I shared this on Twitter, but I thought I would also mention it here. Max Allan Collins recommends ten works of crime fiction. It is, of course, always easy to quibble with the choices on such lists. But it’s a damn good list, even if one that I drew up would likely be a little different. Collins’ list is definitely heavy on the hardboiled and noir, and heavy on the classics.
Perhaps I will draw up a list of my own. What about you, tumblchums? What books would be on your Beginner’s Guide/Essential Works list?