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Crime books so good they launched a series.

We’ve hand-picked the following crime books on two criteria: not only are they amazing crime novels in their own rights, but each book is also the first in a series. Read them on their own, or follow your favourite hero through every case in their career. But be warned: these series-starters are known to be habit forming.

  • Number one bestseller Lee Child's very first novel, which introduced his iconic character Jack Reacher, now reissued in B format

  • WINNER of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel. A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax.

  • The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this.

  • The bestselling thriller writer of all time - if you haven't read a Dan Brown, where have you been?

  • NYPD Red is a task force whose job is protecting New York City’s richest, most powerful A-list citizens.

  • IT'S GORY, IT'S GRIPPING, IT'S GERRITSEN. INTRODUCING DETECTIVE JANE RIZZOLI

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