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The Father

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Written by Tom O Keenan — Sean Rooney is as much of a mess it’s possible for a person to be. That he’s not a corpse is a miracle in itself. He used to be a forensic profiler, but a life pursuing psychopathic killers took its toll and he quietly retired. Now he’s trying to drink[…]

A classic revisited: Heed the Thunder

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Jim Thompson’s second novel Heed the Thunder is a sprawling, multi-generational epic following the descent of the Fargo clan at the turn of the 19th century. Although not a noir in the strictest sense, its ominous style and cruel but sympathetic characters show clear signs of the pessimistic pulp fiction Thompson was later known for.[…]

Time of Death

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Written by Mark Billingham – Crime fiction’s grumpiest copper is back. DI Tom Thorne has recovered from his ordeal on the remote island of Bardsey (read our review of The Bones Beneath) and is enjoying some long overdue family time. With his partner, fellow officer Helen Weeks, he’s trying to make the best of the[…]

First look: The New Inspector Sejer novel

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Today we got our hands on what looks to be some solid gold Nordic noir. Yes, Harvill Secker has sent us an early copy of The Drowned Boy, the latest by Norwegian writer Karin Fossum which is out 4 June. The cover is simple but enticing, with what looks to be a moody reflection of some[…]

No Other Darkness

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Written by Sarah Hilary – Two little boys huddle together in the darkness, the older boy trying his best to be brave for his younger brother. No toy-filled bedroom for these two; instead, they are in a small, bare box-like structure, lying on basic bedding, a bucket for a toilet and no windows to brighten[…]

Sleeping Dogs

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Written by Thomas Mogford – Gibraltan lawyer Spike Sanguinetti is back for a fourth book in this series by Thomas Mogford. Following the violent events of the previous book, Hollow Mountain, Spike is in Corfu to meet up with his legal partner Peter Galliano. He’s taken his curmudgeonly father Rufus and his sometimes girlfriend detective Jessica Navarro with him.[…]

Win Code of a Killer on DVD

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If you’ve missed ITV’s two-part drama Code of a Killer, which follows the true story of how DNA evidence was used for the first time to solve two Midlands murders in the mid-80s, then don’t worry. World Productions is releasing the DVD of the program on 20 April. In addition to the new forensic science – DNA[…]

Thieves Fall Out

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Written by Gore Vidal – Over the last few years Hard Case Crime has successfully unearthed some lost novels and re-introduced them with attractive throwback pulp covers. Novels such as The Comedy is Finished (written by Donald E Westlake), The Cocktail Waitress (James M Cain) and Grave Descend (Michael Crichton) have all proved popular with[…]

Pleasantville

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Written by Attica Locke – We’ve come to expect politics to play a part in Attica Locke’s intelligent thrillers. The author was one of our Women to Watch in 2013 and Pleasantville is her third book, set in the midst of a hard-fought election in 1996 in Houston, Texas. It’s even more political in its[…]

Burn Cards

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Written by Christopher Irvin – Burn cards are those dealt from the top of the deck and discarded – of no use to anyone. Casino towns like Reno are full of people who are a bit like this – seemingly on the lowest rung, but holding onto their secrets. Reno, known as the biggest little city in[…]

Dry Bones in the Valley

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Written by Tom Bouman — This debut novel introduces Henry Farrell, a policeman in Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania. Despite the name of the township, the job should have been a quiet life with plenty of hunting and fishing for a man who is old beyond his years. A widower and former soldier who served in a peacekeeping[…]

The Corpse Role

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Written by Keith Nixon – The Corpse Role is the latest novel from our very own contributor Keith Nixon, as the author follows up his quirky Brit grit novel The Fix with his first police procedural. The central character is DI Charlotte Granger, a tough, no-nonsense Kent police officer who we first meet as she battles her way[…]

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