RE: RARA-AVIS: another list

From: Patrick King (
Date: 18 Apr 2008

--- Anders Engwall <> wrote:

> The trouble with this list is not so much the order
> between those are on it,
> as who are on it and who are not. Some of those on
> the list are neither
> brilliant or influential.
> I mean, no Erle Stanley Gardner or Donald E.
> Westlake? But instead Scott
> Turow and Val McDermid? Um, sure.

When you're talking about "GREATEST crime writers" I don't think Erle Stanley Gardner makes the cut. Sure, he was a crime writer, but "great"? Not in my opinion. I think Patricia Highsmith as the #1 is a stretch, not much of a stretch, but its a bit of one. In my opinion Ruth Rendell is vastly better at plotting credible novels than Highsmith was. She, Leonard, Chandler, Hammett and McBain should be higher on the list.

Patrick King

Patrick King

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