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NTN: The Last Projector

Written by David James Keaton – American indie publisher Broken River Books has received a good deal of critical acclaim for the books it has published over the last couple of years, building up an impressive backlist featuring some of the best of the new wave of crime fiction writers like Jedidiah Ayres (Fierce Bitches,[…]

NTN: New authors at Iceland Noir

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With a man on the ground reporting from Iceland Noir in Reykjavik, we take a look at some of the new authors who are taking part in the conference to tie in with New Talent November. Each of them either has a book out in English, or has one on the way that might be[…]

Iceland Noir: Is Scotland Nordic?

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Today Reykjavik is just as gloomy and grey as yesterday – perfect, then, for today’s key panel discussion on whether or not Scotland’s crime fiction falls into the Nordic mould. The answer is certainly ‘NO!’ authors involved agreed, as they answered questions pitched by South African writer Stanley Trollip. So what makes Tartan Noir distinctive[…]

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro

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Written by Edogawa Rampo, translated by William Varteresian – Edogawa Rampo was the pen name of Taro Hirai, a Japanese author active from 1923 until his death in 1965. He is known as the father of Japanese detective fiction and his work – particularly his early writing – proved that a tightly plotted work of detective[…]

Iceland Noir: the Nordic setting

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It was the entire city of Reykjavik that played host to Iceland Noir this afternoon, as conference guests braved the cold winds to hear Iceland’s crime authors – both new and established – read from their books at locations relevant to the scenes. It was coordinated by the Ulfhildur Dagsdottir of the Reykjavik City Library.[…]

Iceland Noir: Nordic prespectives, in translation

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Though it was 9am, the sun still hadn’t risen as Iceland Noir began this morning at the Nordic House in Reykjavik. Organised by the authors Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Quentin Bates, Ragnar Jonasson and Lilja Sigurdardottir, this year’s event has grown to a three-day affair – if you include a tour of the glacial setting for Yrsa[…]

NTN: Maybe I Should Just Shoot You in the Face

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Edited by Paul D Brazill – Zelmer Pulp is an indie publisher using a core stable of new writers along with the occasional guest to produce themed genre anthologies. A lot of effort goes into producing great looking books with a diverse range of takes on any particular theme, but they Zelmer doesn’t take itself[…]

NTN: Mrs Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

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Written by Mark Reutlinger – Not all crime books have to be gory, graphic or downright dangerous. For example, Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries tend to tax the brain without unsettling the stomach, while Alexander McCall Smith’s No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books feature a traditionally built female sleuth whose most potent weapon is her common sense.[…]

NTN: The Few

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Written by Nadia Dalbuono – This is the intriguing debut from an author who is originally from the UK but now lives in Italy, where The Few is set. The story focuses on Detective Leone Scamarcio, the son of a once powerful mafia figure. Scamarcio has turned his back on the family business and is[…]

NTN: The Man from Berlin

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Written by Luke McCallin – Captain Gregor Reinhardt won the Iron Cross while serving in the trenches with the German army in World War I. After a spell between the wars where he became one of the best detectives in Berlin’s Kriminalpolizei, he has reluctantly accepted a commission in the Abwehr, the German army’s military[…]

NTN: The top 10 crime debuts of 2014

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New Talent November is all about new authors, so it’s time to take a look back across 2014 and recall the best debuts we’ve come across. Our team has come together to recommend 10 fresh reads that will set your crime reading world alight. So many of us are committed to those long running series[…]

NTN: Blood in the Tiber

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Written by Annelise Freisenbruch — Rome, 70 BC and life for Hortensia, daughter of the famous orator Hortensius, should be going along the privileged path laid out for her. However Hortensia (also referred to by her nickname, Horty) isn’t your average Roman woman. She has inherited her father’s vocal skills and strength of character and[…]

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