Hello Fellow Dopers,
I’ll keep this post rather brief. I tend to read all types of novels, I particularly enjoy ‘metafiction’ and ‘postmodern’ fiction (the only thing ‘postmodern’ I like!), but in general I am looking for just good, contemporary (1960ish onward) literature.
I’ve recently developed an interest in detective fiction, it is not a completely new interest, but this time I can’t get enough. I’m currently obsessing over Japanese detective fiction, because I’m also interested in Japanese culture. In any case, I want to ask, which detective or police or general whodunnit novel would you recommend?
I only have a few qualifications: I’m not generally interested in books that make good materials for movies. I would like a complex or really thoughtful murder-mystery. It need not be ‘high’ art, but different from the typical ‘airport’ bookstore novels.
If it can be experimental, good. If it has lots of characters, great. More than anything I like them to be ambitious and just really smart. Last caveat, though, if possible I also like them to be relatively contemporary, that is, 60’s-70’s onward.
Finally, if there is just one that is SO darn good, that any of the above stipulations don’t prevent for a recommendation, I’ll take it too - but it has to be fantastic, not terribly predictable.
So - what do you recommend?
Random P.S: I keep trying to get people to read this FANATSTIC ‘postmodern’, or just ambitious novel, that I read recently, it’s not well known, sadly. It rivals the best of Pynchon or Wallace, maybe even better, I exaggerate not, I just wish this book would get people’s attention more. It’s called* Novel Explosives* by Jim Gauer, WOW, what a book.