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RoughJustice has written 120 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

The Good Life

Written by Frank Wheeler Jr – Earl Haack Jr’s father was a county sheriff in rural Nebraska for 30 years. He was feared and respected equally for the way he did his job. The justice might have come from his fists rather than the courthouse on occasion, but people understood he was fair, stuck to[...]

Damned if You Do

Written by Michael Brandman – The late Robert B Parker will always be remembered for Spenser, the Boston PI who polled at number six in our best 12 private eyes feature. That character was kept alive by Ace Atkins in the novel Wonderland and now Jesse Stone, another of Parker’s creation, has been revived by[...]

The Sandman

Written by Lars Kepler – If your perception of Nordic noir is of troubled detectives who can’t relate to people at work or at home, who are giving in to alcoholism and as cold inside as the climate they inhabit, then the Joona Linna series, now in its fourth instalment, might just be a breath[...]

The Mad and the Bad

Written by Jean-Patrick Manchette, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith – Last month we celebrated Bastille Day with a look at the best French crime fiction. My two suggestions for that list were written by Manchette. The quality of this author hasn’t escaped the eye of publishers New York Review Books, either. The company has just published[...]

A Beautiful Madness

Written by Lee Thompson – Lee Thompson has previously written horror, but A Beautiful Madness is his first crime book. It has a classic noir set-up with a dysfunctional family whose dirty secrets refuse to stay buried despite everyone’s best efforts. The themes reminded me of Tom Piccirilli (The Last Kind Words, The Last Whisper[...]

Interview: Lee Thompson

When A Beautiful Madness is published by DarkFuse on 5 August, readers will be able to discover new voice on the noir and hardboiled scene. Lee Thompson’s first crime novel opens with the discovery of a dead body on the front lawn of a former state politician. The book is the story of the ex-governor’s[...]

Forty Acres

Written by Dwayne Alexander Smith – Here is a novel which has attracted attention for its plot twist which turns race relations and America’s colonial legacy on its head. The forty acres of the title refers to reparations promised, but not delivered, to the slaves emancipated after the American Civil War. The plot centres on[...]

All Day and a Night

Written by Alafair Burke – The title All Day and a Night refers to prison slang for a sentence of life without parole – precisely the sentence given to Anthony Amaro almost 21 years ago for the murder of six women. Five murders were in upstate New York, in the small town of Utica, with[...]

Sherlock Holmes – Gods of War

Written by James Lovegrove – Last year we reviewed The Stuff of Nightmares, a Holmesian pastiche with science fiction and steampunk elements in which Lovegrove successfully steered a line between pleasing fans of traditional Conan Doyle mysteries and provided something new for readers. He returns now with an adventure set during Homes’ retirement. It is[...]

A Case of Noir

Written by Paul D Brazill – Collected here are the five short stories Brazill has written about Luke Case, an English freelance journalist working across the continent. Case is an excellent noir creation. He’s a sex- and booze-hound, and a hack with a mysterious past trying to keep his head above water – not waving[...]

Midnight in Europe

Written by Alan Furst – World War II is yet to start, but fascist forces in Germany and Italy are making ominous declarations, and General Franco’s nationalist army is fighting a civil war with the Spanish Republic. The Republic maintains fragile control over Madrid and Barcelona, but they are starved of weapons and unless that[...]

Interview: Ari Marmell

Today we welcome the American author Ari Marmell to the site. The author of Hot Lead, Cold Iron, has a big reputation in horror and fantasy circles, and in his latest novel has blended Celtic mythology with crime fiction. His latest here, Mick Oberon, has a wand holstered where his .44 should be but in[...]