The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels:
Michael Connelly on The Little Sister . . .
Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs . . .
Mark Billingham on The Maltese Falcon . . .
Ian Rankin on I Was Dora Suarez . . .
With so many mystery novels to choose among, and so many new titles appearing each year, where should a reader start?
What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems?
In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world’s leading mystery writers have come together to
champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about the
authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, 119 authors from 20 countries have created a guide
that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan
Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For
brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the
genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every
reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought . . .
I want more!
“Why does the mystery novel enjoy such enduring appeal? There is no simple answer. It has a distinctive capacity for
subtle social commentary, a concern with the disparity between law and justice, and a passion for order, however
compromised. Even in the vision of the darkest of mystery writers, it provides us with a glimpse of the world as it
might be, a world in which good men and women do not stand idly by and allow the worst aspects of human nature to
triumph without opposition. It can touch upon all these facets while still entertaining the reader.”
—From the introduction of Books to Die For