The most influential crime writer ever?
My new dark horse, though, is Ed McBain, author of the 87th Precinct novels, featuring Detective Steve Carella and a cast of many. The manic Sgt. Brant in Ken Bruen's Calibre loves the 87th Precinct books so much that he tries to write one himself. More recently, I've come across this sly and surprising acknowledgment in Kjell Eriksson's The Princess of Burundi:
Eriksson's book has an ensemble cast, somewhat in the manner of – well, you can guess.
The Rastafarian locksmith worked on the lock for about thirty seconds. He whistled as he worked and Fredriksson asked him to be quiet.
"Cool," he said. "Are you Sweden's answer to Carella?"
Fredriksson has no idea what he was talking about, but nodded.
So, the floor is open to you once again, readers. What crime writers have influenced other writers? And what form has that influence taken?
© Peter Rozovsky 2007