The Best Literary Mysteries of 2023

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Welcome to the fifth annual addendum to my list of The 112 Best Literary Mysteries and Crime Novels. From nearly eighty mystery and crime novels, five* emerged as the best literary mysteries of 2023. These final rankings are based on curated lists from The New York Times, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads, and ratings … Read more

The Best Philosophical Novels of 2023

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Nearly seven years ago, I published my list of The 105 Best Philosophical Novels. To account for the great philosophical novels coming out each year, here is the latest addendum to my original list. Based on curated lists from The New York Times, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads, and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon, … Read more

The Best Dystopian Novels of 2023

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For the eighth year running, it’s time for the annual update to my list of The 110 Best Dystopian Novels. I started with over sixty contenders for the best dystopian novels of 2023 and eventually selected the top five* titles of the year. The final rankings are based on curated lists from Amazon, The Guardian, The New York Times, Publishers … Read more

Research Report: The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. In this report: The … Read more

Research Report: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. In this report: The … Read more

Research Report: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. In this report: Altered … Read more

Research Report: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. In this report: Farewell, … Read more

Research Report: Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. In this report: Gun, … Read more

Research Report: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. In this report: The … Read more

Research Report: Humankind by Rutger Bregman

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I am currently doing research for my next novel, the first installment in a private detective mystery series set in a near-future America where many laws allow citizens to file lawsuits against those who violate these statutes. In these research reports, I summarize what I’m reading and how that book helped me think about my project. First up: Humankind: A … Read more