RARA-AVIS: Re:Best Contemporary Hardboiled Author?

From: Dave Zeltserman ( dz@hardluckstories.com)
Date: 03 Dec 2006

My votes for best contempory hardboiled authors go to

Charles Willeford--while he wrote from 50s to the 80s, his writing is as contemporary as anyone's, and more of his books are now resurfacing (and hopefully Grimhaven will!)

Ken Bruen--dark, poetic, very contempory vision, his last 4 Jack Taylor books are classics-- Magdalene Martyrs, Dramatist, Priest, Cross (yeah, I was able to see an early draft of Cross--it is amazing)

Robert Crais--in my opinion the best of current American-based PI writers, with Walter Mosley a very close second (and he's on this list also)

Charlie Huston--Caught Stealing is the best hardboiled/pulp debut novel I've read, 8 Bad Things is also very good, will be reading Dangerous Man soon.

James Sallis--while very literate, definitely hardboiled, and a great writer.

For best contemporary noir writers, Vicki Hendricks, Seymour Shubin and Jason Starr head that list.

--Dave Z.


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