Leon Marks

For crime, mystery and mental breakdowns, these titles are among the best of the best.   

Essential For Writers


Now What? The Creative Writer's Guide to Success after the MFA

  • ​Fairfield University Press, 2014


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Essential Films


  • Act of Violence -- Fred Zinnemann/1948
  • The Big Combo -- Joseph H. Lewis/1955
  • The Conformist -- Bernardo Bertolucci/1970
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors -- Woody Allen/1989
  • Les Diaboliques -- Henri-Georges Clouzot/1955
  • Hour of the Wolf -- Ingmar Bergman/1968
  • The Killers -- Robert Siodmak/1946
  • Le Jour Se Leve -- Marcel Carne/1939
  • Mulholland Drive -- David Lynch/2001
  • Notorious -- Alfred Hitchcock/1946
  • Out of the Past -- Jacques Tourneur/1947
  • Repulsion -- Roman Polanski/1965
  • Rocco and His Brothers -- Luchino Visconti/1960
  • The Sacrifice -- Andrei Tarkovksy/1986
  • The Silence of the Lambs -- Jonathan Demme/1991
  • The Skin I Live In -- Pedro Almodovar/2011
  • Stray Dog -- Akira Kurosawa/1949 
  • Sunset Boulevard -- Billy Wilder/1950
  • The Third Man -- Carol Reed/1947
  • Touch of Evil -- Orson Welles/1958




Essential Books


  • And Then There Were None -- Agatha Christie/1939
  • The Book of Evidence -- John Banville/1989
  • The Boys from Brazil -- Ira Levin/1976
  • The Chill -- Ross Macdonald/1964
  • The Collector -- John Fowles/1963
  • Come Closer -- Sara Gran/2003
  • The Flanders Panel -- Arturo Perez-Reverte/1990
  • La Bete Humaine -- Emile Zola/1890
  • La Brava -- Elmore Leonard/1983
  • The Lady in the Lake -- Raymond Chandler/1944
  • Laughter in the Dark -- Vladimir Nabokov/1932
  • Manhattan Love Song -- Cornell Woolrich/1932
  • The Monk -- Matthew Gregory Lewis/1796
  • The Moonstone -- Wilkie Collins/1868
  • My Name is Red -- Orhan Pamuk/1998
  • Mystic River -- Dennis Lehane/2001
  • Savage Night -- Jim Thompson/1953
  • Sharp Objects -- Gillian Flynn/2006
  • Shoot the Piano Player -- David Goodis/1956
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union -- Michael Chabon/2007