His list is interesting as is this tidbit he wrote in the introduction:
The dirty little secret about the very best contemporary crime novels is that it often doesn't matter much who did it and why, but where the story is set. Solving the crime is simply a vehicle to travel through the territory. Reading the best crime novels about specific locations by authors who live there and own their home turf is like visiting with the ultimate know-it-all guide who moonlights as a voyeur.If you like crime novels, check out CJ Box’s list of the top ten. For each author, he tells the setting of the series, as well as why he thinks that writer belongs on the list and the titles he suggests you read.
Now, my question for you is: In the genre you like most to read, who is your favorite author and why?