Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Smooth Criminals challenge

I'm late to this show.  But Ben @ Deadend Follies is sponsoring the Smooth Criminals Challenge.  Crime novels are my fave, so it makes no sense for me not to participate.

Here are my picks (subject to change on whim):

Hardboiled Classic :  Murder for the Bride by John D. MacDonald
Noir Classic: The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich
Prison Book: Papillon by Henri Charriere
Book by writer who did time: The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes
Book with psycopath protagonist: The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Gothic: The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hide (yes I know it's either a long short story or a novella, sue me...I've never read it.)
Classic where plot revolves around a crime: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (this is a re-read)
Why the hell am I doing this to myself book:  Ulysses by James Joyce (or Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevski)

I'm not sure if that last one is required to be a crime novel...if it is, I'll do C&P...If not, I'm on the fence.


  1. Happy to see you are joining this one! The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hide is awesome. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

  2. Brenna, I suspect I will enjoy it...I also suspect that my list is going to change often. I'm already considering changing my Hardboiled to The Thin Man by Hammett simply because I already own it.