23 December 2007

Mysteries: Help

Phone conversation today went like this:

Me: What can I get D for Christmas?
L: He's been reading a lot recently.
Me: READING?! Something other than the sports page?
L: Mysteries. Murder Mysteries. Thrillers. Political intrigue.
Me: You mean I should buy him books???
L: Or a gift card to the bookstore. He said recently I didn't have anything interesting to read. I told him it might be a novel idea if he bought some books for himself.

Thus started a holiday shopping trip in which I went searching in the last place I expected for a gift for my older brother.

I don't read murder mysteries. I haven't a clue what to buy. He's read everything by John Grisham and David Baldacci. Recently enjoyed Acts of Treason by Vince Flynn. I was totally perplexed at the store. This isn't my category.

Mystery and thriller fans: Any suggestions?

Maybe it was easier when I could pick him up anything at the Golf Superstore


(un)relaxeddad said...

It's a bit late but (for future reference?) Sara Paretsky? Or Leonardo Padura's Havana sequence? Or Robert Parker's Spencer novels? (the last are minor miracles of economy)

Cam said...

Parker's Spencer novels is a great suggestion! Wish I had thought of that!

Emily Barton said...

Well, I'm way too late for this Xmas, but like (un)relaxeddad can provide some for the future: Ross MacDonald (if you can find him. I think someone's been reprinting his books in new editions), Linda Fairstein, Harlan Coben, Jonathan Kellerman, Tony Hillerman, and Ed McBain.