But the parallels with classic literature don’t stop there. Goneril and Regan flatter their father in order to gain his inheritance in King Lear, then plot to get the old man out of the way, just as any number of ambitions gangsters have made their way to the top. And, just so you don’t think Shakespeare is the only crime writer out there, try the Icelandic sagas, unparalleled for matter-of-fact violence, legal maneuvering, and deadpan gems like this, from Njal’s Saga:
Hallgerd was outside. "There is blood on your axe," she said. "What have you done?"And now, readers, let's hear from you. What classics of world literature belong on a crime lover’s bookshelf?
“I have now arranged that you can be married a second time," replied Thjostolf.
© Peter Rozovsky 2007