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Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) remembered


It was just five months ago that Ruth Rendell spoke on BBC Radio 4 to pay tribute to PD James, who died last November. Rendell’s recollections of a friend, crime-writing colleague and fellow parliamentarian (they both sat in the House of Lords) turned out to be her final media appearance. Now they have both gone,[…]

The books of Tarantino


“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films’,” said Quentin Tarantino. The director has an encyclopaedic knowledge of film and pop-culture thanks to his days working at the video rental store Video Archives in California, but his early work also drew significantly on the writing of crime[…]

The five best crime comics of 2015


Comic books have never been more mainstream, you only have to look at the cinema listings or the shelves of your local book store to see that. We also know that thousands of crime fiction lovers out there love their comics and graphic novels just as much. So we invited Alex Thomas of the website[…]

Attica Locke talks about Pleasantville


After The Cutting Season and Black Water Rising, African-American author Attica Locke returned to the crime bookshelves earlier this month with the release of Pleasantville. We’ve been sent a short video with the author, where she talks about her writing. It might surprise you to find out that Pleasantville is a real neighbourhood in Texas,[…]

Latin American crime fiction: 10 authors to try


From Mexico all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, Latin America is a diverse region. However, it’s fair to say that most of its countries have two things in common. One, a troubled history, and two, a distrust of the police. So it’s no surprise that crime fiction does not have a lengthy tradition in this part[…]

A classic revisited: Heed the Thunder


Jim Thompson’s second novel Heed the Thunder is a sprawling, multi-generational epic following the descent of the Fargo clan at the turn of the 19th century. Although not a noir in the strictest sense, its ominous style and cruel but sympathetic characters show clear signs of the pessimistic pulp fiction Thompson was later known for.[…]

First look: The New Inspector Sejer novel


Today we got our hands on what looks to be some solid gold Nordic noir. Yes, Harvill Secker has sent us an early copy of The Drowned Boy, the latest by Norwegian writer Karin Fossum which is out 4 June. The cover is simple but enticing, with what looks to be a moody reflection of some[…]

Win Code of a Killer on DVD


If you’ve missed ITV’s two-part drama Code of a Killer, which follows the true story of how DNA evidence was used for the first time to solve two Midlands murders in the mid-80s, then don’t worry. World Productions is releasing the DVD of the program on 20 April. In addition to the new forensic science – DNA[…]

Interview: Laura Lippman


Laura Lippman began her crime-writing career while working as a journalist, including 12 years at the Baltimore Sun (which also employed David Simon, creator of The Wire and Lippman’s husband). Her eighth standalone novel, After I’m Gone, was recently published in paperback and this month she returns to her series detective, Tess Monaghan, in Hush[…]

First look: The Girl in the Spider’s Web


MacLehose Press has today revealed the cover of the fourth book in Steig Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Written by Swedish author David Lagercrantz, it will be released worldwide on 27 August. It continues the story that began in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was first published in Swedish in 2005, a[…]

Live from Lyon: Quais du Polar 2015 special report


The weekend just gone saw one of the largest literary festivals in Europe take place in Lyon. Quais du Polar brought together 70,000 crime fiction fans, and nearly 100 authors from over 20 countries. Over 30,000 books were sold and signed on the spot – where else will you find such a big event devoted to the genre[…]

Interview: Cilla and Rolf Börjlind


Swedish crime-writing couple Cilla and Rolf Börjlind have gone from writing TV and film scripts for Wallander, Arne Dahl and the Martin Beck series to their own literary creation. Their debut novel, Spring Tide, has been translated into more than 25 languages – and it is one of the 20 books to be given away[…]


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