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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[…]

The game’s afoot…


On the Radar –– Today’s new books column starts with a big release that Sherlock Holmes fans will lap up, and it features Holmes stories written by some of the biggest names in crime fiction. Also, we have Jeffery Deaver’s latest Kathryn Dance novel, a couple of books that tie in to World War II and[…]

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,[…]

It’s all lies!

The Lie

On the Radar — Well, our headline today could be referring to the manifestos unveiled this week by Britain’s main political parties as we head towards the General Election, but actually what we’re pointing to is a hot new release by psychological crime fiction’s rising star, CL Taylor. Will her second novel, The Lie, prove as popular[…]

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[…]

Look who’s writing for us XIV


Good news for us here on Crime Fiction Lover. We’ve recruited a new member to our team. Zac Colbert is a writer and TV producer based in Brighton, UK. And, if you’re a lover of old school grisly noir, like you’ll find in the novels of Jim Thompson and James M Cain, you’ll be pleased[…]

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[…]

Billingham’s back…

Time of Death

On the Radar — Yes, if you love a good police procedural featuring DI Tom Thorne then it’s time to prime your evidence bags and don your latex gloves. Shoe protection is optional. The latest Mark Billingham novel has been announced and Time of Death is our lead book as we bring you this week’s new[…]

A Song of Shadows, and more…


On the Radar — Fans of Harlan Coben, and of John Connolly’s brooding PI Charlie Parker will be as excited as bunnies we head into Easter. Both these big name authors feature this week with new releases. But there’s more too… What is the collective noun for a number of psychopaths? Whatever it is, we have[…]

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[…]

Jo Nesbo, Voltaire and… Dust Bin Bob?


On the Radar — You never know what you’re going to get from one week to the next on the crime fiction bookshelf. Our new books report this week brings you the latest from Norwegian best seller Jo Nesbo, a historical crime book featuring the French philosopher Voltaire as a key character, and even a[…]

First look: The Illegalists


One thing we wish we had more of on Crime Fiction Lover is graphic novels. So we were really pleased to hear from writer Stefan Vogel when he got in touch with news about The Illegalists, a new graphic novel he’s putting together with artist Attila Futaki and co-author Laura Pierce. Set in Paris in 1911,[…]


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