Re: RARA-AVIS: Best Contemporary Hardboiled Author?

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 03 Dec 2006

Many of the writers mentioned are of course way up for the ³best² category and Will Beall is one of the current best and meanest......but I also propose Thierry Jonquet , French guy, translated into English for several of his books and with a very strong and credible output in the genre. No one on this list ever mentioned that the rule stipulated that the Œbest hardboiled² category was reserved to North Americans, so let¹s open the
³judging¹ outside the bounderies and open the discussion a bit...

Montois de D鴲oit

Ps: Thierry Jonquet (born Paris, 1954) is a French writer who specialises in crime novels with political themes. His most recent and best known novels outside of France are Mygale (2003) and Tarantula, which was published in English translation in 2005 (Serpent's Tail). He has written over 20 novels in French, including Le bal des d颲is, Moloch and Rouge c'est la vie.

Tarantula is currently being adapted for the cinema by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

On 12/3/06 6:17 PM, "Harry Hunsicker" <> wrote:

I second all the suggestions already made (Bruen, Connelly, McCarthy, Charlie Huston, Pelecanos, Hendricks, etc.) but would like to add a debut author to the list.
> I am about 75 pages into Will Beall's first novel, LA REX, nominally a police
> procedural if you want to classify it, but that really doesn't come close to
> describing what I have read up to this point. David Thompson at Murder By the
> Book in Houston gave it his highest recommendation, and so far I have to
> agree. Hard-boiled in the extreme. The author is a working cop in the 77th
> division of Los Angeles with a unique voice and an excellent eye for details
> which make the action jump of the page. Check it out if you are looking for
> something different.
> --Harry
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Steve Novak

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