May 29, 2014 7:57 AM Subscribe
Want to get a couple of mystery novels for my husband. Ideally these would have 1) very good writing and a compelling protagonist 2) have at least a mild sense of humor, though this is not a deal-breaker, and 3) be set in New York, though also not a deal-breaker.
But really, only #1 is critical. I'm thinking the Dortmunder novels (though these actually may be TOO comic-capery) and possibly Elmore Leonard (but which? There are so many!)
He's particularly interested in a well-structured mystery--with the classic several-act structure, with reveals that are exciting and heighten the stakes for the protagonist. I suggested The Yiddish Policeman's Union but he couldn't get into it.
Any other suggestions?