The Greatest "Boston, Crime" Books of All Time

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The "Crime" category of books typically includes stories that revolve around criminal activities, investigations, and the pursuit of justice. These books may feature detectives, police officers, or other law enforcement officials as main characters, as well as criminals and their victims. Crime novels often involve suspenseful plot twists and turns, as well as complex character development. The genre can encompass a wide range of subgenres, including mystery, thriller, and true crime, and may explore themes such as morality, ethics, and the human condition. Overall, the "Crime" category offers readers a thrilling and engaging look into the darker side of human nature and the justice system.

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  1. 1. The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George V.Higgins

    The novel delves into the gritty underworld of Boston's organized crime scene through the eyes of Eddie Coyle, a small-time gunrunner and career criminal facing the prospect of a long prison sentence. As he navigates the treacherous waters of loyalty and betrayal, Eddie becomes entangled with a variety of dangerous characters, including bank robbers, hitmen, and corrupt law enforcement. Desperate to avoid jail time, he contemplates becoming an informant, a decision that forces him to weigh the value of his friendships against his own survival. The narrative unfolds with sharp dialogue and a realistic portrayal of the bleak lives of those on the fringes of the criminal world.

    The 1464th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

    "Mystic River" is a gripping tale set in a close-knit neighborhood in Boston, revolving around three childhood friends - Jimmy, Sean, and Dave. Their lives are irrevocably altered when one of them, Dave, is abducted and sexually abused. Years later, they are brought back together by a horrifying event - the murder of Jimmy's daughter. As Sean, now a detective, investigates the murder, suspicion falls on Dave, leading to a tense and tragic conclusion.

    The 3089th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Blanche Passes Go by Barbara Neely

    "Blanche Passes Go" is a compelling mystery novel that follows the life of Blanche White, an African-American housekeeper with a knack for solving crimes. When a prominent white family's matriarch mysteriously dies, Blanche becomes entangled in a web of secrets and deceit. As she navigates through racial tensions, family dynamics, and her own personal struggles, Blanche uses her wit and intelligence to uncover the truth behind the woman's death, exposing the dark underbelly of a seemingly perfect community.

    The 6189th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

    In this gripping thriller, a series of brutal murders shocks the city of Boston. As the police investigate, they uncover a disturbing pattern: all the victims have been targeted by a skilled surgeon who meticulously removes their organs while they are still alive. With the help of a brilliant female detective and a renowned trauma surgeon, the race is on to catch this sadistic killer before he strikes again. As the investigation deepens, the team discovers a shocking connection to a past crime, leading them down a dangerous path of secrets and betrayal. With its heart-pounding pace and shocking twists, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

    The 6283rd Greatest Book of All Time

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