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Book Cover Image. Title: Unknown Man #89, Author: Elmore Leonard

Unknown Man #89

Elmore Leonard

One of the Elmore Leonard's lesser known efforts, this is as notable for its crime fiction elements as it is for its love story and realistic depiction of alcoholism. Put this one of the shelf with the very best novels in your collection.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Swag, Author: Elmore Leonard

Swag

Elmore Leonard

Two Leonards on the same list? Why not? He was America's greatest crime fiction writer, and Swag is one of his strongest books. The first chapter alone is worth the price of the ticket.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux Series #3), Author: James Lee Burke

Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux Series #3)

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is the best pure writer among us. I remember reading this for the first time and thinking, Damn. Violent and poetic.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Gone, Baby, Gone (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series #4), Author: Dennis Lehane

Gone, Baby, Gone (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series #4)

Dennis Lehane

This one has it all: jaw-dropping action sequences, a realistic and surprising mystery solution, scope, character, and narrative drive. It's the work of a young man writing in a creative fever.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Last Coyote, Author: Michael Connelly

The Last Coyote

Michael Connelly

In my opinion, Micheal Connelly is the best mystery/procedural writer in the world. Once started, the Harry Bosch books cannot be put down or out of mind. This one stands out.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Clockers, Author: Richard Price

Clockers

Richard Price

Yes, Clockers is a crime novel. It's also my generation's The Grapes of Wrath.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee Series #1), Author: John D. MacDonald

The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee Series #1)

John D. MacDonaldLee Child

The first crime novel I ever read is also the first Travis McGee novel, The Deep Blue Good-by, and it is a dark, deep ride, indeed. My dad liked these books, as did many veterans of the Second World War. A remarkable series.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Galton Case (Lew Archer Series #8), Author: Ross Macdonald

The Galton Case (Lew Archer Series #8)

Ross Macdonald

It's said that, with the Lew Archer novels, Ross Macdonald wrote the same book over and over again. But what a book. This is the one I go back to often.
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Book Cover Image. Title: The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue Series #1), Author: James Crumley

The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue Series #1)

James Crumley

If I had to name one book that most made me want to become a crime fiction novelist, this is it. James Crumley turned on a generation of writers and changed the game.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Hard Rain Falling, Author: Don Carpenter

Hard Rain Falling

Don CarpenterGeorge P. Pelecanos

Stunning depiction of a career criminal. A great American novel written with fierce conviction and ambition.
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