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RoughJustice has written 115 posts for Crime Fiction Lover

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[...]

Hot Lead, Cold Iron

Written by Ari Marmell – Mick Oberon belongs to the classic school of the pulp PI. He works out of a cramped office with two chairs and a battered filing cabinet. His cases don’t bring in much money, and it sure isn’t glamorous traipsing the mean streets of 1930s Chicago looking to catch unfaithful spouses[...]

Hell’s Gate

Written by Richard Crompton – We featured the author’s debut novel, The Honey Guide, in New Talent November last year, awarding it five stars for the way it skilfully mixed Kenyan tribal politics with African colonial history in a suspenseful whodunnit. Now Crompton returns in his next novel to feature the Maasai detective Mollel. Mollel’s[...]

The Baklava Club

Written by Jason Goodwin – The year is 1842 and the location Istanbul, the city that until recently was the heart of the Ottoman Empire. But the Sultan has moved his retinue to the Bosphorus, leaving his mother, the valide, behind in Topkapi Palace. Yashim is her confidante and fixer. He has the necessary qualifications[...]

King of the Weeds

Written by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins – Once again, Max Allan Collins reprises his role as literary executor and with King of the Weeds he has completed another of Mickey Spillane’s unfinished manuscripts. Whereas the last two books produced in this fashion – Lady, Go Die! and Complex 90 – went further back[...]

Land of Shadows

Written by Rachel Howzell Hall – Land of Shadows is the first in a new series featuring LAPD homicide detective Elouise Norton. She is married to a computer game programmer, Greg, whose work takes him out of the country a lot, giving him the opportunity to have affairs. Elouise has already forgiven him once and[...]