You Will Know Me

Written by Megan Abbott, narrated by Lauren Fortgang – Known for her hardboiled and noir stories, Megan Abbott’s latest novel – reviewed here as an…

1000 free crime books at Bristol libraries

The UK government’s austerity measures have taken their toll on libraries, with closures and service cutbacks galore. However, CrimeFest, the convention held in Bristol starting…

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Andre: Top five books of 2014

Re-issues have made up much of my reading this year, from the ambitious reprint project of the Maigret series (alongside the first English edition of…

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The Secret Place

Written by Tana French — Famed for her mastery of suspense and character, Tana French is one of those crime novelists admired by her peers…

Broken Monsters

Written by Lauren Beukes — Detroit always has the potential to be a compelling backdrop to a crime novel, and in the hands of the…

The Fever

Written by Megan Abbott — With her early, noirish crime novels, Megan Abbott revisited the hardboiled tradition and period detail of 1950s LA from a…

CIS: The Cocktail Waitress

Classics in September — The Cocktail Waitress by James M Cain — James Mallahan Cain was born in Maryland in 1892. After returning from WWI,…

CIS: The top five women of noir

Classics in September — Several months ago we discussed five of the best American novelists currently writing in the hardboiled tradition. All of the writers…

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Crime school rings its bell

New York’s Crime Fiction Academy – part of the Center for Fiction in the city – is enrolling students for its Fall 2012 semester and…

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Dare Me

“At first, cheer was something to fill my days, all our days. Age fourteen to eighteen, a girl needs something to kill all that time,…