The Guardian has put together a list.
A huge list.
It's a wonderful piece of work and they've gone off the beaten path in the crime stuff, throwing in Dostoevsky and Nelson Algren along with the classic American noir guys.
The comic stuff leans heavy on British practitioners like Amis, Bainbridge, Lodge, Waugh and Dickens.
It's a fine antidote for these times, although as they said:
"Comedy is not humour. You shouldn't expect to be laughing all the way through these novels. Sometimes you will be, but at other times you will be crying."
There's finery throughout.
Posted by Dave