Friday Reads: Alex Clare’s Top 5 Crime Authors

This week’s Friday Reads is a guest post by Alex Clare on her top 5 crime authors AND a giveaway of her debut novel He’s Gone.  To be in with a chance of winning, retweet and follow @ImpressBooks1. Happy Friday!

First up is Jake Arnott

I love The Long Firm Trilogy by Jake Arnott. He creates this vivid picture of sixties’ London and, with a gay leading character, gives us a new view on a story of gangsters and coppers.

Jake Arnott

Next is Reginald Hill

To pick a single Reginald Hill book would be too hard but I love the Dalziel and Pascoe series for the way he portrays the police team. The interaction between the characters builds and grows as they face marriage, coming out, child illness and other traumas.


Ian Rankin follows next

Another great portrayal of a relationship is in the Rebus series, watching grudging respect grow between Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty. No one seems to be purely good or evil, everyone is presented as having their weaknesses.


Kate Atkinson also makes the top 5

I’ve read everything by Kate Atkinson and her Case Histories are a wonderful example of literary crime novels.


Last, but not least, is Dorothy L. Sayers

Of all of the Golden Age detective authors, Dorothy L. Sayers is my favourite. Her novels reflect a vanished world where a waggle of a monocle would get you into any crime scene. A wonderful escape from reality.


He's GoneHe’s Gone will be released on 1 August is available to pre-order on Waterstones and Amazon. To find out more about Alex Clare and her debut novel, follow her on Twitter @_AlexandraClare.


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