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  • Jun 4, 2010
James Lee Burke.
James Lee Burke is one of the best story tellers around. He is one of only three authors who have won the Edgar Award for best mystery novel of the year, more than once. His descriptive passages are the best. i.e. from "Heaven's Prisoners" "...the sky had been streaked with red at dawn, and I knew...afternoon thunderheads would roll out of the south, the temperature would suddenly drop twenty degrees, as though all the air had suddenly been sucked out from under an enormous dark bowl, and the blackened sky would tremble with trees of lightening." Amazing talent.
John Connolly
John Connolly always tells an excellent story. His books keep me up at night and he brings the spirit world into his mysteries so well that I find myself looking behind the door when I go up to my room at night.
Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly is a master at the mystery novel. His plots are woven with a genius touch and are very visual. Who could read "Blood Work" and not imagine Clint Eastwood giving life to the novel's words?
Stephen Hunter
Hunter's main protagonists are true heroes. I always feel good after reading one of his stories and am comforted to know these good men existed, if only in the author's imagination. Bob Lee Swagger ranks with Lee Child's Jack Reacher as two of the best characters in the mystery field.
John Steinbeck
What a class writer. Steinbeck is a legend and "The Grapes of Wrath" besides winning a Pulitzer Prize, is one of the great classics in American literature.
Stephen King
With "The Stand" King moved from the horror writer to a philosopher. That book alone, would be sufficient to be the basis of a college course on good vs. evil.
Dennis Lehane
Lehane was a good mystery writer with his series where Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are the main protagonists. When he added "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island," he rose above the medium to a place at the top of mystery and all fiction writers.
Don Winslow
Another writer who has received great praise for his writing. His "The Death and Life of Bobby Z," was one example of his talent with characterization and dialogue. Also greatly enjoyed "California Fire and Life."
Larry McMurtry
With just "Lonesome Dove" McMurtry would be on my list. That book is in my all time top few books and certainly the basis for the best mini-series that TV has ever had.
Elmore Leonard
The master of the dialogue and so diverse. He could be writing westerns or modern mysteries and never lets the reader down.

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June 10, 2010
Scotman; Thank you for the comment. Mike
June 10, 2010
I'm only 2 out of 10 with you. Goes to show how the world is made up of all kinds.
June 07, 2010
This is some good stuff here, Mike. Some of my favorites as well. Thanks for adding these great commentaries to it! :)
June 08, 2010
Devora; I appreciate your comments. This is a wonderful community where people have nice things to say. Have a good day and look forward to hearing from you in the future. Mike
June 05, 2010
Some of these writers are also some of my favorites. It would be great if you can put some commentary on each.
June 06, 2010
Good point. Done. Mike D.
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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