Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: 20 of Your Favorite New York City Crime Stories!

Vanessa Diaz

Managing Editor

Vanessa is a writer, reader and generally bookish Latina from San Diego. If loving Agatha Christie is wrong, she doesn't want to be right. Vanessa’s penchant for books, travel and tea is rivaled only by her serious addictions to milk, avocado and floral lattes. When not reading books or selling them, she can be found blogging, working on her first novel or cozying up at a library.

Size Zero by Abigail Mangin

Condom dresses and space helmets have debuted on fashion runways. A dead body becomes the trend when a coat made of human skin saunters down fashion’s biggest stage. The body is identified as Annabelle Leigh, the teenager who famously disappeared over a decade ago from her boyfriend’s New York City mansion. This new evidence casts suspicion back on the former boyfriend, Cecil LeClaire. Now a monk, he is forced to return to his dark and absurd childhood home to clear his name. He teams up with Ava Germaine, a renegade ex-model. And together, they investigate the depraved and lawless modeling industry behind Cecil’s family fortune.

There’s just something about New York City. That concrete jungle where dreams are made of (sing it!) is more than a city: it’s a lifestyle, a culture, a whole entire vibe. With its hustle, bustle, bright lights and busy streets, it’s no wonder the Big Apple is so often the backdrop for thrilling crime fiction that keep us on the edge of our seats. That’s why we asked you for your favorite crime stories set in NYC! You gave us everything from hardboiled detective novels and crime classics to YA mysteries and historical thrillers. Now it’s time to share these 20 titles with our Riot readers! We’ll just be over here getting into a New York state of mind.

The 87th Precinct Series by Ed McBain

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker

The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

If I Should Die by Grace F. Edwards

The In Death Series by J.D. Robb

The Kinky Friedman Series by Kinky Friedman

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

Lush Life by Richard Price

Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America edited by Mary Higgins Clark

The Matthew Scudder novels by Lawrence Block

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

The Nero Wolfe Series by Rex Stout

Of Blood and Sorrow by Valerie Wilson Wesley

The Pendergast Series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Terry Orr Series by Jim Fusilli

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (out September 2020!)