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April 27, 2009 / C.T. Henry


20080926-muscles1In the publishing world, it’s a well-known fact that most mystery/thriller readers are women.  However, there are some authors whose writing attracts more men than women.  In a 2008 article “Chick lit vs. Manfiction,” Stephen King dubbed this type of thriller – “manfiction” – and listed the likes of Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Richard Stark, and Lee Child as the best manfiction writers today.

I’m proud to say that I love “manfiction”.  You wouldn’t want to mess with these tough guys, but you’d love to be like them.  They are crime fiction’s superheroes.

I recently recommended a Lee Child book to a male colleague, and he loved it!  His wife isn’t too happy with me though because now he’s addicted.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher series, especially The Killing Floor, The Persuader, and Bad Luck and Trouble

2. Barry Eisler‘s John Rain series, especially Rain Fall and Hard Rain

3. Robert Crais‘ Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, especially L.A. Requiem, Free Fall, and Voodoo River

4. Michael Connelly‘s Harry Bosch series, especially The Last Coyote, City of Bones, and Lost Light

5. John Connolly‘s Charlie Parker series, especially The Killing Kind and The Unquiet

6. Charlie Huston‘s Joe Pitt series, especially Already Dead and No Dominion

7. T. Jefferson Parker‘s Silent Joe

8. James Lee Burke‘s Dave Robicheaux series, especially Black Cherry Blues

9. Robert B. Parker‘s Spenser series, especially Looking for Rachel Wallace

10. Nelson DeMille‘s John Corey series, especially Plum Island

What are your favorite manfiction authors and books?


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  1. Corey Wilde / Apr 27 2009 4:46 pm

    You’ve named some of my favorites, and citing only authors who are still having new works published:
    1. Robert Crais
    2. James Lee Burke
    3. Nelson Demille
    4. Lee Child

    and then I would add:
    5. Ken Bruen
    6. John Sandford
    7. Craig Johnson
    8. Donald Westlake/Richard Stark (he has a new Dortmunder book coming out this year so he still qualifies)
    9. Earl Emerson
    10. Craig McDonald

  2. Diane Pfaeffle / May 6 2009 2:25 am

    What about Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford series. From my mind’s eye that is another great series of Manfiction but, then again, what do I know I’m just a girl!

  3. MysterLover / May 24 2009 7:40 am

    Come on… this was a month ago almost! Please post more frequently! we miss you!

  4. Corey Wilde / May 24 2009 12:14 pm

    I’ll second that.

  5. henryct / May 28 2009 5:00 am

    I’ll be back soon. I just finished moving.

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