Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the Moe Prager mystery series cites four major influences on his appreciation of crime fiction as a reader and writer.
Farewell, My Lovely
By Raymond Chandler
It was when I was finished with this book that I knew I was put on this earth to write crime fiction.
By Dashiell Hammett
Showed me that you could discuss big themes in crime fiction as long as your work was entertaining.