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message 1: by T (new)

T | 2 comments I've started to get an itch for a hard edge, modern detective story with a protagonist of questionable means. What would you recommend? What's the latest hard edge detective stories out? Thanks for your help.

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Dharmakirti | 11 comments I highly recommend Disciple of the Dog by R. Scott Bakker.

Disciple "Dis" Manning is a pot-smoking, womanizing, ultra cynical PI who suffers from hyperthymesia aka hyperthymestic syndrome. He can't forget. Anything. Ever.

Dis is hired by the Bonjour's to find their daughter Jennifer who has gone missing from a doomsday cult she joined called the Framers. The Framers believe that the world is 5 billion years older than we think it is and is about to be engulfed by the sun.

Dis travels to a dying rust belt town in PA to investigate the Framers where he is joined by a reporter who thinks the case will make for a great story. During the course of the investigation, Dis engages in some pretty awesome dialogue with the cult leader, finds a severed body part and comes into contact with local neo-nazis.

BTW: The Dog in the title is a reference to the Greek cynic Diogenes.

message 3: by T (new)

T | 2 comments Sounds interesting. I'll check it out.

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Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman (mohammedaosman) Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen


message 5: by Dharmakirti (last edited Jun 13, 2012 11:50AM) (new)

Dharmakirti | 11 comments Here is an excpert from a very good dialogue between R. Scott Bakker and James Sallis talking about crime genre and a little about the novel. Taken from http://www.mulhollandbooks.com/2010/1...

Scott Bakker: If most fishermen become fatalists because of the caprice of the seas, then all private detectives become cynics because of the caprice of human nature. (As a cop once told me, the problem wasn’t that he had seen it all, it was that he had seen too much. It got to the point where he saw scams no matter where he went.)

This voice just popped into my head, this über-cool persona, who took my deepening cynicism regarding the lies, big and small, which all humans use to make sense of their lives, and turned them into a strange way of life. Disciple Manning was born.

I had no choice but to write crime fiction then.

...If anything, Disciple is the Eternal Insider. The Perennial Whistleblower. As he puts it, he’s “the archivist of our lesser selves,” the self that our cherry-picking brain continually edits out of the picture. The weak self. The shameful self. The self behind the hand we hold before our faces when we weep. The self that continually murders fact and memory in the name of convenience and hypocrisy.

For him the world is a crime scene, and he is the primary suspect. You could say that our hunger for moral resolution—for the outsider to ride into town and set things aright—is not all that different from our appetite for murder. In both cases, there’s a disconnect between what we desire and the way of the world. In both cases, certain people need to die. Without the benefit of moral certainty, who’s to say who’s the murderer and who’s the hero? For Disciple, whose memory makes it impossible for him to cobble together the flattering—and false—self-portrait our brains manufacture for us, there is no way to solve crimes without committing them.

message 6: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Bird (nigelbird) | 38 comments Here's one that's modern, off-the-wall and original (at least within my reading experience).

It's called Dead Harvest and it's by the excellent Chris Holm.

The book crosses genres, but at it's heart there's a hard-boiled detective feel to it. The main character is a soul collector who is put up to the collection of a soul that's not ready for taking. He's out on a limb as he tries to find out what's actually going on.

In the meantime, he's able to swap bodies, as are some of the other characters in the book.

It sounds unusual and wouldn't normally be within my range at all. The fact that the author is such a talent and that the cover of the book is superb (an old classic look to it) meant I was prepared to give it a chance and I'm really glad I did.

Even if it doesn't sound like your cup of tea, maybe take a look at the kindle sample to get a feel for the way it's written.


message 7: by Jvandersteen (new)

Jvandersteen | 2 comments My blog http://sonsofspade.blogspot.nl/ is full of examples of just the kind of fiction you're looking for.
And of course, you could take a loot at my Noah Milano series featuring the son of a mobster trying to get by as a security specialist, always in conflict with his dark past. The newest tale in the series can be found on my blog under LATEST WORK FOR SALE.

message 8: by Tom (new)

Tom Vater (goodreadscomtom_vater) | 12 comments How about Eye of the Beholder by Mark Behm? Excellent, dark detective story about a PI who witnesses a woman murdering a man he is meant to be looking for. Instead of stopping her, he follows the woman, from one murder to another, for the next three decades!
Jim Thompson generally has the most questionable protagonists in Noir fiction, try The Killer Inside Me and Pop 1280, both books aree driven by psychotic evil cops.
Also check out Massimo Carlotto's Death's Dark Abyss, a bleak crime tale from Italy in which almost every character is questionable.

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