Thursday, March 02, 2023

Top ten criminal duos in fiction

Peter Swanson's novels include The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; Before She Knew Him, and Eight Perfect Murders.

[My Book, The Movie: The Kind Worth Killing; The Page 69 Test: The Kind Worth Killing; Writers Read: Peter Swanson (February 2015)]

His new novel is The Kind Worth Saving.

At the Guardian Swanson tagged ten favorite criminal duos in fiction, including:
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock (2011)

I read a lot of crime fiction, which means I also forget a lot of crime fiction. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget Carl and Sandy Henderson, the two serial killers that are part of the tapestry of dead-end lives in Pollock’s dazzling and disturbing 1950s-set debut novel. Carl is a photographer who uses his wife to lure men (mostly drifters and hitchhikers) to their doom along the road. He calls his victims “models”, posing them in horrifying tableaux before and after their deaths. It’s a symbiotic relationship in the worst possible way.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Devil All the Time is among Louisa Ermelino's five top books of adventure and lust and Lauren Passell's ten must-read books that take place in the Midwest.

--Marshal Zeringue