Enough Rope

Written by Barbara Nadel — Former soldier and ex-cop Lee Arnold runs an enquiry agency in London’s East End. His assistant is Mumtaz Hakim is a psychology graduate and, as a Muslim, wears a headscarf.…

A Hollywood star for Raymond Chandler?

It was Raymond Chandler’s birthday a few weeks ago and Twitter was abuzz with one-liner quotes from the hardboiled crime novels he wrote in the 1930s and 40s. Even today, over 50 years since his…

Barlow by the Book

Written by John McAllister — John Barlow is the Royal Ulster Constabulary Station Sergeant in Ballymena, County Antrim. It’s 1960 and he is both respected and feared, depending on which part of Ballymena society you come from. Petty crooks fear…

The Jump

Written by Doug Johnstone — One day Ellie’s teenage son, Logan, committed suicide by stepping off the apex of the Forth Road Bridge and plunging to his death. Less than six seconds from stepping over the railing…

Dark Branches

Written by Nik Frobenius, translated by Frank Stewart — Nik Frobenius wrote the screenplay for Insomnia, a 1997 film in which a Swedish police detective investigating the murder of young girl in a small town…

The Defenceless

Written by Kati Hiekkapelto, translated by David Hackston — There’s a new school of social critique creeping into crime fiction. When it’s done without sacrificing either characterisation or a good plot, it can make for very…

Murder DC

Written by Neely Tucker — Do you miss The Wire? Does the wait for the next George Pelecanos novel seem endless? Neely Tucker is a welcome find that will comfortably fill the void. His first thriller The Ways of…

Blood Salt Water

Written by Denise Mina — Alongside Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, the award-winning Denise Mina is one of the authorial voices who has helped shape Tartan noir over the last decade or so. A new book…

William Wallace writes crime

On the Radar — There’s more than just a touch of tartan among this week’s new releases. We have gore in Glasgow, an emergency in Edinburgh, anarchy in Alloa, and even an author called William…

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Interview: Meghan Tifft

Meghan Tifft works in the English Department at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and has extended her linguistic abilities by penning a new crime novel. The Long Fire comes out on 11 August…

I Am Death

Written by Chris Carter — Having quickly established himself as a master of the serial killer thriller, Chris Carter reunites Detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division in his new book…

First look: new from Finland

You know that we’re crazy about cold climate crime here on Crime Fiction Lover, and in 2013 I was lucky enough not only to visit Finland but to do so just as I was reviewing…

Aloysius Tempo

Written by Jason Johnson — Aloysius Tempo was brought up hard. His mother, uncertain of which side of the Irish political divide his father came from, abandoned him a few days after his birth. She…

A classic revisited: Cold Caller

Jason Starr’s 1997 debut is an acerbic story of white collar crime and a quarter-life crisis that brings new meaning to the term ‘dead-end job’. First picked up by the UK’s No Exit Press, the…

Bull Mountain

Written by Brian Panowich — This atmospheric debut novel set in Georgia begins with an act of fratricide that apparently sets off a chain of violent events over the following decades. It’s 1949 and brothers Rye…

A Game for All the Family

Written by Sophie Hannah — Nobody does dark and twisted better than Sophie Hannah, but after an inroad into Agatha Christie territory with The Monogram Murders, she seems in no hurry to get back to…