I’ve been meaning to put this list together for some time and the truth is there are so many other crime novels that I wanted to include but we’d be here all day so I’ve been strict with myself and narrowed it down to ten . if you think I’ve missed a book out or if you have a top ten of your own that you want me to look at then please let me know in a comment .
10. Ghost Man By Roger Hobbs
Given the success of Lee Child it was inevitable that other writers would Have a go at creating their own Jack Reacher . Roger Hobbs has done a better job than most with his character Jack Delton a ‘Ghostman’ someone whose job it is to be forgettable, to disappear or to help other criminals disappear. This is a great read and has won praise from pretty much everyone. Including Lee Child.
9. There Are No Spies By Bill Granger
The 7th book in a series that is something of a forgotten gem. Think of the November man series as a cross between James Bond and George Smiley. It also made for a great film , which thanks to a piss poor release is also a bit of a forgotten gem . You can read my review of the movie here:
8. Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a ridiculously clever and very well plotted psychological thriller, that is also as a mate of mine put it “a Grade A mindfuck”. Be warned though, the ending is enough to make you punch a wall. It’s also enough to make you want to stay single. Forever.
Gone Girl also made for a great movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
7. The Witness by Simon Kernick
One of Simon Kernick’s best books to date, if not the best. http://bookebloke.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/book-review-witness-by-simon-kernick.html
6. Strange Affair By Peter Robinson
The 15th Inspector banks novel that explores Bank’s relationship with his family following the disappearance of his estranged brother Roy.
5. The Cuckoo’s Calling By Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling)
J.k Rowling’s crime debut is good enough to remind you why you fell in love with crime novels . it also prove that for J.K Rowling there is life beyond Harry Potter . There are 3 books in the series that follows 1 legged detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin. They are a bit of an odd couple, but that’s what makes these books so entertaining.
4. Normal by Graeme Cameron
An extremely disturbing and at times hilarious novel about a man seems normal but who has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage, where he keeps young girls against their will .
3. The Living Daylights By Ian Fleming
The only short story to make this list but it is not the only Bond book ….
The living daylights is a cracker of a short story and formed the basis of one of the most underrated Bond films ever.
2. One Shot By Lee Child
I could have put any Jack Reacher book on this list as I love them all but One Shot was one of the first I read . It also made for a good film , which seems to have become a bit of a theme in this list.
1. 1 .Casino Royale By Ian Fleming
For my money this is the best of the classic bond novels , it also formed the basis of my all-time favourite film .