Best Crime Fiction Reads (2011)


Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise have asked for our best crime fiction reads in 2011. The books chosen need not have been published in 2011. I’ve read 64 books. The quality, in general, was outstanding. I gave the highest marks to 22 books (34.4%).

I found particularly hard to choose only ten among them. Anyway my favourites reads this year in no particular order are:

  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Pan Macmillan, 2011). First published 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers, New York.
  • Trackers by Deon Meyer (Hodder & Stoughton, 2011). Translated from Afrikaans by K. L. Seegers. Original title Spoor, 2010. 
  • The Quarry by Johan Theorin (Doubleday, 2011). Translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy. Original title: Blodläge, 2010.
  • Temporary Perfections, by Gianrico Carofiglio. (Bitter Lemon Press, 2011). Translated by Anthony Shugaar. Original title: La perfezione provvisorie.
  • Un lugar incierto (An Uncertain Place), by Fred Vargas. (Punto de lectura, 2011). Traducción de Anne-Hélène Suárez Girard, 2010. Título original: Un lieu incertain.
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Vintage Books, 2010). Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Original title: Snømannen, 2007.
  • Blanco Nocturno (Nocturnal Target), by Ricardo Piglia (Anagrama, 2010).
  • Rupture (aka A Thousand Cuts) by Simon Lelic. (Picador, 2010).
  • Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland (Quercus, 2008). First published by Text Publishing, 2006.
  • Voices by Arnaldur Indridason (Vintage paperback, 2007). Translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder. Original title: Röddin, 2003.
  • The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö (Harper Perennial,2007). Translated from the Swedish by Paul Britten Austin. Original title Det slutna rummet, 1972. Translation first published by Random House Inc. New York, 1973.

Forgive my maths, there are eleven.

6 thoughts on “Best Crime Fiction Reads (2011)”

  1. What a great list Jose Ignacio. a coiple of those will be on my own list I think, though we’ll have to agree to disagree about Fred Vargas. I hope 2012 brings much reading happiness too.

  2. En mi lista están también Ricardo Piglia y Fred Vargas y el libro anterior de Theorin. Y creo que debería haber incluido también “Voices”.

    Saludos y Feliz Año

  3. These are great reads, I agree, Jose Ignacio. I haven’t read one of them and there are a couple I did not like perhaps quite as much as you, but in the main I have found these excellent books.

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