He named a top ten list of 20th-century gothic novels for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Double Indemnity by James M CainRead about another book on the list.
Lean, mean and dazzling. This is one of the great LA gothics, with all the best echoes of classic noir and a femme fatale to end all femme fatales. Most people have seen the great Billy Wilder adaptation of this novel and therefore bypass the book. Big mistake. As glorious as Wilder's film is, this novel has a rare, dark beauty that deserves to be savoured on its own terms.
Double Indemnity is one of Malcolm Jones' ten favorite crime novels.