Thursday, December 3, 2015

continuing along the path of the year's best crime fiction, here are The Guardian's picks

Without further ado, author Mark Lawson notes  The Guardian's picks for best crime and thriller books of 2015:

1. (Once again) The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.  -- sigh -- I'm really starting to think it's just me at this point.

2. Disclaimer, by Renee Knight  -- Lawson calls it an "inventive and troubling literary puzzle."

3. I Saw A Man, by Owen Sheers -- "Hitchockian premise..."

4. Dark Corners, by Ruth Rendell -- on the immediate TBR pile

5. Splinter the Silence, by Val McDermid

6. The Shut Eye, by Belinda Bauer

7.  The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz

8.  The Dead Joker, by Anne Holt

9. Even Dogs in the Wild, by Ian Rankin

10. Make Me, by Lee Child

11. You Are Dead, by Peter James

12. Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham

13. Hush Hush, by Laura Lippman

14. The Mulberry Bush, by Charles McCarry

15. Pleasantville, by Attica Locke

16. The Cartel, by Don Winslow

Nesbø's Midnight Sun was also mentioned, although since Lawson referred to it as as "minor exercise," I'm doubtful that it was part of the list.  Apologies if I am wrong. 

Oh, and do read the comments -- I just this minute discovered someone else didn't care for Girl on the Train!


  1. Some look great, while others don't, and frankly I adored Girl on a Train; it was gifted to me from a very special person ( and it was wonderful).

    1. :)

      I'm happy you enjoyed it, Skye. I'm sure it's just me.

  2. It's not you. Over-hyped The Girl on the Train is still on the NYT best-sellers' list which sure has me pondering what people are reading and why.

  3. One can be gripped by TGOTT form the start, but I don't think any brain cells are used. Maybe people just want thrillers and to be entertained in the most superficial way.
    I'm not reading Tolstoy or other classical writers, which I wish I was reading, but I find intelligent mysteries and sometimes other books.
    Eva Dolan, British writer, wrote Long Way Home, a good book with a theme about mistreatment of migrant workers, and not too violent. Her second book, still good, was more violent. Still had a theme about immigrants and prejudice, but darn, more brutality and an unnecessarily gory ending involving a main character.
    I'm wondering if this is about inuring us to war and brutality, like it's all OK and commonplace. What is this reflecting about society?


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