Originally Posted by Malmordo
I have 12 Rabes on my Kindle but have only gotten around to reading Anatomy of a Killer, which I wasn't crazy about, but I'll definitely get to the rest ... hopefully soon.
Do you like Charles Williams? His books on Kindle came down in price on Cyber Monday, so I picked up a lot of the titles. I'm a huge fan of Dead Calm -- it's white-knuckle stuff, the Philip Noyce movie never really captured the book's suspense. I also loved Williams' relatively laid-back The Long Saturday Night.
To be honest, I couldn't give a hoot about crime writers after the 1970s, with the exception of some who started in the late-50s/early60s (Westlake, Leonard, Willeford, Garfield, and Block when he's on). So most of the posts you'll see from me are about the golden age greats.
Williams is on my to-read list, Malmordo. I have about 4 or 5 Rabes on my Kindle. I have The Box, A Murder in Naples, A Shroud for Jesso, Murder Me For Nickels...a couple others, I think. I don't have Anatomy, but I want to get my hands on some of Rabe's Daniel Port books, which were a clear influence on Westlake. Daniel Port may have been one of the first criminals that was the protagonist of a series of novels. Well, after Fu Manchu, I guess.
I love David Goodis' The Burglar. My favorite Jim Thompsons are The Grifters and The Getaway ( I liked both adaptations but the novel is a masterpiece and both movies leave out the book's gruesome ending) I have some stuff by Horace McCoy, Lionel White, W.R. Burnett, and a little known writer named Clifton Adams. He wrote a book called Whom Gods Destroy that I thought was quite good. It's the ultimate "get revenge on the girl you had a huge crush on in High School who never gave you the time of day" novel.
Lots of Dan Marlowe. I love his Earl Drake character. Marlowe's best Drake books were The Name of the Game is Death and One Endless Hour. Excellent stuff.
And all this stuff is available on Kindle, most for under 3 bucks.
I agree that the writers of the 50's and 60's were, on whole, much better than the writers working today, but there are some current writers who knock my socks off. They're just few and far between. And you usually have to search them out. I don't know if you've noticed, but the reading public usually has pretty bad taste. The fact that the new Alex Cross movie and the Jack Reacher film are highly anticipated is ample evidence. (Again: no insult meant to the fans of those books here; just stating my opinion).