Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: What Are Your Favorite New York City Crime Stories?

Vanessa Diaz

Managing Editor

Book Riot Managing Editor Vanessa Diaz is a writer and former bookseller from San Diego, CA whose Spanish is even faster than her English. When not reading or writing, she enjoys dreaming up travel itineraries and drinking entirely too much tea. She is a regular co-host on the All the Books podcast who especially loves mysteries, gothic lit, mythology/folklore, and all things witchy. Vanessa can be found on Instagram at @BuenosDiazSD or taking pictures of pretty trees in Portland, OR, where she now resides.

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. So tell us: what are your favorite crime stories set in New York City? Come shout them at us on Facebook and Twitter, then we’ll round up your answers and be back next week to share a roundup with your fellow Riot readers. We’ll just be over here getting into a New York state of mind.