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Julian Symons was awarded the British Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, served as President of the Detection Club in London and was a distinguished critic of the mystery genre. In 1957-58, Julian Symons selected the 100 Best Crime Stories for the London Sunday Times. That list follows.

The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
From Russia, with Love

Ian Fleming James Bond novels 1963

Meyer Levin 1957
A Tangled Web

Nicholas Blake 1956
The Blunderer

Patricia Highsmith 1956
The Lord Have Mercy

Shelley Smith 1956
Mystery Stories

Stanley Ellin 1956
The Man Who Didnrsquot Fly

Margot Bennett 1955

Michael Innes novel 1955
A Beast In View

Margaret Millar 1955
The Man With Two Wives

Patrick Quentin 1955
The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1954
Last Seen Wearinghellip

Hillary Waugh 1953
A Kiss Before Dying

Ira Levin 1953
My Name Is Michael Sibley

John Bingham 1952
Reputation For A Song

Edward Grierson 1952
The Ivory Grin aka Marked for Murder

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1952
Venetian Bird

Victor Canning 1951
Maigret In Montmartre

Georges Simenon 1951
The Daughter Of Time

Josephine Tey novels 1951

Charlotte Armstrong 1950
Cat And Mouse

Christianna Brand 1950
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950
The Department Of Dead Ends

Roy Vickers 1949
The Asphalt Jungle

W. R. Burnett 1949
Devil Take The Bluetail Fly

John Franklin Bardin 1948
With My Little Eye

Roy Fuller 1948
A Case To Answer Or One More Unfortunate

Edgar Lustgarten 1947
The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin novel 1946
The Horizontal Man

Helen Eustis 1946
Phantom Lady

William Irish 1945
Death Comes As The End

Agatha Christie None Novel 1944
The Lodger

Georges Simenon 1943
The High Window

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1942)
Payment Deferred

C.S. Forester 1942

Cyril Hare Inspector Mallett novel 1942

Vera Gaspary 1942
Hangover Square

Patrick Hamilton 1941
Never Come Back

John Mair 1941
Verdict Of Twelve

Raymond Postgate 1940
The Mask Of Demetrios

Eric Ambler 1939
Rogue Male

Geoffrey Household 1939

Daphne du Maurier 1938
The Nursemaid Who Disappeared Warrant For X

Philip MacDonald 1938
Hamlet Revenged

Michael Innes 1937
The Lady In The Morgue

Jonathan Latimer 1937
The Wheel Spins

Ethel Lina White 1936
The Case Of The Sleepwalkerrsquos Niece

Erle Stanley Gardner 1936
A Gun For Sale

Graham Greene 1936