RE: RARA-AVIS: another list

From: Anders Engwall (
Date: 18 Apr 2008

The intro to the list states that popularity was a factor, that's why I mentioned Gardner.


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

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