Thursday, December 16, 2010

Whom have you read for the first time in 2010?

Here are the authors whose work I've read for the first time this year. (Hat tips to Jeff Pierce at the Rap Sheet and Brian Lindenmuth.) Whom have you read for the first time in 2010?

  • Yishai Sarid
  • Roger Smith
  • Meshack Masondo
  • Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  • Olen Steinhauer
  • Mike Hodges
  • Ted Lewis
  • Geoff McGeachin
  • William McIlvanney
  • Donna Moore
  • Max Allan Collins
  • Nicolas Bouvier
  • Alix Bosco
  • Vanda Symon
  • Surender Mohan Pathak
  • John McAllister
  • Sam Millar
  • Caryl Férey
  • James McClure
  • Tonino Benacquista
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Ed Brubaker
  • Greg Rucka
  • Colin Bateman
  • Neil Cross
  • Maurice Gee
  • Lindy Kelly
  • Stuart Neville
  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Alan Glynn
  • Michael Stanley
  • Lisa Brackmann
  • James R. Benn
  • Jassy Mackenzie
  • Cara Black
  • Christopher G. Moore
  • Don Winslow
  • Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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43 Comments:

Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

Wow, you really have been branching out. An excellent list.

Cheers,
Jeff

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Your list reminded me that I should be reading more history. And I may have to revise this list with a title or two before Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Merry Christmas, and thanks for reminding me of this happy tradition.

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Dorte H said...

How funny; I have just checked it today (because my daughter asked me). I have reviewed 57 new authors so far, and I may reach 60.

Blogging has certainly changed my habits and expanded my horizon. I will bring my post around New Year.

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Old-fashioned word of mouth, in person or on line, has been a catalyst for me. Crime-fiction conventions have been a big help, as well.

Are there any crime-fiction conventions in the Nordic countries?

December 16, 2010  
Anonymous solo said...

Peter, you shouldn't publish lists like this. It' only going to embarrass readers like me who have only read one tenth of those writers.

I like the fact that most of the writers are current. As I get older I find I have to fight against the desire to stick with what is already familiar. So bravo to DBB for keeping up with what's new and (occasionally) different.

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Yvette said...

Jeez, talk about embarassing. My list is puny, but here it is. No, wait, I think I'll post it on my blog with a link to your rock'em/sock'em list. Might as well rub salt in the wound. This is a fabulous idea for a blog post. Imitation is a sincere form of flattery, after all.

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Yvette said...

Actually, to my surprise, my own list is just a few short of yours, Peter. Go figure. Though none of your writers are my list and vice versa. Hmmmm.

December 16, 2010  
Anonymous Linkmeister said...

I've read a fair number of new-to-me authors in 2010, but few are in the crime story line.

Meg Gardiner and John Sandford spring to mind.

December 16, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Many new authors, thanks to the international crime fiction websites/blogs with reviews and comments about books and authors.

29-30 new authors, a mix of international and U.S.

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Bernadette in Australia said...

81 for me this year (not counting a few DNFs). But I agree with Yvette - a blog post coming up on this very topic :)

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Declan Burke, Adrian McKinty, John McFetridge, Eoin McNamee, Richard Marinick, Stuart Neville, Roger Smith, Allan Guthrie, Donna Moore, Colin Bateman, Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia Highsmith, Stuart O'Nan, Donald Westlake. I'm sure there are more, but it's late, and I can't find my library card to view my reading history for 2010

Also read a ton of crime fiction shorts by lots of great writers, hundreds of blog posts, and made a bunch of new friends in the process. It was a great year!

December 16, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

The only author here whose work I have read this year is Vanda Symon.

But other first-to-me authors are, and here I'm only listing global names:
Esther Verhoef, Elly Griffiths, Henning Mankell, R.J. Harlick, Jim Kelly, Julie Zeh, John Harvey, Hakan Nesser, Andrea Camilleri, Rob Kitchin, Johan Theorin, Deon Meyer, Gianrico Carofiglio, Claudia Piniero, Malla Nunn, Garry Disher, Teresa Solana ( addition to Vanda Symon)

Next year, I aim for more international writers.

Also, a first for me was Dashiell Hammett, but plan on more for 2011.

And a few other U.S.-published firsts were Kathleen George, Sophie Littlefield, Kelli Stanley, David Ellis and Joseph Finder.

December 16, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Solo, I'm embarrassed when I read other people's lists, not so much for the length of the lists but for the number of writers I have not read. But I'll take that back. I regard their lists as humbling, salutary reminders of how much good stuff is out there even amid all the swill.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yvette, such lists are fun for the person who posts them and possibly useful for people who read them. I'd be happy to claim such a list as my idea, but Brian Lindenmuth of Spinetingler Magazine was the first peson I know of to post such a list. Other crime-fiction bloggers have posted similar lists, including Jeff Pierce of the Rap Sheet, whose recent list reminded me what fun such lists are.

I liked making the list because it brought back pleasant memories of the year's reading.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Actually, to my surprise, my own list is just a few short of yours, Peter. Go figure. Though none of your writers are my list and vice versa. Hmmmm.

Yvette: See how useful these lists are? You've read more than you think, and you realize how much more good new stuff is out there, perhaps for you to read next year.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Linkmeister, there's no shame in reading non-crime, and you're allowed to mention such books here. It occurred to me as I prepared my list that I should have read more history than I have this year.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Kathy, that's how I come to new authors: through crime-fiction blogs, and at conventions or through recommendations from people I've met through blogs.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Sean. Your list has a decided Cetic tinge. And thanks for reminding of short stories. My firsts in that area this year have included, among others, Paul Brazill and Sean Patrick Reardon.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Bernadette, come back here and leave another comment when you've put up your list -- and include a link if you like.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Kathy, looks like you've made a good start on the international writers. That plus Dashiell Hammett makes for a hell of a good year, I'd say.

December 17, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Yes, a very good year and can't wait to start the new year of global reading--and some U.S. writers, whom I want to try or to reread.

There are a slew of global challenges out there, a daunting number. Even if one can't accomplish more than one or two, one still gets good book ideas, reads well-written reviews and learns quite a bit.

And can't turn my back on the U.S. writers either--have read so many good writers this year, not only Hammett, but others whose books I'll look for again.

Am now reading Michael Connelly's latest excellent book, "The Reversal." For a good legal thriller,with defense attorney-turned-prosecutor Mickey Haller, combined with the Harry Bosch character, one is moved to play hookey, stay home, drink tea and keep reading.

Michael Connelly's legal mind is something to ponder. His writing skills aren't too shabby either.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Nice list Peter, I'm working on mine and will also make a blog post with it.
And before you ask me yes I'm planning to come back with a link to my blog then.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

As promised you can find my list of 2010 new authors at http://ignacioescribano.blogspot.com/2010/12/first-time-authors-read-in-2010.html.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Yvette said...

Well, okay then, Peter, since you give credit to Brian as the first, I'll do the same. Just posted my list over at my blog if you care to look.:)

December 17, 2010  
Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

I am so surprised you've never read Sjowal and Wahloo until now. Of course, I haven't read most of these myself.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

"For a good legal thriller ... one is moved to play hookey, stay home, drink tea and keep reading."

For a good roman noir or hard-boiled or historical mystery or ... well, just about any good reading, really.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Yvette said...

Of your list, I've read James R. Benn, Don Winslow, Sjowall and Wahloo and Greg Rucka. Not bad.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Jose. That's a good, long list. I noticed some Spanish authors on the list; no shock there. I'm not sure all have been translated into English. Any recommendations from among them?

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yvette, you are not the only compiler of such a list to find that the list turned out longer than expected.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Patti, I was also surprised that I had not read Sjöwall and Wahlöö
until this year. I have not been reading international crime fiction for that many years, and it takes time to catch up on some of the landmark books. The same is true of American crime fiction. I have only just read The Glass Key for the first time.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yvette, what have you read of Greg Rucka's?

December 17, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Authors from Spain:

Teresa Solana's "Not a Perfect Crime," is great, a satire/murder combination

From South America: Claudia Piniero is good, some recommend Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza.

The Game's Afoot has a lot of Spanish authors and information, which is excellent.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. I started "Not a Perfect Crime" but set it aside because of some clunky prose. Whether this is due to the author or the translator, I don't know.

I looked at Jose's list on The Game's Afoot and asked him for information about some of the Spanish authors.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Peter from my list I will suggest Domingo Villar, his first book Water-Blue Eyes is available in English and Death on a Galician Shore will be released next year. Also Alicia Giménez Bartlett has at least three books translated.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. Villar’s was one name that I recognized from your list. And I’ve just remembered these guest posts at Detectives Beyond Borders for anyone interested in crime fiction from and about Spain.

December 17, 2010  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Those guest posts were very interesting indeed Peter.

December 18, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

They'd make a good beginning for anyone wondering where to start reading Spanish crime fiction. They could help participants in reading challenges as well.

December 18, 2010  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Another Spanish writer whose books have been released in English is Eugenio Fuentes. I have only read At Close Quarters.
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/f/eugenio-fuentes/

December 18, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

This review suggests that At Close Quarters has rich stories to tell. Thanks.

December 18, 2010  
Blogger Yvette said...

Peter, I just saw your question. I've read, I think, three of Greg Rucka's early Atticus Kodiak books and liked them very much. KEEPER was the first, I think.

But I confess I haven't liked his last couple of books - don't like the direction they've taken. Kodiak's gone away from being a body guard to be being some sort of super spy.
So I've kind of stopped reading him.

December 18, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I have read Rucka only in the Queen and Country graphic novels, which I liked. I have never read any of his other books.

Queen and Country is all about spies. Maybe his interests have turned in that direction.

December 18, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Am just getting in under the wire, but today finished "Southwesterly Wind," by Brazilian author, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza.

I recommend his writing. His Inspector Espinoza is quite a character, not as introspective and sad as Erlander, a bit like Martin Beck, but not exactly.

Anyway, if one is looking to read South American crime fiction, he is a good author; there are three books listed by him so far.

December 26, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I like Garcia-Roza because he reads a lot and can't find a suitable way to store his books.

December 26, 2010  

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