1. George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1972)2. Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me (1952)3. Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)4. Charles Willeford, The Shark-Infested Custard (1993)5. Elmore Leonard, Get Shorty (1990)6. Ken Bruen, The Guards (2001)
To read Jason Starr's comments on the six crime novels that have most influenced him, visit the Vertigo Comics blog.