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Scratch the Surface


Written by Josh K Stevens — Midwest gangster Deuce Walsh is having a bad day. He woke up beaten and with a gun shot wound, in an abandoned factory on the edge of town. The two men he’s just killed weren’t goons for the Chianti brothers coming to finish the job their bosses started, but two innocent[…]

Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Mad Bear


Written by John Elvin — Every so often crime fiction lovers stage that old debate – should the famous characters of the genre be laid to rest with their authors when they pass on, or can we allow other writers to take them up and give them new mysteries to solve? John Elvin is clearly in[…]



Written by Emma Kavanagh — 2015 is looking like the year of the psychological thriller, with a string of new novels giving crime fiction lovers a view deep into the hearts and minds of criminals and cops alike. Our latest list of Recommended books (right) includes several psychological thrillers by female British authors. Could Welsh writer Emma Kavanagh’s latest, Hidden,[…]

The Lie


Written by CL Taylor — There are so many crime fiction book series these days that it’s refreshing to come across an author who likes writing one-off psychological thrillers. The Lie is CL Taylor’s second novel, and is a book that will grab you from the very first sentence, never letting go until the final full stop. Normal life[…]

Child 44


Written by Tom Rob Smith — First published in 2008, Child 44 put Tim Rob Smith on the map as an author of taut, gritty crime fiction. Like Gorky Part, it used Soviet Russia as its backdrop – with all the nuances of communist justice. Also like Gorky Park it’s now been adapted for film, with Tom Hardy,[…]

Double Mortice


Written by Bill Daly — Double Mortice is the much anticipated sequel to the gritty Glasgow procedural Black Mail, and sees the return of long-in-the-tooth DCI Charlie Anderson, still one step away from retirement. It’s a compelling tale that shows us Glasgow’s face of affluent gentility as well as the violent underbelly of a modern city. Michael Gibson[…]

The Father


Written by Tom O Keenan — Sean Rooney is as much of a mess it’s possible for a person to be. That he’s not a corpse is a miracle in itself. He used to be a forensic profiler, but a life pursuing psychopathic killers took its toll and he quietly retired. Now he’s trying to drink[…]

Time of Death

Time of Death

Written by Mark Billingham — Crime fiction’s grumpiest copper is back. DI Tom Thorne has recovered from his ordeal on the remote island of Bardsey (read our review of The Bones Beneath) and is enjoying some long overdue family time. With his partner, fellow officer Helen Weeks, he’s trying to make the best of the[…]

No Other Darkness


Written by Sarah Hilary — Two little boys huddle together in the darkness, the older boy trying his best to be brave for his younger brother. No toy-filled bedroom for these two; instead, they are in a small, bare box-like structure, lying on basic bedding, a bucket for a toilet and no windows to brighten[…]

Sleeping Dogs


Written by Thomas Mogford — Gibraltan lawyer Spike Sanguinetti is back for a fourth book in this series by Thomas Mogford. Following the violent events of the previous book, Hollow Mountain, Spike is in Corfu to meet up with his legal partner Peter Galliano. He’s taken his curmudgeonly father Rufus and his sometimes girlfriend detective Jessica Navarro with him.[…]

Thieves Fall Out


Written by Gore Vidal — Over the last few years Hard Case Crime has successfully unearthed some lost novels and re-introduced them with attractive throwback pulp covers. Novels such as The Comedy is Finished (written by Donald E Westlake), The Cocktail Waitress (James M Cain) and Grave Descend (Michael Crichton) have all proved popular with[…]

Burn Cards


Written by Christopher Irvin – Burn cards are those dealt from the top of the deck and discarded – of no use to anyone. Casino towns like Reno are full of people who are a bit like this – seemingly on the lowest rung, but holding onto their secrets. Reno, known as the biggest little city in[…]


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