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RoughJustice

RoughJustice has written 154 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

Scratch the Surface

Written by Josh K Stevens — Midwest gangster Deuce Walsh is having a bad day. He woke up beaten and with a gun shot wound, in an abandoned factory on the edge of town. The two men he’s just killed weren’t goons for the Chianti brothers coming to finish the job their bosses started, but two innocent[…]

Thieves Fall Out

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[…]

Woman of the Dead

Written by Bernhard Aichner, translated by Anthea Bell — Placing the reader in a moral dilemma by asking them to empathise with a transgressive protagonist is something crime fiction has always done particularly well. As readers, we are asked to empathise with every type of criminal, from small time grifters to murderers, sociopaths and even[…]

Kill Me, Darling

Written by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins — As Mickey Spillane’s literary executor, Max Allan Collins has been doing a great job finding and completing manuscripts by the late author. In fact, this is the fourth such book we’ve reviewed, following on from Lady, Go Die!, Complex 90 and King of the Weeds. The books feature[…]

Knuckleball

Written by Tom Pitts — After last year’s triumphant novel, Hustle, San Francisco native Tom Pitts returns with another hard hitting report from the city’s mean streets. Knuckleball is a novella published by American indie One Eye Press, which was already very much on my radar after publishing Chris Leek’s western revenge story Gospel of[…]

The Traitor’s Mark

Written by DK Wilson –– 1543 and Tudor England is a dangerous place to be. London has a plague, and elsewhere the English Reformation is creating intrigue and suspicion. In his prime Henry VIII threw off the papal yoke with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but now he’s nearing the end of his life and is physically and[…]

The Devil’s Detective

Written by Simon Kurt Unsworth — The horror and crime genres have so much in common – strong plotting, and bad things happen to people whether they’re good or not – that it’s no surprise that there seems to be an ever increasing number of authors writing supernatural thrillers. However good it may sound in theory, in practice[…]

World Gone By

Written by Dennis Lehane — What an incredible career Dennis Lehane is having. Of his American contemporaries, perhaps only Michael Connelly has managed to sustain a similar degree of commercial and critical success in the crime genre. His early, gritty PI novels in the Kenzie and Gennaro series were followed by slick standalone thrillers like[…]

Elementary: The Ghost Line

Written by Adam Christopher — Because of all the hype surrounding the BBC’s Sherlock, and the popularity of it’s lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it almost feels like sacrilege to point out that the best Holmes and Watson currently on television appear in an American import called Elementary. Holmes, played with joyful brio[…]

Interview: CS DeWildt

Chris DeWildt’s debut novel Love You to a Pulp is a fantastic new example of rural noir that will leave you wanting to go back to your shelves and start digging out those old Jim Thompson books. We reviewed the book here, and invited this young author to join us for a chat, so read on to[…]

Nobody Walks

Written by Mick Herron — Set in the a murky, satirised world of espionage, Mick Herron’s most recent novels, Slow Horses and Dead Lions, featured a fictional branch of MI5 called Slough House whose employees were only one more screw-up from losing their jobs. The books were uniformly well received, and got five-star ratings here on Crime Fiction[…]

Love You to a Pulp

Written by CS DeWildt — One of the things which makes book reviewing such a rewarding thing to do is the opportunity to discover great new writers and pass on their work to others. Sometimes a book comes along, from an author you’ve never read before, that just blows you away. Love You to a[…]