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If you liked Ian Rankin's "Dead Souls"

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.  Available for adults, teens, and kids.

If you liked Ian Rankin's Dead Souls, you may enjoy these titles which are similar in tone and atmosphere:

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
"...a roman noir on an epic scale: a classic period piece that provides a startling conclusion to America's most infamous unsolved murder mystery--the murder of the beautiful young woman known as The Black Dahlia."-catalog summary

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
"When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in."-catalog summary

Hit and Run by Lawrence Block
"Fingered for a murder he didn't commit, a hit man goes on the run to save his life."-catalog summary

Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace
"In this rousing, elegantly written literary thriller, a Japanese serial killer prowls the streets of American-occupied Tokyo in the aftermath of World War II. As Detective Minami tracks down the killer, he is haunted by his own memories of atrocities that he can no longer explain or forgive."-catalog summary

American Skin by Ken Bruen
"Stephen Blake is a good man blown in bad directions. He and girlfriend Siobhan, best friend Tommy, IRA terrorist Stapleton, and a particularly American sort of psychopath named Dade, are all on a collision course somewhere on the road between the dive bars of New York, and the pitiless desert of the Southwest. American Skin is the long-awaited American novel by Ken Bruen, the hardboiled master of Irish Noir."-catalog summary

The Dean's December by Saul Bellow
"Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his expose of city corruption. Accused of betraying his city, as well as being a racist, he journeys to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, only to find corruption rife in the Communist capital."-catalog summary

Other authors you might enjoy are George P. Pelecanos, Joseph Wambaugh, Martin Amis or Ian McEwan.