John Harvey’s Bookshelf
Who better to get reading tips from than crime authors themselves? What books inspire them, fill them with envy or inform their own writing?
We’re kicking of our Authors’ Favourites section with the Top 25 recommendations from novelist and poet John Harvey.
John has over 100 books published, including recently, Far Cry and a collection of short stories titled A Darker Shade of Blue.
The first of his celebrated Charlie Resnick novels, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century. Flesh and Blood, the first of three Frank Elder novels, was awarded both the British Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger and the US Barry Award in 2004. His books have won two major prizes in France, and in 2007 he received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. Harvey has written many scripts for television and radio, including dramatisations of two Graham Greene novels, A.S. Byatt’s Frederica Quartet and (with Shelley Silas) The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott.
|John Harvey’s Recommendations:
- Kent Anderson: Night Dogs
- Suzanne Berne: A Crime in the Neighbourhood
- Andrew Coburn: Voices in the Dark
- K. C. Constantine: The Man who Liked Slow Tomatoes
- James Crumley: The Last Good Kiss
- Stephen Dobyns: The Church of Dead Girls
- Jamie Harrison: The Edge of the Crazies
- George V. Higgins: The Friends of Eddie Coyle
- Bill James: Roses, Roses
- Dennis Lehane: Mystic River
- Elmore Leonard: LaBrava
- Charles McCarry: The Tears of Autumn
- William McIlvanney: Laidlaw
- Bill Moody: Looking for Chet Baker
- Walter Mosley: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
- Jefferson Parker: The Blue Hour
- George Pelecanos: Shame the Devil
- James Sallis: Drive
- Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo: Roseanna
- Neville Smith: Gumshoe
- Peter Temple: The Broken Shore
- Ross Thomas: The Fools in Town Are On Our Side
- Brian Thompson: Ladder of Angels
- Don Winslow: California Fire & Life
- Daniel Woodrell: Give Us a Kiss
Harvey's Book Hoard
A closer view of Harvey's shelves...
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