When I wrote my list of bests, I could not get all of the best books in one blog.
So here are a few more:
Scott Turow’s Ordinary Heroes rated by my late father (a World War II combat
Infantry veteran) as the most realistic description of combat he had read.
Susan Wittig Albert’s A Wilder Rose is the best book I know examining the question of how much of
the writing of the Little House books was done by Laura Ingalls Wilder and how much was done by
her daughter Rose, a notable professional writer.
The best environmentalist character in fiction: Skink in the novels of Carl Hiaasen.
Best description of Kansas City: author Joel Goldman.
Best depiction of a damaged hero: The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry.
Best inclusion of “sneaky humor,” i.e. during a dramatic scene the author throws in unexpected: Sue
Grafton. There is a wonderful example in T is for Trespass. When the heroine is checking the
credentials of a nursing care person she happens upon a former co-worker of that person. The co-worker gives a description of the person’s work, which is hilarious.
Best description of an arson investigation: California Fire and Life by Don Winslow.
What writers do you consider "the best" and why?