Short Order Crooks

Dave ran a list of what he thinks are the best crime novels and asked for input. I was thinking about what to add to his list, but I realized summer is really my favorite time for short stories and crime fiction has some real doozies. So here’s my list of my favorite/the best crime short stories of all time.

1. By Dawn’s Early Light by Lawrence Block

2. Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan

3. The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

4. Hilly Palmer’s Last Case by Duane Swierczynski

5. Until Gwen by Dennis Lehane

Honorable Mention: Too Many Crooks by Donald Westlake


3 thoughts on “Short Order Crooks

  1. I’ll bite:1) “Red Wind”, Raymond Chandler.2) “Mary, Mary, Shut the Door”, Benjamin Schutz. An underappreciated classic.3) “A Matter of Ethics”, Robert J. Randisi (or “A Favor for Sam”).4) “Skeleton, Rattle Your Mouldy Leg”, Bill Pronzini. A tragedy in 3,000 words.5) “Dead End for Delia”, William Campbell Gault. A grim weeper.Honorable mentions: “The Real Shape of the Coast” by John Lutz, “Dead Soldier” by Loren Estleman”, “Iris” by Stephen Greenleaf.

  2. Here goes:1- Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff2- Blood Sport by Thomas Lynch3- Death of an Aztec Princess by Martin Limon4- Erie’s Last Day by Steve Hockensmith5- War Crimes by G. Miki Hayden (though I’ll take her Miriam stories as well, excellent stuff)6- Th O-Bon Cat by IJ ParkerEach of these has left me in awe and humbled. The characters move me. And, oh yes, there’s a crime and sometimes even a puzzle.

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