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CIS: The Day of the Jackal revisited

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When Frederick Forsyth wrote The Day of the Jackal, it was a shot in the dark. The writer had produced a factual book about the war in Biafra, which took place in the late 1960s, but it hadn’t done too well. His stab at a thriller was undertaken to address his financial problems. Not only[...]

Welcome to Classics in September 2014

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September marks a turning point in the year. Summer is in its twilight, the leaves will soon be turning, a new academic year begins, and we begin to think of warm, indoor pursuits. Top among them for us is getting back to some classic crime fiction. While autumn sees the world’s publishers releasing their big[...]

Gollancz Fest 2014: Ben Aaronovitch

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There are plenty of book events to visit in the UK and beyond (including Iceland Noir in November), but today publisher Gollancz took a bold step with its inaugural virtual festival featuring dozens of its authors on social media. And there was plenty of interest for crime lovers. The digital element of the Gollancz Festival[...]

The best World War I crime fiction

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Today marks 100 years since Britain entered World War I. For the next five years, writers, artists and historians from all over the world will remind us the momentous events which took place between 1914 and 1919. The Great War is remembered for its soldier poets – Owen, Sassoon, Gurney, Blunden and Thomas – but[...]

The best holiday crime fiction for 2014

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So, the summer is here, the sun is high in the sky, and it’s time for a holiday. Whether you’re having a stay-cation this year, or heading somewhere more exotic like Thailand, Italy, New Zealand or Tierra del Fuego, one thing’s for sure: you need to load your suitcase full of crime fiction books. Or,[...]

Interview: Lee Thompson

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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[...]

16 wonderful things about Harrogate 2014

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Over the weekend – 17 to 20 July – crime authors from around Britain, and all over the world, made their annual pilgrimage to Harrogate for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. One of them had a special mission. In addition to attending talks and sharing thoughts with similar-minded writers, Craig Robertson was Crime[...]

Bastille Day Special: The best of French crime fiction

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On 14 July, all of France celebrates Bastille Day. On this day in 1789, the infamous Paris prison was stormed by the mob, thus heralding the Revolution and the end of the ancien régime. To honour the occasion, the lovers of French crime fiction within our team have selected the very best Fench crime books[...]

Interview: Emma Healey

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Emma Healey has restored old books and designed and made new books. She’s seen books being printed, sold them in bookshops and issued them in libraries, and even met her partner, Andy, in a Waterstones! Now, after five years of writing, Emma has produced a book of her own and Elizabeth is Missing – a[...]

Interview: Douglas Lindsay

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The Scottish author Douglas Lindsay is already internationally known for his Barney Thomson series, in which a dour Glasgow barber finds himself at the centre of a very bizarre and violent set of mysteries. With Robert Carlyle currently filming The Legend of Barney Thomson for release in 2015, Lindsay has changed tack and written a[...]

The dark heart of Brazil

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Images of Brazil and the beautiful game are all over our screens at the moment, so it’s a fitting time to see the country represented in crime fiction as well. After books set in very cold places – the Ukraine and Russia – British writer Dan Smith‘s next novel, The Darkest Heart, takes place in[...]

What’s in this bloody box?

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Today an unusual package arrived on the doorstep at Crime Fiction Lover HQ. Somewhat worryingly, it had to be signed for. Ever more concerning were the splats and smudges of blood. Opening it, we found a postcard with a QR code on it reading Eeny Meeny as well as a blood-stained rag and a book.[...]

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