Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: 21 of Your Favorite Recent Works of Crime Fiction

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.

Crime fiction as a genre was first defined in the 19th century; The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe was published in 1841, and that locked-room mystery is now considered one of the first detective stories. From those early days to the Golden Age of crime, the rise of hardboiled American crime fiction, and beyond, readers have kept up faithfully with beloved sleuths like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Philip Marlowe. Today a new class of crime solvers has joined the ranks of crime favorites, a class that includes Joe Ide’s IQ, Attica Locke’s Darren Matthews, and Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad.

With so much excellent—and thankfully, if slowly, more diverse—crime fiction to choose from, we were curious to know which works have kept our readers turning those pages. We asked you to share the best recent crime fiction you’d read lately, and now we have quite the reading list!

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Broken by Don Winslow

The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

Hollywood Ending by Kellye Garrett

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

IQ by Joe Ide

The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Once You Go This Far by Kristin Lepionka

The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Saenz

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Vera Kelly is Not A Mystery by Rosalie Knecht

What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka

The Witch Elm by Tana French

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha