Underdog Literature, September 2013: 15 fresh or compelling, off-the-wall CRIME novels

Underdog Literature WordPress September 2013.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

For this month, my focus is on crime novels, domestic suspense, thrillers and noir classics.


01: HARLAN COBEN, “Tell No One”, 370 pages, 2000. [Thriller]

02: WILLIAM HJORTSBERG, “Falling Angel”, 302 pages, 1978. [Fantasy Noir]

03: TED ALLBEURY, “Lantern Network”, 200 pages, 1979. [Espionage]

04: RUTH RENDELL (as BARBARA VINE), “The Dark-Adapted Eye”, 278 pages, 1986. [Thriller]

05: CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG, “A Dram of Poison”, 160 pages, 1956.

06: ROSS MACDONALD, “The Chill”, 288 pages, 1963. [Noir; book 11 of an 18-book series]

07: ED LACY, “Room to Swing”, 132 pages, 1957. [Noir]

08: KIN PLATT, “Sinbad and me”, 255 pages, 1967. [Children’s Mystery]

09: JACK D. FERRAIOLO, “The Big Splash”, 288 pages, 2008. [Middle-Grade Noir]

10: STUART GIBBS, “Spy School”, 291 pages, 2012. [Middle-Grade Spy Parody]

11: JOHN MORGAN WILSON, “Simple Justice”, 304 pages, 1996. [Mystery, first in an eight-book series]

12: JOHN FREEMANTLE, “Charlie M”, 207 pages, 1977. [Spy Thriller, first in a fourteen-book series]

13: ADAM HALL, “The Quiller Memorandum”, 254 pages, 1965. [Spy Thriller, first in a nineteen-book series]

14: ISSER HAREL, “The House on Garibaldi Street”, 290 pages, 1975. [Nonfiction]

15: JÜRGEN THORWALD, “Das Jahrhundert der Detektive” / “Century of the Detective”, 704 pages, 1965 pages [Nonfiction; German]

This month, I found most of these titles on a long list [Link] of winners and nominees for the Edgar Awards [Link].


Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: DON CARPENTER, “Hard Rain Falling”, 308 pages, 1964. [Noir Classic]

02: CHESTER HIMES, “If he hollers, let him go”, 224 pages, 1945. [Noir Classic]

03: ERIC AMBLER, “A Coffin for Dimitrios”, 304 pages, 1934. [Espionage / Suspense]

04: TONINO BENACQUISTA, “Saga” / “Das Seifenopern-Quartett”, 439 pages, 1997. [Farce / Satire; France]

05: DANIEL GALERA, “Flut” [German title] / “Barba Ensopada de Sangue” [Portugese title], 424 pages, 2012. [Brazilian… literary thriller]

I started reading Dieter Wunderlich’s review here [Link, German; Spoilers], marked the book as to read – and later got a copy of the German edition, from Suhrkamp [Link]: Frank, the German editor, is a good publishing friend… and thought I’d like it.


…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: DAVID GATES, “Jernigan”, 256 pages, 1991.

5 of 5 stars: PETER HEDGES, “What’s eating Gilbert Grape”, 319 pages, 1991.

4 of 5 stars: CELIA FREMLIN, “The Hours before Dawn”, 192 pages, 1958. [Thriller / Domestic Suspense]


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