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Old 05-15-2011, 02:26 PM
Location: Memphis
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I am looking for some crime/mystery books that are not set in the same boring locations like NYC, LA, DC, etc. Any ideas for books that are set in cities in the south? Atlanta, Miami, Memphis, any of the Texas cities? How about cities in the Midwest like STL, KC, Cleveland, Detroit, Twin cities, Chicago? What about Baltimore, or anywhere in upper New England? Maybe Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Seattle? Any ideas would be appreciated, just tired of the same old things. I love NYC and LA and DC, just looking for something new. Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:05 PM
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John Sandford's Prey books are set in Minneapolis. Tony Hillerman's books are set around the Navajo Nation.

Scandinavian crime writers are pretty hot these days...I haven't read enough to recommend specifically but have heard good things about Henning Mankell & Arnaldur Indridason (Swedish & Icelandic, respectively)...not a Stieg Larsson fan myself but he's certainly popular.

Or you could read some British authors like Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters, etc.
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:38 AM
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Stephen White's Alan Gregory series are set in Boulder, CO and are excellent mysteries. Alan in a psychologist and his best friend, Sam, is a cop. The first book in the series is Privileged Information, 18 books so far.

Also, the Perri O'Shaugnessy books about Nina Reilly, a lawyer based in Lake Tahoe are good, although you sometimes want to strangle Nina for her choices! First book is Motion To Suppress, 13 books so far.

I'd also recommend CJ Box for his Joe Pickett (game warden) books set in Wyoming and a couple of his stand-alones.

Oh, and the excellent Kathryn Dance series (only 2 so far) by Jeffery Deaver. She is a kinesics (body language) expert working for the California Bureau of Investigation in the Monterey Bay area.

Set in Seattle are the Lou Boldt (homicide detective)/Daphne Matthews (psychologist) novels by Ridley Pearson. Good series.

Laura Lippman writes mysteries set in Baltimore.

I hope I help you discover some new favorite authors.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:24 AM
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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JA Jance has books that are set in Arizona also some in Seatle.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:08 AM
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I'll second the "Prey" series by John Sandford. The first is "Rules of Prey". Good, good, good.
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:16 PM
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There are 2 series by Charlaine Harris, the Lily Bard books set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, and the Grave books (a newer series) that take place pretty much all over. And there are the Karp family series by Robert K Tanenbaum, which while based in NYC, also takes place in many other locales. Quite a few of Andrew Vachhs' books take place both in other places and parts of NYC that are decidedly not the same old thing.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:35 PM
Location: in a pond with the other human scum
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Daniel Woodrell's Ozark noir novels are astonishing-- a lot of people think he's the best crime writer in America. "Winter's Bone" was only incidentally a crime novel (lots of criminals in it) and more a story of Ree Dolly's quest to find her father, but he wrote the novel that was made into that terrific movie.

I've always been a fan of James Crumley, who died recently. He was probably one of the few hard-boiled writers who also got an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, but despite that, he was great, especially the early novels ("Last Good Kiss," "The Wrong Case"). And of course, James Lee Burke, who created a whole universe in sough Louisiana for Dave Robicheaux.

So many other good Texas-based crime writers-- Jay Brandon, who mostly writes legal thrillers set in San Antonio; Rick Riordan, who writes kinda conventional PI novels also set in San Antonio; Joe Lansdale, who has some crazy characters in East Texas; David Lindsey, who kind of dropped off the radar, but did several nice police procedurals (his detective was independently wealthy) in Houston.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:44 PM
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What about "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larsen?

The true crime story of a mass murderer during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. A wonderful look at Chicago and the world during this era and a griping crime story.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:50 PM
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Love James lee Burke - I'm from New Orleans and his scenes are authentic.
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:23 AM
Location: Belgium
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt is set in Vermont if I'm not mistaken. Wonderful novel for sure.
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