Dan Simmons shares book recommendations in honor of his new historical novel, The Fifth Heart, which combines the mystery-solving moxie of noted author Henry James and fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes.
- Travis McGee mysteries by John D. MacDonald
- The Master by Colm Tóibín
- Author, Author by David Lodge
- The Women by T.C. Boyle
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Novels that are based on historical figures. These books require the author to extend the story by imagining inner lives, other characters, etc.