From P.D. James' Adam Dalgliesh to James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux, these detectives are complex characters solving crime while dealing with their own inner demons.

James Lee Burke

Creator of Dave Robicheaux series set in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana.

Chelsea Cain

Detective Archie Sheridan and gorgeous psychopath Gretchen Lowell tangle in a thrilling series.

Mo Hayder

The British creator of DI Jack Caffery, whose job it is to unravel crime scenes which shock and surprise.

Quintin Jardine

Creator of 'Britain's toughest cop', senior Edinburgh policeman Bob Skinner, and Oz Blackstone, Scottish private detective turned Hollywood actor. Two thrilling series that intertwine as Blackstone occasionally plays Skinner in fictional adaptations.

P.D. James

The doyen of English crime, most famous for a series of detective novels starring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh.

Donna Leon

American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Elmore Leonard

Specialist crime fiction and suspense thriller author of many novels adapted for the big screen. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown.

Barbara Nadel

Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman who feature in one of Nadel's mystery series are on the Istanbul police force. Solving strange crimes seems to be their normal routine.

Louise Penny

Join the charming Armand Gamache and his second in command Jean Guy Beauvoir as they solve crime in Quebec, more often than not in the quaint village of Three Pines.

Ian Rankin

Best known for his Inspector Rebus series, which are major contributors to the Tartan Noir genre.

Ruth Rendell

Considered by many to the be the reigning queen of crime fiction, creator of the acclaimed Inspector Wexford series.

J. D. Robb

Author of the futuristic In Death series, featuring New York Detective Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke, set in a mid-21st century New York City.


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