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RoughJustice has written 168 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

Skies of Ash

Written by Rachel Howzell Hall — LA Homicide detective Elouise Norton returns to our shelves a year after making her terrific debut in Land of Shadows. If you’ve read that book, then you’ll know Norton is confident and assertive, and very much the senior detective in her partnership with Colin Taggert, who is white and from the south.[…]

So Nude, So Dead

Written by Ed McBain — Ed McBain, who died in 2005, had considerable success under a variety of pen names before he hit literary gold dust with his 87th Precinct novels. Before he began writing about detectives Steve Carella, Meyer Meyer and others, McBain wrote children’s books, an expose of juvenile delinquency, and pulp crime. So Nude, So Dead[…]

Double Exposure

Written by Kat Clay — Australia’s Crime Factory has been publishing novellas alongside their magazine for a couple of years now. Last year we reviewed two of them, Jake Hinkson’s Saint Homicide and Ed Kurtz’s Freight. Though very different books they were both fine examples of modern noir. Double Exposure, by Melbourne photographer and journalist, is a different[…]

Interview: Kat Clay

Australia’s Crime Factory has been on our radar for some time. Known for producing a quality fiction magazine, more recently the company’s series of indie novellas have really caught our attention. In the past we’ve reviewed both Freight by Ed Kurtz and Saint Homicide by Jake Hinkson, for instance. With Double Exposure, Kat Clay will be the first[…]

The Cartel

Written by Don Winslow — The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow’s first depiction of America’s war on drugs, changed perceptions of its author when it was published in 2005. Winslow was already an established writer stateside and a winner of the Edgar Award, but became an international success thanks to The Dog. Epic in[…]

Interview: Don Winslow

We reckon that The Cartel by Don Winslow is going to be one of the books crime fiction lovers simply must read this summer, and we said as much in our previews of the hottest books of summer 2015. Arriving a decade after the critically acclaimed The Power of the Dog, it’s also one of the most eagerly[…]

The Dead Assassin

Written by Vaughn Entwistle — It may be 15 months since Titan Books published The Revenant of Thraxton Hall, the first of the paranormal casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but in Vaughn Enwistle’s Victorian literary universe, only a few short weeks have passed. Doyle is spending most of his free time in London. His wife,[…]

The Albino’s Treasure

Written by Stuart Douglas — The year is 1896 and Holmes and Watson are again sharing rooms at Baker Street. The pair are woken up in the night by Inspector Lestrade. A portrait of Lord Salisbury in the National Gallery has been vandalised and the culprit, a member of the republican Brotherhood of Ireland, has been[…]

With Fury in Hand

Written by Lee Thompson — Lee Thompson likes to place his noir stories in a family setting. In his debut crime novel, A Beautiful Madness, the author explored a family’s attempts to understand an uncharacteristic moment of violence perpetrated by their patriarch, a previously stable and upstanding man. It’s a book that made my top five books of 2014.[…]

Disintegration

Written by Richard Thomas — Anyone familiar with Thomas’s neo-noir anthology The New Black will know the author is a fan of the dark stuff. So you won’t be surprised to learn that Disintegration, subtitled A Windy City Dark Mystery, is pitch black in tone. The un-named protagonist of Thomas’ noir thriller exists rather than lives.[…]

LA Rotten

Written by Jeff Klima — When an angry civilian stands outside the entrance to Los Angeles’ main police station shouting threats and waving a gun around, two things are certain. One, it will end up as suicide-by-cop and that the city’s media will be out in force. And two, because of point one, Tom Tanner’s company Trauma Gone[…]

I’m Dead Again

Written by Keith Nixon — Our site is blessed with a number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable contributors ready to bring you the latest news and reviews, covering every subgenre of crime fiction from cosy to hardboiled. It’s no surprise when one of our fold break ranks to become a published author. Past contributors like Eva[…]