The Greatest "St. Louis" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 280 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

    A former FBI profiler, who is renowned for capturing a notorious serial killer, is lured out of retirement to track down a new killer who has a taste for families. The new killer, dubbed "The Tooth Fairy", is a complex character with a troubled past that leads him to commit his heinous crimes. As the profiler delves deeper into the investigation, he is forced to confront his own demons and the manipulative games of the serial killer he previously captured, who is now behind bars.

  2. 2. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

    A memory play set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, it follows the story of the Wingfield family. The protagonist, Tom, struggles with his role as the breadwinner for his overbearing mother, Amanda, and his physically and emotionally fragile sister, Laura, who spends her time with her collection of glass animals. The family's life takes a turn when Tom invites a gentleman caller home for dinner to meet Laura, causing tensions to rise and secrets to unfold.

  3. 3. The Living End by Stanley Elkin

    "The Living End" is a darkly comedic and surreal exploration of the afterlife, where the protagonist, a liquor store owner, finds himself navigating the absurdities and injustices of heaven and hell following a violent robbery that leads to his untimely death. The narrative delves into themes of divine justice, eternal punishment, and the whims of a capricious God, as the protagonist encounters a cast of bizarre characters and experiences the ultimate existential crisis. Through sharp wit and biting satire, the story critiques religious conventions and the human quest for meaning in the face of an often indifferent universe.

  4. 4. Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton

    This series introduces readers to a world where vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings are legal citizens of the United States, and follows the life of Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner, and supernatural consultant for the police. Set in St. Louis, Missouri, Anita navigates the complexities of her personal and professional life, dealing with various supernatural mysteries, crimes, and often finding herself in the middle of vampire politics. As the series progresses, Anita's powers and relationships with the supernatural community grow, leading her into ever more dangerous and morally ambiguous situations. The blend of urban fantasy, horror, and mystery, along with a strong, complex female protagonist, has garnered a dedicated fan base.

  5. 5. The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh

    This book is a detailed personal account of a historic transatlantic flight in 1927 by a young aviator. The narrative describes the meticulous planning, the dangerous journey, and the worldwide acclaim that followed. The pilot’s courage, skill, and determination, along with his fascination with science and his love for flying, are vividly portrayed in this captivating memoir.

  6. 6. The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of the Dred Scott case, a significant event in American history that heightened tensions between the North and South, leading up to the Civil War. The author meticulously examines the political, social, and legal contexts surrounding the case, the individuals involved, and the controversial Supreme Court decision that ruled African Americans were not citizens and could not sue in federal court. The book further explores the case's profound impact on the nation, contributing to the secession of Southern states and the onset of the Civil War.

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