7 Great Detective Books To Read


By Alastair Brown - an author who writes crime thriller books featuring an unlicensed outlaw private eye named Joe Beck who embarks on raw elemental quests for justice. Books | Facebook | Twitter | Email Sign Up

You don't get much better than a thrilling detective book to keep you up reading late into the night, trying to guess who done it or what happened in the hopes you'll solve the case.

Whether you’re into reading about private investigators or cunning cops, there's sure to be a great detective book for you!

Here are a few I would recommend.

The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler

A hardboiled crime novel and the first book to feature the detective Philip Marlowe.

Los Angeles Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wheelchair-bound General Sternwood to discover who is blackmailing him. A broken, weary old man, Sternwood just wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. However, with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out. And that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

The Black Echo

By Michael Connelly

The first book the hugely-popular Harry Bosch series sees the nuanced, everyman detective investigates a seemingly routine drug death which his intuition tells him is something more sinister.

One of the most accomplished crime writers around, Connelly evokes an authentic world of hard slog policing in the darkly-glamorous underbelly of Los Angeles.

The Cuckoo's Calling

By J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

Storm Front

By Jim Butcher

In an 'everyday' world full of strange and magical things - most of them not playing well with humans  - enter Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard Private Investigator.

Harry's business as a private investigator has been quiet lately - so when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, he's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that can get a guy killed.

Killing Floor

By Lee Child

The first book in the wildly-successful Jack Reacher series about a drifting former military policeman who roams the United States takes odd jobs and investigating shady situations.

In Killing Floor, Reacher gets off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. He's the only stranger in town on the day where they've had their first homicide in thirty years. The cops arrest him and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. How will he get out of this one? And who really committed the homicide?

The Sign of the Four

By Arthur Conan Doyle

The second novel featuring legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The story is set in 1888, with a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the first Sherlock Holmes tale.

Army of One: Introducing Joe Beck

By Alastair Brown

The first book in the Joe Beck series. Ex-cop turned outlaw private eye, Joe Beck, is in McAllen, Texas, for the funeral of an old friend who, he heard, took his own life.

He bumps into a beautiful escort named Sapphire and makes plans to spend the night with her...that is, before they're abducted at gun point and bundled into the back of a black SUV by three men they've never seen before. Three men who know a whole lot more about Joe Beck's dead friend than they ought to.

If you read fiction and you like crime thrillers and mysteries, check out my Joe Beck thriller books. You might just find the next book series you'll become addicted to.

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