Favorite Crime Fiction of 2009
Way under my normal average, I only read 35 crime novels in 2009. Nevertheless, it’s been a productive year. I finished reading Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt series and devoured every one of John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series. As far as new authors, I “discovered” Robert Ferrigno’s post-apocalyptic Assassin trilogy, and as a huge fan of the HBO series The Wire, I also read most of George Pelecanos’ Derek Strange series. Finally, I tackled the much hyped Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2009.
As the year finally comes to a close, here is a list of my favorite mystery/thrillers of 2009:
1. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (2008)
This is one of my favorite books of all-time! The writing and the story were truly impressive. I love how Smith uses Soviet Russia as a character.
2. Right as Rain by George Pelecanos (2001)
Urban noir at its best! Pelecanos’ command of street lingo, racial tensions, and loveable characters make for a powerful story.
3. The Killing Kind by John Connolly (2002)
The Killing Kind is Connolly’s tightest and scariest thriller. If you like really dark crime fiction, this is your best bet.
4. Sovereign by C.J. Sansom (2007)
Sovereign is C.J. Sansom’s best historical thriller. Sansom’s depiction of York and blistering pace made for an enjoyable read.
5. The Ghost by Robert Harris (2007)
What a story! I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written political thriller about a former Prime Minster’s ghost writer.
6. Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno (2008)
Ferrigno’s Assassin trilogy was one of the most enjoyable reading experiences. This second book, where Rakkim Epps journeys through the Bible Belt, is the best thriller of the series. The characters and relationships are enduring and unforgettable.
7. Envy the Night by Michael Koryta (2008)
Envy the Night is a taut thriller and one of Koryta’s best. Plenty of action, tension, and sharp dialogue.
8. Free Fire by C.J. Box (2007)
A captivating mystery! I learned so much about Yellowstone National Park that I can’t wait to visit.
9. The Turnaround by George Pelecanos (2008)
Wow! This guy can really write. What a tale of redemption!
10. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2008)
A good mystery with a great heroine, but it didn’t live up to the hype.