Originally Posted by Beldar
Just wanted to stop in and reiterate how much this thread rocks. I have it bookmarked. Anytime I need some suggestions or want to know if a book I'm considering is great or not, I check in here.
Read recently: Dancing Bear by Crumley, Dawn Patrol by Winslow, Tishomingo Blues by Leonard, My Dark Places by Ellroy
Reading now: The Winter of Frankie Machine
Up Next: California Fire & Life
Also wanting to dip into some George V. Higgins and Ross Macdonald. Any suggestions on those would be appreciated.
What I loved about Tishomingo Blues is that with any other book, the witnessed murder would be the plot. Instead, it happens, Leonard moves on, we get 200 pages of people talking and interacting and then maybe 50 pages of shit hitting the fan, and none of it feels forced or like filler.
I love Higgins. The Friends of Eddie Coyle is great, but look for a little OOP gem from 2000 called The Agent, It's like Glengary Glen Ross set in the world of sports agents. I also reallly liked his (considerably) lighter Jerry Kennedy series.
Ross MacDonald is seriously underrated and better than both Chandler(And I love Chandler to death) and Hammett. He was unfairly considered a Chandler rip-off and his first few books felt like Chandler, but his series was deeper and sadder and more soulful. Try The Chill.http://www.thrillingdetective.com/archer.html