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With Fury in Hand

With Fury In Hand

Written by Lee Thompson — Lee Thompson likes to place his noir stories in a family setting. In his debut crime novel, A Beautiful Madness, the author explored a family’s attempts to understand an uncharacteristic moment of violence perpetrated by their patriarch, a previously stable and upstanding man. It’s a book that made my top five books of 2014.[…]

You Are Dead

You Are Dead

Written by Peter James — Earlier this year, Peter James was voted Best Crime Writer of All Time by followers of the WH Smith blog, taking the title by a landslide. His hugely popular Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 16 million copies worldwide and been translated into 36 languages, while a couple of his stories have been turned[…]

The Silent Boy

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Written by Andrew Taylor – Already a triple winner of the CWA Historical Dagger, Andrew Taylor has been nominated once again for his latest book and must be a strong contender for the 2015 prize, which is presented on 30 June. The Silent Boy, a menacing and powerfully atmospheric novel set during the French Revolution,[…]

The Killing Lessons

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Written by Saul Black — With the strapline ‘Stalk. Kidnap. Kill. Repeat.’ you can probably guess that Saul Black’s debut crime novel is a serial killer thriller. In The Killing Lessons, three stories are interwoven, linked by a pair of sadistic serial muderers known for leaving cryptic items inside the bodies of their mutilated victims. The first[…]

Disintegration

Disintegration

Written by Richard Thomas — Anyone familiar with Thomas’s neo-noir anthology The New Black will know the author is a fan of the dark stuff. So you won’t be surprised to learn that Disintegration, subtitled A Windy City Dark Mystery, is pitch black in tone. The un-named protagonist of Thomas’ noir thriller exists rather than lives.[…]

The Slaughterman

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Written by Tony Parsons — London copper Max Wolfe first appeared last year in The Murder Bag. Now he returns to track a sadistic killer who has butchered four members of a wealthy family, and kidnapped their youngest child. The family thought themselves secure in their upmarket gated estate, but their sense of wellbeing is proved bloodily[…]

Ruins of War

The Ruins of War

Written by John A Connell — This is a crime debut for John A Connell, a Paris-based author. Once a cameraman, he has worked both in Hollwood and for the small screen. Ruins of War features a former cop  – Mason Collins – who is working as a criminal investigator with the American military police in the shattered[…]

LA Rotten

LA Rotten

Written by Jeff Klima — When an angry civilian stands outside the entrance to Los Angeles’ main police station shouting threats and waving a gun around, two things are certain. One, it will end up as suicide-by-cop and that the city’s media will be out in force. And two, because of point one, Tom Tanner’s company Trauma Gone[…]

The Golden Age of Murder

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Written by Martin Edwards – Britain’s Golden Age of detective fiction produced some of the greatest and most enduring crime writers, including Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L Sayers. “The crime novel, like the world itself, is ruled by the English,” said Bertolt Brecht during this period. For readers who want to know more[…]

I Let You Go

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Written by Clare Mackintosh — I Let You Go might be Clare Mackintosh‘s crime debut, but as a journalist she is an established writer. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Good Housekeeping and WI Life. If you’re into suburban or kitchen sink noir, this sounds like a very promising start, doesn’t it? This writer[…]

The House That Jack Built

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Written by Jakob Melander — Copenhagen detective Lars Winkler can’t seem to get much respect lately. His wife has left him for his boss Ulrik, and when we catch up with him in the book’s opening he has just returned to the Homicide and Violent Crime Unit after taking some time off. The mood in the office upon his return[…]

No Doves

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Written by Andy Boot — Set in 1991, No Doves is a violent and unsettling read from the outset. Based in the East End of London, in the grip of the urban regeneration of the Docklands area, the book opens with the discovery of a corpse sans hands floating in the River Thames. The unfortunate[…]

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