We all have our favorite authors. The Do-No-Wrong gang whose books we'll always buy, check that, whose books we'll pre-order on the first possible day. And somewhere in your personal Do-No-Wrong gang of scribes are bound to be some authors who are not all that well-known to the rest of the reading hordes.
Now that's who I'm after: Five authors who you believe are an unfairly guarded secret. The ones that if you could, you would make everyone read at least once. The ones for whom you scarcely, if ever, see a review or even simple praise. More than names, I want one title to go with that name, the one title that if I only ever read one book by that author, it should be that book. Five authors, one title each, got it?
Oh, wait. One more condition. No matter how the author is usually (if ever) marketed or branded, the books you select must be works of crime fiction. I'll leave it to your discretion to determine whether your choices meet that criterion.
Everyone is eligible to enter, but please enter one time only.
In return, if you have posted your High Five in the comments by 8 am EST on Wednesday, September 8, your name will be entered into a random drawing. The person whose name is drawn will get a free book of his own choosing, with a value up to $25. (Well, let's be reasonable - I'm not springing for a 1st edition, signed copy of a Raymond Chandler title for anyone but me. And not for me either.) And I will also purchase for myself one title from the winner's list. I consider this a win-win contest.
Want to convert me into a fan of your unknown favorites? Then get ready - set - GO!