Part 2 of my best of 2021 and #10 - 18 ...
220-odd books read and 18 crackers, this 9 gives...
10 authors, but Philip Elliott was on the first list as well
1 female, 9 male
7 US authors, 1 English, 2 Scottish co-authors
9 fiction books
4 new authors - Spencer Quinn, Michael Underwood, James Kestrel and Erin Flanagan
5 were series books.... Chet and Bernie from Spencer Quinn, Laidlaw from McIlvanney and Rankin, Sonny Burton from Larry D. Sweazy, an unnamed protagonist from Tony Knighton and Simon Manton from Michael Underwood
7 of the books were from 2021, 1 from 2009 and 1 from 1964
I have more on the TBR pile from McIlvanney, Rankin, Quinn, Sweazy, Kestrel, Knighton and Smith, albeit under different publishing names for two of them - Kestrel and Quinn - have books published under their own names
Philip Elliott - Porno Valley (2021)
William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin - The Dark Remains (2021)
If the truth's in the shadows, get out of the light . . .
Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he’s dead and it was no accident. Besides a distraught family and a heap of powerful friends, Carter’s left behind his share of enemies. So, who dealt the fatal blow?
DC Jack Laidlaw’s reputation precedes him. He’s not a team player, but he’s got a sixth sense for what’s happening on the streets. His boss chalks the violence up to the usual rivalries, but is it that simple? As two Glasgow gangs go to war, Laidlaw needs to find out who got Carter before the whole city explodes.
William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw books changed the face of crime fiction. When he died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case. Now, Ian Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. In The Dark Remains, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and Laidlaw’s relentless quest for truth.
Spencer Quinn - Dog On It (2009)
Larry D. Sweazy - Winter Seeks Out the Lonely (2021)"The law and circumstances never leave Sonny Burton alone for long. As the Great Depression lingers, a circus camps outside of Wellington, bringing with it suspicion and rumors of stolen cattle to feed the animals. The local Texas Ranger office is set to close, pushing Sonny's son, Jesse, out of a job. And Aldo Hernandez shows up on Sonny's doorstep asking for help. Aldo's cousin, Rafael, got into a fight and caused another man, Leo Dozier, to lose his spot in the CCC (Civilian Conversation Corps). Aldo thinks the sheriff is behind the trouble, and Sonny agrees to look into the situation-which thrusts him and Jesse into an investigation that exposes unknown corruption in his small town, and bigotry and hate that leads to a string of brutal murders. Edith Grantley has written Sonny several letters and has not received any answers. She is encouraged by one of her boarders to make the five-hundred-mile drive north to find out where she stands with Sonny after their brief relationship. On the way, Edith encounters a man set on terrorizing her for the entire journey. A cat and mouse game of survival ensues, and Edith is left to consider how much she really cares for Sonny, whether her feelings are worth pursuing, and if her life is worth risking her heart for. As Sonny and Edith reach out for each over the miles, they are both confronted by their fears, life and death situations, and an unforgiving world that seems intent on keeping them apart forever"
James Kestrel - Five Decembers (2021)
Tony Knighton - A Few Days Away (2021)
Anthony Neil Smith - The Butcher's Prayer (2021)
Erin Flanagan - Deer Season (2021)
Michael Underwood - The Crime of Colin Wise (1964)
Other cracking books from the same and previous years...