C. T. Henry asks:
A couple weeks ago I went over my reading list for the year to narrow it down to a list of the ten best...And the truth is, I couldn't really come up with a list. I read a lot of books in the past year that were good, but very few that were great. So the selections feel like they'd be even more arbitrary than usual.
Overall, it seems like 2008 was an okay, but not great year for crime fiction. I think it was an especially weak year for debut novels. (On that short list I put together, there was only one debut novel.)
I enjoyed a lot of books by the usual suspects -- Connelly, Pelecanos, Lippman, Block, Ferrigno, Crais, etc. -- but putting together a list of books with familiar names like that just doesn't seem very useful. You already know those people's books and know that they're good.
However, I think I can probably come up with three books that knocked my socks off, so maybe I'll do another "3 Favorites" poll instead.