BOOK POSTMORTEM is about examining the CRIME SCENE left in grime of the Mean Streets and dark alleys by the more skillful of perpetrators; authors who keep us genre addicts glued to the pages.
His Fiona Griffiths series, of which there are six now, (The Deepest Grave just released by Orion) is for me the lead in the field. All a matter of taste, of course, but Fiona is very special.
Sadly, his wonderful character, Lizbet Salander, and her trilogy, is the end of his contribution, except for whatever he may have left to us after his passing, if the legal folk can sort out who owns what.
Stand-alones, or the Joe O’Loughlin series; this is a seriously gripping and extremely readable story teller. His characters are warmblooded and real, his plots plausible and his heroes all too human.
Incredibly prolific, he has given us a library full of exciting tales with very rare duffs. There is something about his old-fashioned clear cut definition of right and wrong which appeals to me. With only a slight nod to more modern moral flexibility by his co-author son, Felix Francis, the Francis team continues to delight.
Nothing needs to be added by me to what has already been said in praise of this absolute master of the genre. Morse and Lewis are immortal.
He has a sense and appreciation of the countryside and the outdoors that I love, to go with his warm style of writing and his honest earthy protagonist, ranger Joe Pickett.
As counter to the goody-two-shoes heroes of Dick Francis and C.J. Box, Kernick’s characters are a lot more ruthless and way over the morality plumbline, but he writes some excellent pulse racing stuff.
This man is the king of twist, although rarely sacrificing credibility.
He is not the only Scandinavian author I enjoy, but I have read enough to like his consistency in a good gripping twisting tale.
I have had the honour of reviewing three of this hugely promising author’s unusual Mr Finn series, and for my money, he is going from strength to strength.
How can you really have only a list of ten? Of course you can’t, and our tastes all differ. To name a few, and not especially in this order, I also really like Belinda Bauer, Jake Needham, Peter May, Karen Slaughter, Ali Land, Emilie Schepp, Lin Anderson, Greg Isles, Maynard Sims, Henning Mankell, Roger Hobbs, Terry Hayes…
I would appreciate comments on YOUR top ten. Please comment!