John Harvey’s Bookshelf

//John Harvey’s Bookshelf

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:

  1. Kent Anderson: Night Dogs
  2. Suzanne Berne: A Crime in the Neighbourhood
  3. Andrew Coburn: Voices in the Dark
  4. K. C. Constantine: The Man who Liked Slow Tomatoes
  5. James Crumley: The Last Good Kiss
  6. Stephen Dobyns: The Church of Dead Girls
  7. Jamie Harrison: The Edge of the Crazies
  8. George V. Higgins: The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  9. Bill James: Roses, Roses
  10. Dennis Lehane: Mystic River
  11. Elmore Leonard: LaBrava
  12. Charles McCarry: The Tears of Autumn
  13. William McIlvanney: Laidlaw
  14. Bill Moody: Looking for Chet Baker
  15. Walter Mosley: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
  16. Jefferson Parker: The Blue Hour
  17. George Pelecanos: Shame the Devil
  18. James Sallis: Drive
  19. Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo: Roseanna
  20. Neville Smith: Gumshoe
  21. Peter Temple: The Broken Shore
  22. Ross Thomas: The Fools in Town Are On Our Side
  23. Brian Thompson: Ladder of Angels
  24. Don Winslow: California Fire & Life
  25. Daniel Woodrell: Give Us a Kiss

Harvey's Book Hoard

Harvey's Book Hoard

Beautiful Books!

A closer view of Harvey's shelves...

Find out more about John Harvey at his official website, click here.



  1. […] female writers have often been under-represented in the long and shortlists for the Theakston (and other lists in other genres and even, tacitly, awards granted for non-genres). It’s a totally legitimate […]

  2. N J Cooper 30/11/2010 at 2:36 pm

    crimelady: do men write ‘better’ books than women? That all depends, doesn’t it? Grittier? I can think of lots of female writers of gritty novels, very good ones too, but is gritty necessarily better???

  3. crimelady 24/11/2010 at 6:36 pm

    Don’t you think men make better crime writers though NJ? Grittier writing perhaps?

  4. crimelady 24/11/2010 at 6:34 pm

    Lots of lovely new authors to get my teeth into….

  5. N J Cooper 19/11/2010 at 11:57 am

    Only three women writers of twenty-five, John, and one of those a co-writer… Is this because you don’t read many novels by women? Or just don’t enjoy/admire them? I would LOVE to know.

  6. betty 18/11/2010 at 8:21 pm

    Some books I’ve read, some I mean to read one day and some new to me, great:)

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