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    Default Know any DECENT crime writers?

    most of the true crime books are written by hacks. ann rule and joe mcguiness are the exceptions IMHO.

    all the rest seem to be awful writers.

    have i missed some good ones?

    any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    My wife is the household book expert. She suggests John Glatt and Aphrodite Jones. She also says Jack Olsen is not the best but she likes his work.


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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    Joseph Wambaugh has written some good true crime books. His police fiction is generally good too.

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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    As for fiction, try Walter Mosley, Tony Hillerman, John Sandford, and Dick Francis, but for a nice mystery with a healthy dose of bizarre humor, the should have been governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman.

    As for nonfiction, find a copy of Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon.
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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    Michael Connolly. He has written ~16 books, with not a dud among them. Very good indeed.
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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    Hi again. She wants me to add some more for fiction (she thought you were asking about non-fiction).

    They are: Robert B. Parker, Harlan Coben, Randy Wayne White, and +1 to both Kinky Friedman and Michael Connolly.


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    I'm another who likes John Sandford. His "Prey" series and "Kidde" series are great.

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    Robert Graysmith?

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    Elmore Leonard is tops on my list!

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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    Quote Originally Posted by DM51 View Post
    Michael Connolly. He has written ~16 books, with not a dud among them. Very good indeed.
    +1 on Michael Connelly. I've thoroughly enjoyed several of his, especially the Harry Bosch novels. I also suggest Robert Crais. I reviewed his book, The Two Minute Rule here:
    http://www.sneakyreader.com/index.php?s=two+minute+rule.

    Edit: I just reread your post and saw that you are looking for true crime. I can't help you there, but I stand by my earlier suggestions for crime and detective fiction.

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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    For fiction, Dennis Lehane is tops in my book. Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, A Drink Before The War, are good starters.

    Non-fiction must reads,
    Maury Terry's Ultimate Evil about the Son of Sam murders

    Penny Lernoux's In Banks We Trust - this cast of thousands will have you banking from your mattress

    Walter Bowart's Operation Mind Control is now difficult to find - occasionally available on amazon for quite a price, it's an unbelievable read about real government research and operations - criminal? read it an you judge

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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    I don't know from "True" crime, but I do know that Sanford, Deavers, Coben and Hillerman are some good writers!

    Crime on a much grander scale (such as treason) by Clancy, Flynn and others.
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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    I enjoyed James Ellroy. Not exactly true crime, but an interesting experience.

    I'd start with his L.A. Quartet:

    1987 The Black Dahlia
    1988 The Big Nowhere
    1990 L.A. Confidential
    1992 White Jazz

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    Default Re: Know any DECENT crime writers?

    I can't name any books or authors, but there's a great article (NSFW) posted here: http://stickgrappler.tripod.com/street/smokecamel.html
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