9 Great Crime Fiction 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 great gripping crime fiction novel that keeps you up reading late into the night. Whether you’re into detective cases, chilling serial killers, a fictional account based on real-life events, or an all-action hero who stops at nothing to solve a crime, there's sure to be a book for you!

Here are a few I would recommend.

Long Road to Mercy

By David Baldacci

It is thirty years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister, Mercy, was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while there’s no proof, Atlee believes she knows what happened to Mercy.

Now, Atlee is called in to investigate a case in the Grand Canyon when a mule is found dead with strange carvings on its body, and its rider missing. She knows about killers and perhaps understands them better than any profiler in the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that she will need to put her skills to the ultimate test in this investigation.

Dead If You Don't

By Peter James

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s big Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye of Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy is gone. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay

Cry Baby

By David Jackson

In Cry Baby, "I would do anything for my child" is put to the true test.

When Eric Vogel is attacked and left unconscious in her apartment, she wakes only to find that her six-month-old daughter has been abducted. She's offered a chance to get her back: but at an unthinkable price.

Cry Baby is the fourth novel in the Detective Callum Doyle series.


By Fiona Cummins

Featuring a serial killer that collects the bones of his victims, Rattle by Fiona Cummins is a thriller that will keep you page turning until the very end - and make you want to leave the light on.

The Collector has set his sights upon his next victims: two children named Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle: two different children but desirable for similar reasons.

Will the police find them before it’s too late?

The Axeman's Jazz

By Ray Celestin

A serial killer stalks New Orleans in 1919 and issues an ultimatum: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim.

As the fearful city complies with his demands, three individuals are set on unmasking the killer’s identity. The Axeman’s Jazz features gruesome murders, a mystery and is based on true events.

Little Deaths

By Emma Flint

Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths is the story of Ruth, a single mother of two who wakes up to find her kids missing and no clue what happened to them . . . until both turn up dead.

With all evidence pointing to Ruth and the town having made up its mind over her guilt, it’s a story of discovering what really happened and if this mother-of-two could really kill her own children.

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.

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, 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.

Killing Floor

By Lee Child

The first book in the wildly-successful Jack Reacher series, where the former military policeman gets off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.

Reacher is 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. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: they picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

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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