltese Falcon
- Walter Mosley - Devil in a Blue Dress
- Robert B. Parker - Looking for Rachel Wallace
Okay, that's only seven. I think we need a Rex Stout (maybe Black Mountain?) and a John D. MacDonald (Dreadful Lemon Sky, maybe?). I'm not that big a fan of Ross Macdonald or Mickey Spillane, but maybe you can convince me otherwise.
It's all men so far, so do any books by women belong? I don't think Agatha Christie is good enough to make the cut. Never read Dorothy L. Sayers. Laura Lippman or Denise Hamilton, maybe? They're both top-notch.
Oh, and I was never much of a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle or Ed McBain. What about Dick Francis, though?
Thoughts?? Who have I left out? What books should be on here?