Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Twelve crime novels set in Galveston

Paul French is a British author of books about modern Chinese history and contemporary Chinese society including Midnight in Peking and the 2018 release City of Devils.

At CrimeReads he tagged over a dozen crime novels set in Galveston and the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico. One title on the list:
[S]omething extra special and a personal favourite of mine – Nic Pizzolatto’s Galveston (2014). A perfectly formed and executed short noir from the creator of True Detective, with all the atmosphere and febrile tension you’d expect from the man behind that TV show. Roy Cady is by his own admission ‘a bad man’. With a snow flurry of cancer in his lungs and no one to live for, he’s a walking time-bomb of violence. He’s on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, a journey of seedy bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pick-up trucks. Read the book, soak up the Gulf Coast atmosphere and then watch the great movie they made from it too.
Read about another book on the list.

Galveston is among Jeff Somers's must-read noir detective novels and Attica Locke's five books on Texas.

The Page 69 Test: Galveston.

My Book, The Movie: Galveston.

--Marshal Zeringue