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Inca
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It's not great literature by any stretch, but Fletch by Gregory McDonald is highly entertaining.
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Hmmm, you've recommended that on the comedy books thread too. Is it both?
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It is both, yes. The first in the series was very good, but it went quickly down hill. Fletch became somewhat smug and pleased with himself.

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I would recommend the Kramer & Zondi books by the late James McClure.

I learned more about Apartheid era Zuid Afrika from those books than from a thousand 'concerned' feature articles.

The Steam Pig & The Song Dog, are the best.

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I rate the first three of the Fletch/Flynn series: Fletch, Confess Fletch, and Flynn, but I'd agree that the series isn't as good after that. Those three are excellent though.

(and would still make very good movies if done properly)

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This seems as good a place as any for this periodic inquiry: Has anyone heard anything recent regarding a release date for the third book of Ellroy's Underworld U.S.A. trilogy, or even any information at all since the last time this question was brought up?
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lyra
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I'm rereading the oeuvre of Mark Billingham. He's really very good indeed. I think I put a lot of recommendations on that other thread, so will try not to repeat myself...
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Walter Mosely is worth picking up - black writer with a fresh angle on detective novels with Easy Rawlins.
Also check out Socrates Fortlaw, ex-con in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned.

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True, Walter Mosley is decent. Just avoid his sci-fi novel (which I forget the name of) which is unfortunately pretty shitty.
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lyra
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James Sallis is really good, too, for British noir.
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Alania Vladikavkaz Satie
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James Crumley.
George V Higgins.

[ 11.09.2007, 19:41: Message edited by: Tyrannosaurus Alan ]

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To get back to Ellroy, I'm not sure when his new one is coming out, but I did just finish a recent collection, Destination: Morgue!

Some nonfiction, previously unpublished fiction. I liked the nonfiction stuff much more than the fiction, except for a new Danny Getchell story that's a perverse historical-what-if involving LAPD police chief Parker and California politicians. The other fiction are three linked novellas that didn't grab me.

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A quick mention here for Andrew Vachss - his Burke novels are excellent hard-boiled and grim.

Also Robert B. Parker - in particular the Spenser series

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The Ed McBain "87th Precinct" stuff, I lke a lot, and he has done a load of others, specifically "Doors" which I love to bits.

Currently, I am reading everything by Ian Rankin and James Patterson.

From the female perspective, Sara Paretsky's VI Warshawski, is a good series, as in Janet Evanovich's series which have numbers in the titles.

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Mcbains the king of the US uniformed police novel. Hes been writing about the same group of cops since the 50s iirc and theyve not grown any older.
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I'm halfway through a Laura Lippman, and it's pretty good.
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