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DavidPrestidge

DavidPrestidge has written 231 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

New James Ellroy out today!

On the Radar – There are some big beasts trampling around in the crime fiction jungle this week. If we flag up the names Ellroy, Kellerman, Coben and Mosse, that should be enough to persuade most readers to raid their wallets, but we also have a crime fiction debut by the respected political commentator Andrew[...]

CIS: Classics by Bloomsbury Reader part 1

As you may already know, our month of classic crime here on Crime Fiction Lover comes to you with support from our sponsor, Bloomsbury Reader. This digital imprint specialises in classic crime titles, some of which have been out of print for years. These ebooks are much sought after by modern connoisseurs of Golden Age[...]

Blue Avenue

Written by Michael Wiley – Twenty five summers ago, in Jacksonville Florida, William ‘BB’ Byrd had an intense and destructive affair with the young black girl Belinda Mabry. They parted in acrimony, and Byrd has not seen her since. Until the morning he is summoned by an old school friend, Detective Daniel Turner, to identify[...]

Blind Moon Alley

Written by John Florio – We first met Jersey Leo in Sugar Pop Moon, reviewed here. A mixed race albino, he’s a Philadelphia inhabitant unlike any other. The year is 1931 and his adventures with moonshine (aka Sugar Pop) in the previous novel behind him, Jersey is running a speakeasy called the Ink Well. He[...]

Val’s back – and so is Poirot

On the Radar – It’s a case of, ‘Please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the ladies,’ this week, as we look at a new Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah’s recreation of Poirot, and another nail-biting psychological drama from Ann Cleeves. And in addition to books by some of Britain’s top female authors, we’ve also[...]

False Ransom

Written by Ivan Infante – Mike Chance is what you might call a nasty piece of work. He has made his way from America’s East Coast to West, and has ended up in downtown Los Angeles in 1938. His first act is to dress up as cops, roust an illegal card game, scatter the guilty[...]

CIS: The Day of the Jackal revisited

When Frederick Forsyth wrote The Day of the Jackal, it was a shot in the dark. The writer had produced a factual book about the war in Biafra, which took place in the late 1960s, but it hadn’t done too well. His stab at a thriller was undertaken to address his financial problems. Not only[...]

Gods of Gold

Written by Chris Nickson – In the Yorkshire city of Leeds, there is a massive gulf between the rich and the poor. It is 1890, and the rich industrialists are getting richer beyond their wildest dreams. The chimneys belch out smoke but the grime turns to gold for the factory owners. The workers who keep[...]

A Dickens of a murder

On the Radar – We’ve seen Conan Doyle turned into a sleuth in the past – in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, for instance, and this week we’ve uncovered a release which features none other than Charles Dickens in the role of crime solver. There’s more historical crime fiction too, a new release by Faye[...]

Lock-Down Blues

Written by Ray Wilcox – For the most part, the lives these criminals lead are unconnected. There is Raymond Butterworth, a successful printer, whose gruesome crimes are separated by decades. Then we have ‘Diamond’ Perry, the black street hoodlum who makes the mistake of taking on a Yardie drug gang. Johnny Scapes ran a high-end[...]

A Madras Miasma

Written by Brian Stoddart – The setting is 1920, in the teeming city of Madras (present day Chennai) on the south eastern coast of India. Superintendent Christian Le Fanu of the Indian Police Service has been called to the banks of a filthy city canal which is, in reality, little more than an open sewer.[...]

Jack Reacher gets Personal

On the Radar – Yes, this week we have the return of Reacher, but also some historical crime fiction, a crime-laden adventure in Mexico, the SAS and a monkey that’ll sever a jugular before you can say Crime Fiction Lover. Read on, and let us know which titles will be added to your pile… Personal[...]