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Etienne
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Kinky Friedman is great.

Agree with JtS on Nature Girl, Hiaasen phoning it in. Stormy Weather is his best, I reckon.

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The Maigret books by George Simenon are generally excellent. Not so much for the unravelling of the criminal act itself, in my view, but more the way Simenon writes about rather sordid characters with such sympathy and understanding. Also, they're short, with short chapters, making them very readable, and there are lots and lots and lots of them. I think the best one might be 'A Man's Head'.
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One old school, one new...

Chester B Himes - All Shot Up. 1950's Harlem murder mystery. Great stuff
James Lee Burke - The Tin Roof Blowdown.
Katrina brought to life, warts and all.

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Chester Himes is brilliant - Blind Man with a Pistol and A Rage in Harlem are both excellent, really evocative of the period and with some really well-drawn characters.
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Martin Waites. Just read 'The Mercy Seat'.

I'd read his 'Miners' Strike' one (Born Under Punches) and liked it, even if it paled alongside the awesome 'GB84' but found a couple of others a bit heavy on the machismo n violence, but 'Mercy' was good (still very dark and violent), and nice bit of local colour in its Baltic, Millenium Bridge etc locations.

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Chester Himes is brilliant - Blind Man with a Pistol and A Rage in Harlem are both excellent, really evocative of the period and with some really well-drawn characters.
I've never read Himes' crime fiction--only If He Hollers, Let Him Go and parts of The Lonely Crusade, both semi-autobiographical novels of racism in Los Angeles during World War II. If He Hollers is considered to be a classic of Los Angeles fiction--a great look at life in wartime LA, and a antidote to the thinking that World War II was a time of great unity in America.
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Charlie Huston was mentioned at the start of this thread. I haven't read his straight crime stuff yet, but anyone who likes tough, laconic crime fiction should check out his Joe Pitt novels. Brutality, cynicism, so many double crosses that the plotline resembles a mobius strip and a world weary anti-hero who takes more than his fair share of beatings - all this with the added bonus the most of the characters are vampires.

Excellent stuff, and a welcome antidote to all the horrible female-vampire-hunter series that dominate most bookshop horror sections.

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Recently read 'The Lady in the Lake' by Chandler. Good read .... but a bit 'style (what style, though!) over substance' (maybe that's the nature of Chandler).

On a roll, I ploughed into Dashiell Hammett's 'The Glass Key', which is terrific on police and political corruption ... and surely a template for the Coens' 'Miller's Crossing' (now there's a sublime film).

I have in mind an excellent ... I think McBain ... wherein nothing happens except a policeman loses a citizen's dog ... and his life falls apart. (Anyone give me the title of that one?)

I'll second the nod to Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne series. Well drawn character ... kind of 'Sweeny' ... not sure why that hasn't been taken up by telly/cinema.

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For those who have read Robert B Parker and Lee Child, who would win a fight between Spencer and Reacher.

My missus reckons Reacher. Big, tough, military training.

I'm veering toward Spencer, might be a bit older, but he's unconventional, his imagination would take Reacher down.

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erwin, Billingham was interviewed on the Book Show last week and they were saying Thorne is going to be on the TV. He had a first choice for who he wanted to play him - and I've forgotten who it was.

I found the latest one in a sale so I'm looking forward to that.

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Nearly, nearly finished Christopher Brookmyre's The Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks. As usual very enjoyable, and back on familiar territory after a A Tale Etched in....

Possibly his best yet, but maybe also a touch of familiarity getting in the way.

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Not read that one yet Chippy. Mixed reviews on Amazon, but I won't let that put me off.

Question is, do I buy online or trek down town to Waterstones?

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I am one stamp away from a 15 borders token. So maybe you could buy it in borders.

I think it is still in hardback, but I got it with a 4 discount so only 12.

I'll be in town at lunchtime, so can tell you how much it is going to cost you.

The paperback isn't due until June.

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Sorry to say that both Borders and Waterstones have it back to the full price of 16.99.

Do you want to borrow my copy?

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If I could that would be smart. I'm off next week looking after the kids for half term, so I could possibly meet you down town one lunchtime.

Alternatively, why don't you wend your way to the game this Saturday and give yourself a real treat!

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