Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Premature Evaluation

Yes, it seems awfully early to be putting together lists of the year’s best works of crime and mystery fiction. But that’s exactly what Booklist has done, continuing a longstanding tradition of being the first out of the gates with its annual reading favorites. Its picks were all reviewed in Booklist from May 1, 2016, through April 15, 2017.

Included among the magazine’s “Top 10 Crime Novels” are: Celine, by Peter Heller; Darktown, by Thomas Mullen; Let the Devil Out, by Bill Loehfelm; and Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane. A companion list of “Best Crime Fiction Debuts” features, among others: The Dry, by Jane Harper; IQ, by Joe Ide; Little Deaths, by Emma Flint; and She Rides Shotgun, by Jordan Harper. You will find the complete list here.

Booklist also presents lists of what it says are the year’s “Best Crime Fiction Audiobooks” and the “Best Crime Fiction for Youth.”

(Hat tip to Randal S. Brandt.)

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