John Shannon: "Read it and see if you can put it down."

Mystery MonthJohn Shannon (photo by John Lucas)John Shannon‘s Jack Liffey series has maintained a consistently high standard and has been consistently well reviewed by Booklist. The most recent installment, A Little Too Much, received a starred review and an affirmation from Bill Ott that Liffey’s doggedness is one of the series’ best traits: “It is, in fact, the virtue of this entire series, which tells the ongoing, ever-bittersweet story of a man, too smart for abstract idealism, who can’t help but try to fix the next seemingly unfixable problem in front of him.” When we asked Shannon to share the best crime novel he’s read in the last year, he was only too happy to oblige.

Do They Know I'm Running? by David CorbettBy far the best noir novel I read last year was David Corbett’s Do They Know I’m Running?maybe the best I’ve read ever. (Disclaimer: David and I once shared drinks in a bar.) Corbett has a way with dark characters, terrifying settings, and hair-trigger dick-waving contests between macho wannabes that’s reminiscent of the early Robert Stone, and even Graham Greene. His dialogue, his command of slang and his inside knowledge of things that none of us could know embellish the superb storytelling. Add in his fiery insistence on writing about social justice, and I don’t know how the book could get any better. Every page of my copy is covered with notations for details I want to steal for my own books. Read it and see if you can put it down.

Stay tuned for more recommendations all month long—and feel free to share your own, either in the comments or on Twitter (#mysterymonth)!

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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