The Creme de la Creme of Crime Writing

April 21, 2008 at 2:09 am (books, Magazines and newspapers, Mystery fiction)

In February, a feature entitled “50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die” appeared in the Telegraph, a British newspaper. Not to be outdone, the Times of London announced “The Fifty Greatest Crime Writers” in this past Friday’s edition. The Times article is greatly enriched with essays about the writers and links to other articles and in several cases, audio clips and videos.

Lists like these are of interest as much for their exclusions as for their inclusions. For instance, P.D. James made the Times list, but not the one in the Telegraph. I also encountered several names that were new to me – including one mentioned in the Telegraph piece, Dan Kavanagh. This turned out to be the crime writing pseudonym, employed in the 1980’s, by a writer I very much admire: Julian Barnes. (Shades of John Banville/Benjamin Black!)

And then, of course, there are a number of the “usual suspects” appearing in both lists:

Now: Can you identify this gallery of rogue creators?? (Sorry – I simply couldn’t resist doing this!) To find the answers, click on the “Comments” section below.


  1. Roberta Rood said,

    Answers to the picture quiz:

    Top row, left to right: Ed McBain, Patricia Highsmith, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ruth Rendell

    Bottom row, left to right: Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy L. Sayers,
    Elmore Leonard

  2. BooksPlease said,

    I like your picture quiz. I haven’t seen a photo of Ed McBain before – I read a lot of his books when I was younger – thanks for the reminder. I don’t know of Elmore Leonard.

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