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July 25, 2008 / C.T. Henry

Best Crime Fiction Locales

Last week the Independent (UK) newspaper selected “80 of the best sleuths to escape with this summer,” a list of crime novels set in different locations around the world. (Thanks to Sarah Weinman and David Montgomery for the link.)

Some of the best crime fiction depends on how the author uses the setting.  I love it when a book introduces you to a new place or captures your hometown perfectly.  So here’s my list of favorite crime fiction locales, with a book that best exemplifies each place.  (The first four books are from David Montgomery’s list, and I couldn’t agree more with his choices.)

Baltimore: Laura Lippman’s Every Secret Thing

Los Angeles: Michael Connelly’s Angels Flight

New York: Lawrence Block’s When the Sacred Ginmill Closes

Washington D.C.: George Pelecanos’ Hell to Pay

Boston: Dennis Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone

Louisiana: James Lee Burke’s The Tin Roof Blowdown

Northern Michigan: Steve Hamilton’s A Cold Day in Paradise

Minnesota: William Kent Krueger’s Iron Lake

Wyoming: C.J. Box’s Open Season

Ontario, Canada: Giles Blunt’s Forty Words for Sorrow

Tokyo, Japan: Barry Eisler’s Rain Fall

What are some of your favorites?


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