Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville each got a mention, and Ken Bruen featured in the list twice.
Their entries went like this:
The Guards by Ken Bruen – This was the gateway book for most fans of Bruen’s work and introduced us to this original voice, great character and unique stylist.
American Skin by Ken Bruen – American Skin is Bruen’s masterpiece.
Fifty Grand by Adrian McKinty – This book, along with Safer by Sean Doolittle, represents what commercial, popular fiction SHOULD be.
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville – Simply put, this is a great novel that will change you.
Some high praise indeed. And who’s to say what might be added to Lindenmuth’s favourites from this neck of the woods in 2010? I don’t think this surge in Irish crime fiction is going to die out any time soon.
Check out the rest of Brian Lindenmuth’s article for a year’s worth of highly recommended reading. As Allan Guthrie said on Twitter, “Brian recommends, I read.”