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Book recommendations needed

September 2, 2013 56 comments

Mafalda_merciHello everyone,

Could you please recommend me books set in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas or Utah? If you know some set in Amarillo, Chicago, Las Vegas, Saint Louis, Sacramento, San Francisco or Santa Fe, that would be great too. It can be literary fiction or crime fiction.

Many thanks. The comment section is all yours!



Here are the recommendations received, sorted by place:



McTeague (SF) by Frank Norris

California Fire and Life by Don Winslow

Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy

Watch Me Die by Lee Goldberg

The Postman Always rings Twice by James M Cain

Oil! by Upton Sinclair

Build My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes

Hell hath No Fury by Charles Williams

Joe Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard novels

This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M.Homes

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Book Lover by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

Golden Days, by Carolyn See

The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream by Joan Didion (essay)

Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

A Way of Life Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien

Anita Loos

The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Storm, by George Stewart

Charlie Chan novels by Earl Derr Bigger

Martin Eden, by Jack London

What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg

Bret Harte

Ambrose Bierce


Plainsong, or any other, by Kent Haruf


The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson


Mark Twain

Chronicle of the Mound Builders, by Elle Marie

New Mexico

Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels.

SIlko’s Ceremony by Leslie Marmon

House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday


Point Omega dy Delillo


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


Jim Thompson

No Country for Old Men by Mc Carthy

Kinky Friedman


Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer



The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey

In Babel by George Ade

1001 Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht

Aleksander Hemon

Herzog by Saul Bellow

Sister Carrieby Theodore Dreiser

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

Sara Paretsky’s mysteries

Beautiful Children by Charles Bock.

Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

Last Call by Tim Powers

Saint Louis


The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Run, River, by Joan Didion

San Francisco

Dark Passage by David Goodis

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet

The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth

The Magician’s Tale, by David Hunt (William Bayer)

The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammet

Santa Fe

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather


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