Instead of one long review, I want to mention briefly books (an arbitrary number because there are so many more) that I loved when I read them-many years ago. None are crime novels because although I read many crime novels, the ones that stay with me in a special way are usually this sort of thing.
Easter Parade, Richard Yates
I like this Yates novel almost as much as REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. It is the sad story of the Grimes sisters and their lives over forty years. It came out in 1976 and it's tone if not its exact plot points stays with me still. Yates had a sad life so it's only fitting that his novels reflect that.
Searching for Caleb, Anne Tyler
I could have chosen any one of Tyler's first dozen books, which I adored. This one is the story of a man searching for his brother who walked out the door many years earlier. Tyler's early books are not about plot. They are about character, place and words. How I loved them.
The story of the Neumillers, ,a midwestern family is shockingly forgotten. Many of the incidents began as New Yorker stories. The book was published in the seventies, to fabulous reviews, and reissued in the 1990s.
Happy All the Time, Laurie Colwin
Laurie Colwin wrote wonderful books and died too young. This is my favorite. The story of two couples and their ups and downs. What's the opposite of mean-spirited. Happy all the time.
The Hair of Harold Roux, Thomas Williams
This novel with a novel was considered a masterpiece in the seventies but is forgotten today. It won the National Book Award. Read it an be amazed.
Sergio Angelini, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, James M. Cain
Joe Barone, THE WOUNDED HEALER, Henri J.M. Nouwen
Brian Busby, Syd Dyke, illustrator
Bill Crider, AMAZING STORIES, June 1958
Curt Evans, Emma Lou Fetta
Ray Garraty, THE HOMESMAN, Glendon Swarthout
Rich Horton, BROOD OF THE WITCH QUEEN, Sax Rohmer
Jerry House SHERLOCK HOLMES THROUGH TIME AND SPACE, edited by Isaac Asimov et al
Nick Jones, NOBODY'S PERFECT, Donald E. Westlake
Margot Kinberg, BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE, Martin Walker
Rob Kitchin, ALL THE DEAD VOICES, Declan Hughes
B.V. Lawso< SPOOKS, SPIES AND PRIVATE EYES, edited by Paula L. Woods
Evan Lewis, FIVE, Temple Field
Steve Lewis/Dan Stumpf, THE MURDER WEARS MUKLUKS, Eunice Mays Boyd
Todd Mason, ECLECTIC FICTION MAGAZINES
J.F. Norris, MY LATE WIVES, Carter Dickson
Juri Numellin, THE RIDGE, Michael Kortya
James Reasoner, MAD STRIKES BACK
Kelly Robinson, THE BIG, GOLD DREAM, Chester Himes
Gerard Saylol, SLOCUM AND THE TRAIL TO YELLOWSTONE, Jake Logan
Kevin Tipple/Patrick Ohl, THE TATTOO MURDER CASE, Akimitsu Takagi
Prashant Trikannad, THE FATHER THING, Philip K. Dick and RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY, Isaac Asimov
R.T. A DRAINING LAKE, Arnaldur Indridason
Tomcat, THE PEARL HARBOR MURDERS, Max Allan Collins
Zybahn, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, Walter Mosley