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All the Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson

‘All the Beautiful Lies’ is the third novel by US author Peter Swanson I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing, after ‘The Kind Worth Killing’ and ‘Her Every Fear’, and the fourth he published since 2014, when his debut novel ‘The Girl With a Clock for a Heart’ was nominated for the LA Times ...
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Conviction – Julia Dahl

Uber-cosmopolitan New York City may seem the ultimate interconnected melting pot, yet local communities can be very powerful in its midst. Disturbingly so, if they turn out to be closeted, oppressive and non-inclusive. You’ll get a strong sense of this reading the powerful crime novels written by Julia Dahl, featuring young New York journalist Rebekah ...
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The Execution of Justice – Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Crime novels can be violent, occasionally gory, almost always nerve-wracking but, ultimately, they are designed to be comforting. Life may be grim, but in the end order will be restored. There is always a flicker of light the end of the tunnel. And there’s crime fiction à la Friedrich Dürrenmatt. It can be violent, occasionally ...
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The Wife – Alafair Burke

US author Alafair Burke, a former prosecutor who now teaches criminal law, has ten crime novels under her belt. Some are of the serial variety, featuring Assistant District Attorney Samantha Kincaid or NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, and others are stand-alone ones, like ‘The Ex’, nominated last year for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Burke’s ...
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Interview with Tim Baker, author of ‘City Without Stars’

We’re pleased to host once again Tim Baker, author of ‘City Without Stars’, whose debut thriller, ‘Fever City’, we reviewed in January 2016. ‘Fever City’ was a hard act to follow, a gripping, elaborate novel set between the early 1960s and the present, weaving together the kidnapping of the eight-year-old heir to one of America’s ...
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This Is How It Ends – Eva Dolan

Eva Dolan is a stand-out in the new breed of British detective novelists for her refreshing take on the police procedural genre in the Zigic and Ferreira series. In the three novels published so far, Dolan showed how, even in a setting that is not London, multi-culturalism, gender and social issues can be woven into ...
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The Master Key – Masako Togawa

In ‘The Master Key’, the first novel by Japanese crime author Masako Togawa, reality is far from straightforward: it’s made of sliding layers, like shoji screens in Japanese houses, concealing and revealing in turns the life that goes on behind them, often showing its mere outline. The author delights in stunning readers with every unexpected ...
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Nine Lessons – Nicola Upson

As a crime fiction author, Nicola Upson is going against the grain of much of the contemporary canon. You won’t find high-testosterone heroes, gory bloodshed and adrenaline-filled action scenes in her novels. Expect instead subtle character development, satisfying whodunnits and absorbing historical details in all of the seven novels she created featuring early-twentieth-century Scottish mystery ...
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