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In the Appendix to his Detective Fiction, A Collection of Critical Essays, Robin W. Winks includes "A Personal List of Favorites." He writes that “the following list of titles is provided … as a point of entry; authors are limited to no more than three titles. The editor regards all of the books as good, although for a variety of reasons. Not all have contributed to the history of the field and not all are written with equal grace, but each has substantial merit, whether for plot, well-realized setting, characterization, detection, or even trickery. For the most part, books from the early classic period (pre-1930) are omitted.”

Early Graves

Joseph Hansen 1987
Fire Lake

Jonathan Valin 1987
Ground Money

Rex Burns 1986
The Staked Goat

Jeremiah Healy 1986

Joseph Koenig 1986
A Criminal Comedy

Julian Symons 1986
The Marine Corpse

William G. Tapply 1986
Lifes Work

Jonathan Valin 1986
Very Old Money

Stanley Ellin 1985
The Dutch Blue Error

William G. Tapply 1985
New Hope For The Dead

Charles Willeford 1985
Death In The Old Country

Eric Wright 1985
The Suspect

L.R. Wright 1985
The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy novels 1984
The Dirty Duck

Martha Grimes Richard Jury novels 1984
The Ghostway

Tony Hillerman Jim Chee novel 1984
Emily Dickinson Is Dead

Jane Langton 1984
The Man In The Middle

Norman Lewis 1984
The Artful Egg

James McClure 1984

Colin Wilcox 1984
Smoke Detector

Eric Wright 1984

Peter Dickinson 1983
The Name Of The Rose

Umberto Eco 1983
The Glass Highway

Loren D. Estleman 1983
Fatal Obsession

Stephen Greenleaf 1983

Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1983
La Brava

Elmore Leonard 1983

Ed McBain 1983

Nathan Aldyne 1982
Bad Company

Liza Cody 1982
The Man Who Likes Slow Tomatoes

K. C. Constantine 1982
Ritual Murder

S.T. Haymon 1982
Trotskys Run

Richard Hoyt 1982
The False Inspector Dew

Peter Lovesey 1982
Indemnity Only

Sara Paretsky Warshawski novel 1982
The Butchers Boy

Thomas Perry 1982
Death In A Tenured Position

Amanda Cross 1981
The Amateur

Robert Littell 1981

Patrick McGinley 1981
The Outside Man

Richard North Patterson novels 1981
Deep And Crisp And Even

Peter Turnbull 1981
The Mind Murders

Janwillem Van de Wetering 1981
The Rembrandt Panel

Oliver Banks 1980
One Foot In The Grave

Peter Dickinson 1980
The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
Castles Burning

Arthur Lyons 1980
Looking for Rachel Wallace

Robert B. Parker Spenser novels 1980
The Eurokillers

Julian Rathbone 1980
Death of a Literary Widow APA Posthumous Papers

Robert Barnard novel 1979
Angle Of Attack

Rex Burns 1979