Check out the crime writers and master of noir we adore

We love them all ...hope you do too


Just a few of the writers we’ve admired over the years. It’s an evolving list that will grow and grow.  But all writers are worth checking out (with our recommended reads in brackets). Equally as important, the list will give you a steer as to the sort of crime and noir we all want to read …enjoy checking it out. And email us your favourite writers and recommendations at  

Jonathan Ames (You Were Never Really Here), Julie J Anderson (The Plague), Jake Arnottt (He Kills Coppers & The Long Firm), J.G. Ballard (Cocaine Nights, The Crash & High Rise), Laurent Binet (HHhH), Daniel Blake (Soul Murder & City of Sins), Nicholas Blincoe (Acid Casuals & Manchester Slingbacks), Mark Brumby (Always Adam), Edward Bunker (No Beast So Fierce, The Animal Factory & Dog Eat Dog), James M Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Serenade)), Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye & Killer in the Rain)) , Kenneth Cook (Wake in Fright), Patricia Cornwell (At Risk), Martin Cruz Smith (Gorky Park & Wolves Eat Dogs),  Don DeLillo (The Silence, Falling Man & American), Louise Doughty (Apple Tree Yard), James Ellroy (American Tabloid, LA Confidential & Widespread Panic), Andrew Field (All Down the Line & Wicked Games), Barry Gifford (The Sinola Story) , Nadine Gordimer (The House Gun), Graham Greene (The Third Man & Brighton Rock),  John Grisham (The Rainmaker & Runaway Jury), Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon & The Thin Man), Robert Harris (Fatherland) , Carl Hiaasen (Razor Girl) George V Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Killing Them Softly & Cogan’s Trade), Patrica Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley & Strangers on a Train), Chester Himes (A Rage in Harlem), Chloe Hooper (The Tall Man), Lisa Jewell (I Found You), Sebastian Junger (Perfect Storm) Christobel Kent (The Crooked House), John Le Carre (Absolute Friends), James Lee Burke (Last Car to Elysian Fields & In the Electric Mist with Conferate Dead), Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone & Coronado), Elmore Leonard (Stick, Rum Punch, Raylan, Maximum Bob & Tishomingo Blues), Ted Lewis (Get Carter), Peter Lovesey, Alex Marwood (Darkest Secret & Wicked Girls), John D MacDonald (Cape Fear), Ed McBain (The Big Bad City, Eight Black Horses, CandyLand) , Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men), Ian McGuire (The North Water), Stuart Neville (The Ghosts of Belfast), Carole Morin (Spying on Strange Men), David Peace (1974, 1980 & 1974), George Pelecanos (The Cut & Shame The Devil),  Mario Puzo (The Godfather), Danuta Reah (The Last Room & Not Safe), Leigh Russell (Evil Impulse), Kevin Sampson (Outlaws, Clubland & Powder),  Bernard Schlink (The Reader), Rachel Seiffert (A Boy in Winter), Gerald Seymour (Harry’s Game), Karin Slaughter (Busted), Mickey Spillane (The Last Stand & The Long Wait), , Richard Stark (Point Blank), Alexander Stuart (War Zone), Jim Thompson (The Killer Inside Me, Pop. 1280, The Grifters & The Getaway)  Roderick Thorp (Nothing Lasts Forever), Dalton Trumbo (Johnny Got His Gun), Charles Willeford (Miami Blues, New Hope For The Dead, Sideswipe), Charles Williams (Man on the Run, The Big Bite, Go Home, Stranger), Don Winslow (The Dawn Patrol).