Thursday, March 12, 2009

Roger Smith's top 10 crime novels

Roger Smith is an accomplished screenwriter, director, and producer. His new novel is Mixed Blood.

Read two chapters of the book, watch a video, and see photographs of the world of Mixed Blood at Roger Smith's website.

The Page 69 Test: Mixed Blood.

At the South African crime writing blog Crime Beat, he named his top ten crime novels.

One book to make the grade:
Glitz, Elmore Leonard

This is when Elmore Leonard really hit his stride, doing what he does best: a multi-viewpoint narrative that moves like hell. Great dialogue (of course), a tough-but-vulnerable hero, a sick and nasty villain, with a good-looking woman thrown in. Is there anybody out there who wouldn’t kill to be able to write as effortlessly as this?
Read about the other nine titles on Smith's list.

--Marshal Zeringue