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Steve's Favorite Writers

This is changing all the time, and I know I'll leave people out, but I need a good story with richly-realized characters and an interesting voice.

I read some people just for the sheer magic of their words. Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is illogical and unbelievable with outrageous characters, but the language is the most amazing I've read in years.

Some, like Don Winslow or Chuck Palahniuk, can take you places you never thought you'd go in your wildest dreams, and show you how going over the top with a character can really strengthen your work.

This list is constantly changing as someone points me toward a new writer I should have discovered long ago.

Anyway, here are a lot of the people I read, in no particular order:

Laura Lippman
S.J. Rozan
Dennis Lehane
Karin Slaughter
Tana French
Don Winslow
Thomas Perry
Jennifer Crusie
Joe Hill
Lynne Heitman
Linda Barnes
Kate Atkinson
Sherman Alexie
Robert Crais
Loren Estleman
Tess Gerritsen
Chris Knopf
Elmore Leonard

John Hart
Jody Picoult
Daniel Woodrell
Carol O'Connell
Carl Hiaasen
Tim O'Brien
James Crumley
Gillian Flynn
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Lisa Scottoline
Chuck Palahniuk
Lawrence Block
Donald Westlake
Denis Johnson
Pat Conroy
Phillip Pullman
Michael Chabon
Mo Hayder

 

Steve with Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane with Steve at the 2013 Edgar Awards banquet

The 2013 Edgar short story nominees, left to right: Teresa Solana, Steve Liskow, and Karin Slaughter. Photo by Steve Speliotis.