It’s only May, but already the American Library Association has released its list of “The Year’s Best Crime Novels.” For some reason, the ALA makes these announcements every spring (the 2011 list is still available here). The rest of us just have to get used to that schedule.
Among the ALA’s latest roster are books published in both 2011 and 2012. Author Bill Ott adds his brief but thoughtful comments about each of these 10 “best” picks:
• Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway (Knopf)
• Bleed for Me, by Michael Robotham (Mulholland)
• Blotto, Twinks, and the Dead Dowager Duchess, by Simon Brett (Felony & Mayhem)
• The Devil She Knows, by Bill Loehfelm (Farrar/Sarah Crichton)
• Iron House, by John Hart (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne)
• The Leopard, by Jo Nesbø (Knopf)
• Poison Flower, by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
• Red Means Run, by Brad Smith (Scribner)
• Turn of Mind, by Alice LaPlante (Atlantic Monthly Press)
• Wyatt, by Garry Disher (Soho Crime)
On top of all that, Ott chooses his “Top 5 Debut Crime Novels” (including Johnny Shaw’s Dove Season and Rosamund Lupton’s Sister) and five “Small Press Authors to Watch” (among them Edward Cline and Miles Corwin).
You’ll find the ALA’s full feature here.
(Hat tip to Randal Brandt.)