Regular readers of the Indy might wonder who’s writing these blurbs. But, alas, it’s a mystery. Missoulians’ love for the unanswered narrative is reason enough to understand our readers’ pick of bestselling mystery author James Lee Burke for this category. After so many decades of popularity, his affinity for cooking up new and moving tales—including his latest, Swan Peak, due out this week—is less of a mystery. Burke has been around.
2. David James Duncan
3. James Crumley