Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ten of the best fictional crimes

Simon Mason is a British author of novels for young readers as well as adults, and the nonfiction book The Rough Guide to Classic Novels.

He named his top ten chilling fictional crimes for the Guardian, including:
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Crime as revenge, as an honour killing. Marquez was a magician. In the first sentence of the book he tells us what will happen: that Santiago Nasar will be stabbed to death by the Vicario brothers. On the last page it happens. In between, he mesmerizes us with the story of why Nasar must die – a murder in which the whole town is implicated.
Read about another entry on the list.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is on Panayiota Kuvetakis's top ten list of wild parties in literature and Dan Rhodes's top ten list of short books.

--Marshal Zeringue