J.S. Law says The Girl With The Dragon Tat­too is a must-lis­ten.

De­but nov­el­ist J.S. Law, au­thor of Tenac­ity and au­dio­book ad­dict, re­veals his 10 top crime nov­els to lis­ten to on the move...

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Itried to read The Girl With The Dragon Tat­too by Stieg Lars­son and couldn’t get past the very long open­ing chap­ter. I turned to the au­dio­book and the nar­ra­tor, Saul Re­ich­lin, brought the tale of Lis­beth Sa­lan­der to life, breath­ing pace into this twisty tale and, frankly, by the end of the tril­ogy, I was left bereft and at a loss to find an­other au­dio­book to match it.

This type of cap­ti­va­tion, where you find your­self sit­ting in your car wait­ing for a chap­ter to fin­ish, is a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and sel­dom have au­thor and nar­ra­tor bonded as in The Beauty

Of Mur­der by A. K. Bene­dict. Nar­ra­tor Nick Rawl­in­son draws the reader along the path of Stephen Kil­li­gan’s ad­ven­tures through time, and the re­sul­tant au­dio­book will re­main one of my top ten of all time.

I’m gen­er­ally not a fan of au­thors read­ing their own books. How­ever,

Laid­law by Wil­liam Mcil­van­ney (read by the same) is the first in the se­ries of Glas­gow de­tec­tive Jack Laid­law and was de­liv­ered to per­fec­tion by the man who un­der­stood the story and the lo­ca­tion bet­ter than any other. This is a must-lis­ten.

Gone Girl by Gil­lian Flynn was a phe­nom­e­nal best­seller, and the au­dio­book doesn’t dis­ap­point. Ju­lia Whe­lan, who reads Amy, and Kirby

Hey­borne, the voice of Nick, both bril­liantly cap­ture the souls of their char­ac­ters. Some will say it isn’t the best of Gil­lian Flynn’s books, but it is by far the best au­dio­book in her of­fer­ing.

I stum­bled upon the creepy and at­mo­spheric A Plea­sure And A Call­ing by Phil Ho­gan, an ex­cel­lent find. Leighton Pugh de­liv­ers a mas­ter class in the telling of Mr Hem­ing’s story, the man who sold you your house and, all th­ese years later, still has the key… The Nec­es­sary Death Of Lewis

Win­ter by Mal­colm Mackay, read by An­gus King, fol­lows the story of a free­lance Glas­gow gun­man as he ex­e­cutes a hit. From the cast list and char­ac­ter de­scrip­tion that open the book to the gun­man’s thought pro­cesses, it re­mains a top 10 for me.

There are some clas­sics that shine in any medium and the story of Pa­trick Bate­man is one. Nick Lan­drum nails Bate­man’s de­scent into mad­ness in Amer­i­can Psy­cho by Bret Easton El­lis and it’s an au­dio­book I’ve gone back to time and again.

I could have picked any of Val Mcder­mid’s Tony Hill se­ries, but it’s

The Wire In The Blood – which spawned the epony­mous hit tele­vi­sion se­ries – that stands out as The One. Saul Re­ichlen (again) de­liv­ers an out­stand­ing per­for­mance, as Hill and his col­league, Carol Jor­dan, try to dis­cover what links the dis­ap­pear­ances of women from around the coun­try.

An­other from tele­vi­sion is David Hew­son’s nov­el­i­sa­tion of the hit se­ries, The Killing, read by Chris­tian Rod­ska. It’s long, and it’s de­tailed, but the de­liv­ery makes it an ef­fort­less lis­ten as Sarah Lund tries to find out who killed Nanna Birk Larsen.

My fi­nal must-lis­ten au­dio­book is one that chills me ev­ery time I hear it. The open­ing scene for A Time

To Kill by John Grisham, read by Michael Beck, is one of the most shock­ing and heart-break­ing I’ve heard. The trial of Carl Lee Hai­ley for the mur­der of the two men who raped his 10-year-old daugh­ter is charged with racism and ha­tred, mak­ing for one of the most com­pelling au­dio­books of all time.

“The au­dio­book breathes pace into Stieg Lars­son’s twisty tale”

J.S. Law is the au­thor of Tenac­ity (Head­line). He will be ap­pear­ing at the Theak­stons Old Pe­culier Crime Writ­ing Festival, on Val Mcder­mid’s New Blood panel.

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