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Welcome to New Talent November 2014

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There’s nothing like discovering a new voice on the crime fiction scene, is there? That’s why each November, our team aims to bring  you some of the year’s hottest new talent. We don’t only look at writers that have come through the traditional publishing stables either. During New Talent November, we feature debuts and second[...]

The Burning Room

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Written by Michael Connelly – There’s many a crime novel which begins in a mortuary, as the coroner works on a body and uncovers a vital clue that ultimately solves the case. Never before, though,  have I encountered an autopsy that is in response to a cold case. In truth, Orlando Merced was a dead man walking.[...]

Mask of the Verdoy

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Written by Phil Lecomber – George Harley is a decorated veteran of World War I who worked for British intelligence post 1918. Now he is scratching out a living as a private investigator in 1930s London, steering a hazardous course between the criminal underworld and the Metropolitan Police, neither of whom is sure of his[...]

Sin Walks into the Desert

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Written by Matt Ingwalson – Sin is a loner, a tattooed outcast in Tucson, Arizona. In his early 20s, he spends his days at home watching videos online and cleaning his gun, and his nights getting tattooed by Sindy, his one friend, who works at an all-night tattoo parlour. That is until he gets a[...]

The Crime Thriller Awards 2014 – the winners

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Last night at London’s famous Grosvenor House on Park Lane, the great and the good of the crime fiction world were hosted by Specsavers, sponsor of the ITV Crime Thriller Awards. Celebrating crime television, film and books, the event saw three new inductees to the Crime Thriller Hall of Fame – Scottish author Denise Mina,[...]

From the Cradle

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Written by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards – Family: it’s a six-letter word that covers a whole world of possibilities. If you’re lucky, it means happy get-togethers with relatives. Then again, it could conjure up mental images of Barbara Windsor in EastEnders. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, family is something you’re stuck with. A veritable conveyor[...]

A Penny for the Hangman

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Written by Tom Savage – The Virgin Islands. Sound idyllic, don’t they? Especially as the nights begin to draw in here and the temperatures plummet. Richard Branson even owns one! But all is not so wonderful on the island of St Thomas where, in May 1958, a teenage boy and his friend are planning something dastardly.[...]

The Marco Effect

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Written by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by Martin Aitken – In this latest book in the Department Q series from Denmark, a gypsy street urchin named Marco stumbles into the path of rampant corporate greed and murder. As an army of contract killers converges on the clever young thief on the streets of Copenhagen, Detective Carl[...]

Three-Card Monte

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Written by Marco Malvaldi, translated by Howard Curtis – Three-Card Monte is the second instalment in the Bar Lume series, (we reviewed Game For Five here) which are bestsellers in the author’s native Italy. Set in a small coastal town in Tuscany, the book once again features Massimo – a barman and amateur sleuth –[...]

Music for the Dead

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Written by Luis Gutiérrez Maluenda, translated by Nick Caistor – It’s not often that a crime novel calls to mind the work of Boris Vian, the multi-talented French saxophonist, writer, translator and publisher who, when asked to discover the latest American noir author and translate his work into French, decided it would be easier to[...]

At Death’s Window

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Written by Jim Kelly – Conflicts between criminals tend to be called ‘wars’. Thus we have turf wars, drug wars, and even scraps between rival ice cream vendors which are known as ice cream wars. But here we have a first. In At Death’s Window we bring you samphire wars. Samphire is an edible plant which[...]

Interview: Steven Saylor

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Steven Saylor is the author of the highly successful Roma Sub Rosa series of historical fiction novels set in Republican Rome at the time of some of the largest figures in ancient history – Cicero, Julius Caesar, Pompey and Crassus. The protagonist is Gordianus, who is a ‘Finder’ – someone who investigates crimes. He works with[...]

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