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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    I read all the Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Dracula by Bram Stoker, all those books where you dont learn nothing but still keep you engrossed.
    I found the one-volume Holmes by Conan Doyle in my father's library when I was probably about twelve, and was instantly fascinated. Since then I've read and collected all the Holmes books by various authors I could get my hands on, and seen all the films. (Basil Rathbone was physically perfect for the role, but his Holmes was always a little too nice and polite - the SH of the books was a bit less nice, and could be a bit of a nut at times; Jeremy Brett got it exactly right, I think.) A few months ago, a new Holmes play by Jeffrey Hatcher premiered here in Phoenix and I had to go see it. I'm not a frequent playgoer, but the subject matter was irresistible, and I was in no way disappointed.

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    Have you read any John Grishams books ? The firm was one of his best I thought
    No, I've seen several of the films based on his books - I really liked 'The Client' - but for some reason I've never picked up any of the books.
    "It is a foolish man who believes that he possesses all of the answers until he is absolutely certain that he has heard all of the questions."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    I read all the Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Dracula by Bram Stoker, all those books where you dont learn nothing but still keep you engrossed.

    Have you read any John Grishams books ? The firm was one of his best I thought

    Great writer. Believe i have read most of his books, but he has been writing so many for so long it is easy to get confused and miss one.

    Ford County is a wonderful collection of short stories. Kind of under the radar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets View Post
    Recent reads:

    Raymond Chandler- Lady In The Lake

    Rex Stout- The League Of Frightened Men

    Ed McBain- Cop Hater

    Colin Dexter- Last Bus To Woodstock
    My genre of choice is police mysteries. But for the last decade or so mostly all are the more modern writers.

    Michael Connelly
    John Sanders
    Wambaugh
    Lee Child
    CJ Box

    All good story tellers (and quite prolific /grin)

    Routinely inject some Michener, Crichton, Grissom, etc. for change of pace.

    Just finished Stephen King's Dark Tower a few days ago. Fascinating writer, but at just under 5000 pages it was a little much. Think i ended up investing about a year in that undertaking.



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    Joseph Wambaugh, The New Centurions, The Blue Knight and Choirboys all from the 70's were his best IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jim View Post
    Joseph Wambaugh, The New Centurions, The Blue Knight and Choirboys all from the 70's were his best IMO.
    Only read the Blue Knight. Still have to read the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets View Post
    Only read the Blue Knight. Still have to read the others.
    Believe i have read all of Wambaugh. Both the fiction and non-fiction. Don't ever recall reading a "clunker". All good stuff.

    Fire Lover was a fascinating non-fiction. Great underlying story and well written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    My genre of choice is police mysteries. But for the last decade or so mostly all are the more modern writers.

    Michael Connelly
    John Sanders
    Wambaugh
    Lee Child
    CJ Box
    No Ed McBain? When I think "police procedural", that's the name that pops into my head first and foremost.

    If you've seen the Reacher movies, you probably know that Lee Child has made a cameo appearance in both of them. In the first one, he played a police desk sergeant, and in the sequel he was a TSA agent.

    I had an 11"x14" print of this photo made, and got Child to sign it a few years ago. I asked him what he was thinking during the scene, and he said, "This is taking forever".

    "It is a foolish man who believes that he possesses all of the answers until he is absolutely certain that he has heard all of the questions."

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    Update:

    Finished Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter

    Starting The Mugger Ed McBain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standing Wolf View Post
    No Ed McBain? When I think "police procedural", that's the name that pops into my head first and foremost.

    If you've seen the Reacher movies, you probably know that Lee Child has made a cameo appearance in both of them. In the first one, he played a police desk sergeant, and in the sequel he was a TSA agent.

    I had an 11"x14" print of this photo made, and got Child to sign it a few years ago. I asked him what he was thinking during the scene, and he said, "This is taking forever".

    Was not familiar with Ed McBain. Just now ordered:

    Cop Hater
    The Mugger
    Con Man

    (am a sucker for hardcover and they tend to be dirt cheap with Prime on Amazon...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Was not familiar with Ed McBain. Just now ordered:

    Cop Hater
    The Mugger
    Con Man

    (am a sucker for hardcover and they tend to be dirt cheap with Prime on Amazon...)
    You must like to read series books in order - as those are three of the first four '87th Precinct' books. You will not be disappointed. And the best thing is, if you really get hooked on McBain's 87th Precinct, he wrote something like 55 of them, so you'll have plenty of them to read!
    "It is a foolish man who believes that he possesses all of the answers until he is absolutely certain that he has heard all of the questions."

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