Barry Forshaw writes: after last night’s epic Phil Williams’ Books Programme on BBC Radio 5  with my colleague from The Independent, the estimable Katy Guest, I’ve been asked (by the crime writers who melted away at 12.45 – the lightweights) to list my complete Best Crime of the Year for 2018. I tried to make  a  slightly different selection from those I’d already mentioned in newspaper lists… not difficult, as there were so many exemplary crime novels in 2018  (Phil Williams has circulated a joint list of all our choices). The list:

London Rules by Mick Herron

Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh

Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott

Our Friends in Berlin by Anthony Quinn

The Listeners by Antony J Quinn

The Syndicate by Guy Bolton

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Lullaby by Leila Slimani

The Listeners by Anthony J Quinn

Breathe by Dominick Donald Firefly by Henry Porter

plus… The 39 Steps by John Buchan








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