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10 Crime Books You Have to Read Before You Die

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International best sellers John Connolly  and Declan Hughes  first presented versions of this list at the Dalkey Book Festival back in June 2011, then at the world mystery convention, Bouchercon in San Francisco. It went on to develop into Books to Die For, an Edgar nominated anthology put together by John and Irish crime writer and journalist Declan Burke.

It is essential reading for all aspiring crime and mystery writers, detailing crime greats such as Dashiell Hammett, James Lee Burke, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Patricia Highsmith and George V. Higgins – but of course leaves out two that no self respecting crime writer should miss – Hughes and Connolly themselves.

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