Are you looking for the latest trends in crime literature? If you are a fan of crime fiction and looking for the latest books in this genre, look no further. We have compiled for you a comprehensive list of the best crime fiction produced this year. Today’s crime fiction is full of stand alone novels, with unreliable narrators and emphasis on psychological suspense. Some of these stand alone novels are of a high standard indeed. This is the reason you can find many of them in our list of crime novels of 2018. Crime is the best selling genre in today’s world. Nielsen Bookscan Data shows that the sale of crime novels has increased by 19% in two years, selling 18.7 million copies in 2017. Let us have a look at the most highly appreciated titles of 2018. What are the best offerings of 2018 in the field of crime fiction?
Down the River unto the Sea, by Walter Mosley
Mosley is the author of the highly acknowledged Easy Rawlins novels. He has introduced a new series of Joe King Oliver novels. The protagonist is a New York Police Department (NYPD) detective but he loses his position after he is accused of sexual misconduct. At present, he is out of jail and is making a living as a Private Investigator (PI). He follows the trail of his accuser who admits, off the record, to have falsely framed him. Mosley’s writing is powerful. The themes that have largely overshadowed his earlier novels are present in his present work as well: institutional racism and political corruption. In his novels, we see how these two intermingle to affect the lives of society at large as well as individuals. The novel is easily available on Amazon also you can grab the amazon coupons for books for the better discount on it.
Exit Strategy, by Steve Hamilton
Price- INR 594
The head honcho of Chicago crime has contrived to release Nick Mason from prison but now Mason has to become his pet assassin. The novel is about Mason’s attempt to release himself from such a state of affairs; in the novel, we learn about his ‘exit strategy’. The novel is intense from the start. It is a novel in which we find the protagonist searching for an option when none exist. Hamilton masterfully creates an alternating world of hope and despair, finally bringing them together to create a world of nightmare.
The Force, by Don Winslow
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Winslow is one of the rare writers who have written two of their greatest masterpieces consecutively. The Forcefollows his marvelous work, The Cartel,of 2015. Winslow’s writing style is marked by hard and fast realism and ardent humanity. This is an age marked by police brutality. In these times, Winslow examines the rights and wrongs done by our police force. It is a narrative that moves and forth in time. The protagonist, Denny Malore, is the chief officer of New York Police Department (NYPD). The narrative tracks how Malore’s attack on drugs began with a positive motive but later took an ugly turn. It is a novel with grand scope and execution.
Hellbent, by Gregg Hurwitz
This is the latest addition to the Evan Smoak series, and it might just be the best one yet. The one who erstwhile used to be Orphan X has now transformed himself into the Nowhere Man, after having broken off from the Orphan Program. His current mission is to exact retribution for the death of his erstwhile guide. But his mission becomes difficult to accomplish without risking the life of a woman he has saved from the danger of the Program. The narrative is fast paced, and Smoak reveals his emotional side to the greatest extent here. Smoak’s character is revealed in its full complexity in this novel. It has been described by the Daily Mail as the “masterpiece of suspense and thrills”.
Let Me Lie,by Clare Mackintosh
Price- INR 307
We learn that Anna Johnson’s parents committed suicide very soon after one another. But now the question is whether their deaths were suicides for real? We embark on the quest for the truth with Anna as she follows the trail of a letter sent anonymously. A retired detective is drawn into her journey but will the truth be finally revealed, even if it means stumbling upon some dirty family secret? Mackintosh has proven her mettle in writing thrillers in her three successful novels. The novel takes us through many twists and turns as we traverse through personal relationships and private issues.
The Lying Game,by Ruth Ware
Isa Wilde meets her two friends who have been distanced from each other for a long while. They all meet at a boarding school which had been their alma mater. The fourth member of their group still resides there in a millhouse that is falling to pieces. A corpse is found at an adjacent marsh and the fear is thatit will turn out to be the body of the art teacher who had vanished from sight in their final year. Once the entire group reunites, they are forced to face the horrendous truth they had been trying to escape, the truth of their unscrupulous game, the Lying Game. Ruth Ware masterfully combines the horrors of the classic gothic novel and the contemporary psychological thriller.
Sunburn,by Laura Lippman
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This novel is a loving commemoration of James M. Cain. It imitates some moods of the classic noirs of Cain. But it is not just an imitation. Lippman intelligently crafts the classic elements into a contemporary story. It is the story of a woman in a difficult spot in life who will do whatever it takes to set her life straight. The novel’s construction is such that you marvel at the suspense. The novelist conceals information from us and gives them away one by one, allowing us time to get the hang of them. This is one of the best Lippman novels you have ever come across.
The Switch,by Joseph Finder
In Finder’s novels, we find ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Michael Tanner is in a bon vivant coffee business. His life takes an interesting turn when he lifts up an incorrect laptop from the security checkpost. A U.S. is in urgent need of that laptop but Tanner guesses right that returning it will put his life in danger. The narrative shifts between the points of view of Tanner and the chief of the Senator’s staff. Every move made by one creates anxiety for the other. This book is a must read because of its splendid character detailing and never failing plot interest, and also because of cool trivias you can earn about coffee sourcing.
The Woman in the Window,by A. J. Finn
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This is a novel that owes something to Laura Lipmann’s novel Sunburn. This is because they bock th are based on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window. Although the idea of a man restricted to his house keeping a watch through his binoculars is borrowed from Hitchcock, Finn gives the idea a fresh turn. The protagonist, Anna Fox, is agoraphobic and she is not sure whether all that she sees is true or imaginary. The reader takes part in the mental turmoil that Anna goes through as he witnesses undertake the agonizing process of separating illusion from reality. This complex psychological thriller with a complicated protagonist makes Hitchcock’s plot seem simple because there the protagonist’s sanity is never under question. It is set to be adapted into a film version. Tracy Letts is already writing the screenplay for the same.
Y Is for Yesterday,by Sue Grafton
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Grafton’s untimely death left us without the final book of his alphabet series. But solace to her fans lies in the fact that what she intended as the penultimate book of the series turned out to be one of the very best of the lot. Here we have a blackmailer who seeks to make money put of a 10 year old scandalous series of events. The scandal involves high school students, a sex tape and theft of question papers. Kinsey Millhone is on her quest to follow the trail of this blackmailer, and, in the process, she stirs up wrath and vengeance. Kinsey is at her very best her, exhibiting all the qualities that made her the reader’s favorite- her self deprecating humor and her perfect blend of tender and tough.
Anatomy of a Scandal,by Sarah Vaughan
Price INR 410
Maybe you would also like to check out the debut novel of Vaughan. Kate Woodcroft knows that convicting MP James Woodhouse is going to take much efforts. But she is determined to accomplish the feat for reasons more than one. She too had suffered physical violation in the hands of this man in her student life at Oxford. Kate has transformed her appearance and changed her name. Unidentifiable by Woodhouse, she is determined to exact her revenge. Vaughan offers us a clear look inside political plots, and the relationship between privilege and justice.
The Driver,by Hart Hanson
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Hanson is the creator of the TV series Bones. His novel gives you a taste of classic 1970s TV shows like The Rockford Files. Michael Skellig is the title holder of the Oasis Limo Services. He rules the streets of Los Angeles; he is a twenty first century avatar of Philip Marlowe. Although it is Hanson’s first novel, he takes you aback with his stimulating dialogue and non stop adventurous action plot. It has created quite a ripple in the literary circles. If you are looking for an unputdownable book, this is it. It is a riveting story that is deftly told.