Favorite crime fiction of 2012

This is the first of my end-of-the-year favorites posts. Just to clarify, I read these books in 2012, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.

The Informationist by Taylor Stevens: “…Taylor Stevens has created her own emotionally damaged, kick-butt heroine and thrown her into the middle of a tangled web of a mystery, one in which the final strands aren’t separated until the page-turning final chapters.”

The Last Child by John Hart: “John Hart has crafted the perfect thriller. It has characters that will break your heart, a page-turning plot, a twist ending, and an atmospheric setting, along with brilliant writing.”

The Yard by Alex Grecian: “The Victorian era is one of my favorite historical settings, and I found the details of the founding of the Murder Squad to be fascinating….This book is a total page-turner, and would make perfect pool- or lake-side reading for the summer.”

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: “No…. wait! What? There’s no way…. Oh. My. Gosh.”

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke: “I’ve said this in reviews before, and I’ll say it again: I love it when an author can manage to make the setting of a novel as real as any of the characters. Locke has done this with Belle Vie; it is full of the ghosts of its horrific history, and it simply oozes with menacing atmosphere.”

Broken Harbor by Tana French: “This mystery kept me guessing until almost the very end, and once I reached the last hundred pages, I neglected packing and sleep in order to find out how everything turned out. If you haven’t read Tana French yet, what on earth are you waiting for?”

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25 Responses to Favorite crime fiction of 2012

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Totally agree, I loved The Informationist, Broken Harbor, Gone Girl and The Last Child (even though I should have read it because the audio narrator REALLY bothered me). This is not the first list that has contained The Cutting Season…I’m going to get my hands on it soon.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I didn’t mind the narrator of Last Child, but it wasn’t one I thought needs to be on audio. And I really think you’ll enjoy The Cutting Season.

  2. I love your favorite list posts. :-) I really need to get myself a copy of The Yard. Every time I see mention of that book I kick myself for not yet reading it. The Last Child was one of my favorites when I read it a few years ago. John Hart did such a good job with his characterizations.
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  3. MoniqueReads
    Twitter: MoniqueReads

    Love the list. I have only heard of two of these Gone Girl and The Cutting Season. I am going to bookmark this post for future reference. I don’t read enough crime fiction.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Monique – I read a lot more crime fiction this year than I have in the past few, and I really enjoyed it.

  4. Kathleen says:

    I’ve not read any of these yet but have several on my shelves waiting for me. I love crime fiction and will add the others to my list.
    Kathleen´s last post ..Glad it is Over!

  5. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I love all these “best of” lists but also feel like I’m so behind when I see them. I haven’t read a single one of these books.
    bermudaonion(Kathy)´s last post ..Wondrous Words Wednesday

  6. Robin of My Two Blessings
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    Love your list. I have the Last Child and Cutting Season in my tbr pile. Moving them up to read them soon.
    Robin of My Two Blessings´s last post ..The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson

  7. Michelle says:

    I love your response to Gone Girl. Mine was a little more R-rated than yours but similar reactions. And you reminded me again that I need to get back to Tana French. I will make it happen in 2013!

  8. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    I’m not too big on crime fiction but I feel I should add The Cutting Season & Broken Harbor to my list!
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  9. Beth Hoffman says:

    I look forward to your favorite lists and have just added two of your recommendations to my “must buy” list. Thanks, Carrie. Happy holidays to you and yours!

  10. Kailana says:

    I really want to read Taylor Stevens and haven’t yet.. Slacker me!
    Kailana´s last post ..Saturday Snapshot – December 22, 2012

  11. Well I read Gone Girl! I really need to get around to reading Tana French, don’t I??
    Amy @ My Friend Amy´s last post ..Can Anything Good Come from Bad “Art”?

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  13. stacybuckeye says:

    The only one I’ve read is The Informationist and I loved it!
    stacybuckeye´s last post ..2012 in review

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