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    The sudden, tragic death of her husband leaves Caroline Evans alone in New York City to raise her children with little money and e

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    “Julian Trent, you have been found guilty by this court of perpetrating a violent and unprovoked attack on an innocent family

  • No Deals, Mr. Bond (James Bond)

    Two female agents of Operation Cream Cake—double agents and honey traps against the KGB—are murdered. Bond must find the ot

  • Shutter Island

    Dennis Lehane's masterpiece of mystery and suspense-brought to life for the first time as a graphic novel In 1954, U.S. Marshal T

  • Darkfall

    A blizzard brings a city to a standstill and ushers in an evil that defies imagination in this gripping tale from #1 New Yor

  • Four to Score (Stephanie Plum Novels)

    A Featured Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Main Selection of the Mystery GuildJa

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    Clancy shows how an ordinary man crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the

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WINKS' PERSONAL FAVORITES IN DETECTIVE FICTION


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
Floater

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
Victims

Colin Wilcox 1984
Smoke Detector

Eric Wright 1984
Hindsight

Peter Dickinson 1983
The Name Of The Rose

Umberto Eco 1983
The Glass Highway

Loren D. Estleman 1983
Fatal Obsession

Stephen Greenleaf 1983
Deadheads

Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1983
La Brava

Elmore Leonard 1983
Ice

Ed McBain 1983
Cobalt

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
Bogmail

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
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