Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ten top literary detective novels

One entry on Christopher Charles's list of the top ten literary detective novels, as shared at The Strand Magazine:
The Pledge, Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt

The body of this novel takes the form of a story narrated by a retired detective to an author of crime fiction. The detective’s goal is to demonstrate how far-fetched most crime novels are. Setting aside the meta-commentary on the genre, the story itself is a compelling account of a detective whose obsession with a case leads him into increasingly murky moral terrain. The spare, straightforward prose contrasts nicely with the narrator’s spiraling mental state (the Joel Agee translation is excellent).
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue