Because I don't like getting into a series in the middle, I decided to search for a few 'first books' in my local used bookstores. No dice. So, I pointed my mouse over to abebooks.com and found exactly what I was looking for.
Since I consider myself 'going to school' for classic crime fiction, I wanted to try out a few famous people in that field. They are:
-Bertha Cool and Donald Lam in The Bigger They Come
-Perry Mason in The Case of the Velvet Claws
-Mike Hammer in I, The Jury
I used to watch Mason on TV and loved him. I know of Hammer only through reputation. And Cool and Lam are new to me. Hard Case Crime published one of their books so you know their good.
So, look for those reviews in the coming weeks. And here's a question for all of y'all who already know this stuff: Who else should I read? Help me make a list of Crime Fiction I Should Know.