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The Marco Effect

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Written by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by Martin Aitken – In this latest book in the Department Q series from Denmark, a gypsy street urchin named Marco stumbles into the path of rampant corporate greed and murder. As an army of contract killers converges on the clever young thief on the streets of Copenhagen, Detective Carl[...]

Three-Card Monte

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Written by Marco Malvaldi, translated by Howard Curtis – Three-Card Monte is the second instalment in the Bar Lume series, (we reviewed Game For Five here) which are bestsellers in the author’s native Italy. Set in a small coastal town in Tuscany, the book once again features Massimo – a barman and amateur sleuth –[...]

Music for the Dead

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Written by Luis Gutiérrez Maluenda, translated by Nick Caistor – It’s not often that a crime novel calls to mind the work of Boris Vian, the multi-talented French saxophonist, writer, translator and publisher who, when asked to discover the latest American noir author and translate his work into French, decided it would be easier to[...]

At Death’s Window

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Written by Jim Kelly – Conflicts between criminals tend to be called ‘wars’. Thus we have turf wars, drug wars, and even scraps between rival ice cream vendors which are known as ice cream wars. But here we have a first. In At Death’s Window we bring you samphire wars. Samphire is an edible plant which[...]

Freight

Freight

Written by Ed Kurtz — Freight is the latest in the Single Shot line of noir novellas from Australia’s Crime Factory. Previous entries by Jedidiah Ayres (Fierce Bitches) and Jake Hinkson (Saint Homicide) have earned widespread praise, including from ourselves. Kurtz was already on my radar thanks to his Grindhouse novel, The Forty-Two, published by[...]

Last Winter We Parted

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Written by Fuminori Nakamura, translated by Allison Markin Powell – The question of how art inspires and corrupts is something that drives the work of Japanese crime superstar Fuminori Nakamura, and the art is of the unconventional kind. In his first novel to be translated into English, The Thief, the eponymous pickpocket’s art is stealth.[...]

Moriarty

Moriarty

Written by Anthony Horowitz – Having experienced considerable critical and commercial success with The House of Silk, accomplished author Anthony Horowitz has returned to the world of Sherlock Holmes with his latest book. However, it might be more accurate to suggest he has entered Moriarty’s world, since this book’s narrative begins just days after Sherlock[...]

Dark Tides

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Written by Chris Ewan – It’s not that this book is that blood-curdlingly scary – though it has its moments. The violence isn’t graphic or outrageous and the final reveal might not stun you. What’s compelling about Dark Tides is simply that it’s very well written. While you’re reading it, you won’t be able to think about[...]

The Hummingbird

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Written by Kati Hiekkapelto, translated by David Hackston — Although Finland is often grouped with Scandinavia, its population, language and sensibility are all quite different. That holds true of its crime fiction as well. There is something unnerving and mysterious about the taciturn Finnish detectives, some of whom we’ve featured previously on this website. Anna[...]

Compulsion

Compulsion

Written by Bruce W Perry – Karl Standt has a back story. The former New York cop, now a private investigator, is still regaining his health after broken bones and a drug addiction were the price he paid for tracking down a missing heiress. All this happened in Gone On Kauai, which we reviewed back[...]

Confessions

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Written by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder – You never quite know what to expect when you pick up a Japanese crime fiction novel. There is no theme or style that dominates, so you might get a methodical police procedural, or a twisted psychological thriller. Each gives a different view of Japan – one[...]

Truth or Dare

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Written by Tania Carver – A new Tania Carver book is always something to celebrate, particularly if you like your crime, dark, disturbing and mega-gruesome. But novels by husband and wife team Martyn and Linda Waites are definitely not for the faint-hearted. I’ll give you a couple of examples. The story opens with a crossbow death that[...]

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