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Great Crime Reads Now Playing on Netflix

serpico_scene_400In the mood for a great crime thriller? There are plenty to choose from on Netflix—and many of them also happen to be based on terrific books. Get caught up in a memorable James Lee Burke “Dave Robicheaux” mystery, a twisty noir tale by pulp master Jim Thompson, an Elmore Leonard classic, or a psychological thriller by suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith. Or dive into the rollicking tale of a trio of moonshine-running brothers in Lawless, then stream the film, with an outstanding soundtrack by Nick Cave (who also wrote the screenplay).

Craving true crime? Read about the investigation that went into the bust of the century in The French Connection, then watch the nail-biting chase sequence and Oscar-winning performance by Gene Hackman. And we wouldn’t have Al Pacino as NYPD whistle-blower Frank Serpico or Michael Shannon as an ice-cold mob assassin without the best-selling books about the real men who made headlines.

Films on Netflix are subject to change, but these books are always a great read.

Serpico movie still courtesy The Telegraph

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