2018 on Goodreads by Various
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My overall number of books read was down again this year. (Thanks, Netflix!) However, what I lacked in quantity I made up for in quality because it was a fantastic year for crime fiction. Here's the best of those in the order I read them.
Old Black Magic by Ace Atkins
The Lonely Witness by William Boyle
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
The Upper Hand by Johnny Shaw
The Sinners by Ace Atkins
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
Some Die Nameless by Wallace Stroby
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos
Holy Ghost by John Sandford
Fatal Blow by James Thane
November Road by Lou Berney
In addition to great crime fiction I also read one of the best and most bittersweet true crime books imaginable. Michelle McNamara died before finishing this and without knowing who the Golden State Killer was. However, she predicted exactly how he'd be identified and arrested just months after the book was published. That should help anyone who reads this sleep better at night.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The trend of fantastic crime fiction continued into my comic book reading, and it's no surprise that it was Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips delivering another top notch installment in their Criminal series as well as wrapping up the Kill or be Killed story.
Criminal Vol. 7: Wrong Time, Wrong Place
Kill or be Killed Vol. 3
Kill or be Killed Vol. 4
With all the great crime novels I didn't read much sci-fi this year, but this one was a winner. And now that I think about it also had some mystery elements to it. Bonus points for the best cover of the year, too.
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Hopefully, I'll read some more books that were as good as these in 2019.
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