The Olympics have played a very important part in crime fiction, and sadly in true crime--the 1972 Munich Olympics where Israeli atheletes were massacred. With the Olympics opening in London, I thought I'd post a few Olympics related crime fiction novels. One of my favorite Olympic books is Rebecca Cantrell's A Game of Lies. This novel really gives you a great sense of place -- the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The following is a totally unvetted list. Mixed among the list are many well known authors, and I think you're safe with these. In my search, I came up with lots of ebooks, penned within the last few months. Jumping on the bandwagon? Are they well written? I posted a few of those titles here, too, but you'll need to decide for yourself.
As always, let me know any titles I've missed.
Skate Crime and On Think Ice by Alina Adams Olympic Sleeper by Tom Barling Echo of the Reich by James Becker 2012 Olympic Sabotage by D.M. Blowers A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell Bear Pit by Jon Cleary Gold by Chris Cleave No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie Typhoon by Charles Cummings Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympic Games by John Feinstein (YA) Beyond Gold by Elaine Forder Trial Run by Dick Francis Olympic Sacrifice by John Hocutt Terror-Olympic Size by George L. Hoffman Flight from Berlin by David John March Violets by Phillip Kerr Going for the Gold by Emma Lathen Golden Girl by Peter Lear (Peter Lovesey) Olympia '36 by John Lee Dragon Games by Stephen Mertz An Olympic Death; Off Side by Manuel Vazquez Montalban Olympic Nemesis by James Morley A Medal of Honor by John Morton A Private Business by Barbara Nadel The Judas Goat; Carol Heiss Olympic Queen by Robert B. Parker Target America: Terror at the 2002 Olympics by Frederick W. Parkins See How They Run by James Patterson
Private Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan Death Spiral by Meredith Phillips Olympic Fusion by Scott Pickard The Runner by Christopher Reich Hartliss Protector (Assignment: Prince William at the Olympics) by Mike Scantlebury Black Rain by David Shone The Eighth Day by Alistair Smith Rogue Agent by Sean Sweeney Lestrade and the Deadly Game by M.J. Trow Summer Games: An Olympic Murder Mystery by Sabrina Wylly