Monday, January 02, 2012

25 Crime Fiction Series

'gun' photo (c) 2004, Gideon Tsang - license: a companion to our big list of 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010, here is a list of crime series from authors like Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich, Gregory  Mcdonald, Ross Thomas, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, and more. Although there is some overlap with the other list, several of these series are not "mysteries" and/or do not star a "detective" (professional or amateur). In order of first publication:

01. CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett (1923)
02. PHILIP MARLOWE by Raymond Chandler (1939)
03. MIKE HAMMER by Mickey Spillane (1947)
04. PARKER by Richard Stark (1962)
05. MODESTY BLAISE by Peter O'Donnell (1965)
06. PHILIP ST. IVES by Oliver Bleeck (1969)
07. DORTMUNDER by Donald Westlake (1970)
08. HARRY CALLAHAN (Dirty Harry) by Dane Hartman (1971)
09. SPENSER by Robert B. Parker (1973)
10. NOLAN by Max Allan Collins (1973)
11. FLETCH by Gregory Mcdonald (1974)
12. MATTHEW SCUDDER by Lawrence Block (1976)
13. FLYNN by Gregory Mcdonald (1976)
14. QUARRY by Max Allan Collins (1976)
15. BERNIE RHODENBARR (Burglar) by Lawrence Block (1977)
16. ARTIE WU and QUINCY DURANT by Ross Thomas (1978)
17. CHILI PALMER by Elmore Leonard (1991)
18. U.S. MARSHAL RAYLAN GIVENS (Justified) by Elmore Leonard (1993)
19. STEPHANIE PLUM by Janet Evanovich (1994)
20. MYRON BOLITAR by Harlan Coben (1995)
21. U.S. MARSHAL KAREN SISCO (Out of Sight) by Elmore Leonard (1996)
22. JESSE STONE by Robert B. Parker (1997)
23. KELLER by Lawrence Block (1998)
24. SUNNY RANDALL by Robert B. Parker (1999)
25. U.S. MARSHAL CARL WEBSTER by Elmore Leonard (2005)

Related links:
Thrilling Detective
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

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