I would just like to apologize to Richard Price and Tom Rob Smith for neglecting to add their wonderful books to my notable list for 2008. I’m not sure how I managed to forget Price’s Lush Life and Smith’s Child 44 when I was compiling the list, but it certainly has nothing to do with the authors or their novels. Lush Life is a fantastic novel about crime in New York City and the layers of human perception that affect how we view those crimes. Filled with great characters that breathe deep in the Manhattan night, slamming shut their windows to keep out the city. And Child 44 – reviewed at length here – is a pitch perfect crime novel set in the terrifying environs of Stalinist Russia. The tension is palpable throughout – not in the simple crime plotline, but in the dangerous task of fighting the morally-ambiguous State in an effort to reveal the truth.
Anyhow, they both deserved to make the list, I just dropped the ball a bit.