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Sub-Genres of Detective


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    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Year: 2002
Genre: CyberpunkDetectiveHard SFHardboiled

    Bad Moon Rising by Ed Gorman

A hippie commune has invaded Black River Falls. While the majority of the townspeople believe that the bohemians have to right to stay--despite how bizarre some of their ways can seem--as always there is a minority that constantly accuses them of everything from criminal activities to Satanism.

Year: 2011
Genre: Detective

    Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

In the second Myron Bolitar novel from Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben, a young woman's tragic death spirals into a shattering drama of menace, secrets, and rage. Suddenly Myron is in over his head--and playing the most dangerous game of all.

Year: 1996
Genre: Detective

    Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard

These nine riveting tales of crime and (sometimes) punishment--including the title story starring U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, which was the basis for the smash hit TV series Justified--feature all the elements that have made the great Elmore Leonard great: superb writing, unforgettable characters, breathtaking twists, and the sharpest, coolest dialogue in the mystery-thriller genre.

Year: 2002
Genre: Crime FictionDetective

    Flynn by Gregory McDonald

Infusing elements of dark reality into this richly detailed, comical series, Mcdonald's first volume, Flynn, delves deeper into the curious character first introduced in the bestselling Fletch series--Francis Xavier Flynn.

Year: 1977
Genre: Detective

    Flynn's World by Gregory McDonald

As the day progresses, a curious collection of puzzling cases fall into Flynn's lap, each one stranger and more urgent than the last. As Flynn plunges into harm's way in pursuit of the truth, buried secrets and dark motives come to light as he races to solve each crime and bring these seemingly disconnected matters to a full and complete case closed.

Year: 2003
Genre: Detective

    Fools Rush In by Ed Gorman

In America's heartland, Sam seeks justice for a black college student who's found dead in a car trunk at the drive-in, while thousands gather in the nation's capital for the March on Washington with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Year: 2007
Genre: Detective

    Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

In this complete collection of more than 50 stories, ranging from short tales to novellas, Poirot faces violent murders, poisonings, kidnappings, and thefts--all solved with his characteristic panache. Only Agatha Christie could have devised cases worthy of Hercule Poirot's skill and "little gray cells."

Genre: Detective

    Lock in by John Scalzi

a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

Year: 2014
Genre: DetectiveScience Fiction

    One False Move by Harlan Coben

It's no secret that Harlan Coben's name is synonymous with unrelenting suspense. In this compelling fifth novel in his acclaimed Myron Bolitar series, the unforgettable sports agent agrees to protect basketball star Brenda Slaughter while trying to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

Year: 1997
Genre: Detective

    Play Dead by Harlan Coben

The worlds of celebrity and sports are brilliantly dissected and turned upside down in bestselling author Harlan Coben's debut thriller.

Year: 1990
Genre: Detective

    Raylan by Elmore Leonard

Leonard's Raylan shines a spotlight once again on the dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, this time in his familiar but not particularly cozy milieu of Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business.

Year: 2012
Genre: Crime FictionDetective

    Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I by Arthur Conan Doyle

Since his first appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle's classic hero--a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes's adventures in crime!

Genre: DetectiveMystery

    The Buck Passes Flynn by Gregory McDonald

Someone is looking to wreck the nation's economy, and they're spending plenty to do it. With every lead going nowhere, Flynn's most dizzying logic is put to the test.

Year: 1981
Genre: Detective

    The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom by Erle Stanley Gardner

Edward Garvin is a very successful businessman with a very unhappy ex-wife--who wants his money. So Garvin calls on lawyer Perry Mason to protect his company from her schemes, and ensure the divorce they'd gotten in Mexico is actually finalized.

Genre: Detective

    The Case of the Gilded Lily by Erle Stanley Gardner

Stewart Bedford is willing to cooperate with a blackmailer to protect his beloved wife. But when he wakes up in a daze to find the man shot dead with Bedford's gun and his blond escort missing, he'll need some help from defense lawyer Perry Mason . . .

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    The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister by Erle Stanley Gardner

Beautiful Sylvia Bain Atwood is overseeing her ailing father's estate while her sister serves as his caregiver. But their father's fortune has shadowy roots--and now one of his creditors is blackmailing the family. When the situation escalates to murder, defense lawyer Perry Mason will have his hands full.

Genre: Detective

    The Case of the Lazy Lover by Erle Stanley Gardner

Defense lawyer Perry Mason is surprised to receive two checks from a stranger named Lola Allred. And when he speaks with Lola's husband, he discovers the woman has run off with her daughter's boyfriend--who happens to be an important witness in a lawsuit. Soon Mason's caught up in a complicated case involving not only a missing witness but forgery and murder as well . . .

Genre: Detective

    The Case of the Lonely Heiress by Erle Stanley Gardner

Marilyn Marlow has inherited a good deal of money from her mother. But the money originated with another will--that of her mother's wealthy employer. Now his relatives are contesting the will, and it's Rose Keeling, the key witness to its signing, whose mind they will need to sway. When Rose is murdered, sleuthing lawyer Perry Mason must navigate a twisted case.

Genre: Detective

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes #2 Boxed Set by Arthur Conan Doyle

Conan Doyle's incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time. Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written.

Genre: Detective

    The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine, and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time.

Year: 1990
Genre: Alternate HistoryDetectiveSteampunk

    Ticket to Ride by Ed Gorman

For small-town, Iowa lawyer, Sam McCain, the year 1965 is not a sweet one. Still, McCain tries to enjoy himself during the town's Labor Day weekend party, reuniting with several old friends--until two of them are murdered for what seems to be a motive buried in the past...

Year: 2009
Genre: Detective


Selected Titles:


Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan TAKESHI KOVACS
Bad Moon Rising Ed Gorman SAM MCCAIN
Fire in the Hole Elmore Leonard
Flynn Gregory McDonald FLYNN
Flynn's World Gregory McDonald FLYNN
Fools Rush In Ed Gorman SAM MCCAIN
Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories Agatha Christie HERCULE POIROT
Lock in John Scalzi
Raylan Elmore Leonard
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I Arthur Conan Doyle
The Buck Passes Flynn Gregory McDonald FLYNN
The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom Erle Stanley Gardner PERRY MASON
The Case of the Gilded Lily Erle Stanley Gardner PERRY MASON
The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister Erle Stanley Gardner PERRY MASON
The Case of the Lazy Lover Erle Stanley Gardner PERRY MASON
The Case of the Lonely Heiress Erle Stanley Gardner PERRY MASON
The Complete Sherlock Holmes #2 Boxed Set Arthur Conan Doyle
The Difference Engine William Gibson
Ticket to Ride Ed Gorman SAM MCCAIN



Sub-Genres of Detective