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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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Sleep No More – P.D. James

In the preface to another collection, published by Faber & Faber last year, British crime-writing giant P.D. James wrote that, in a short story, “much has to be achieved with limited means.” The six stories in ‘Sleep No More’ are dazzling proof of just how much can be achieved when an author of P.D. James’ ...
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Resurrection Bay – Emma Viskic

Gutsy, original and with a devilishly tricky plot: ‘Resurrection Bay’, the debut novel crime novel by Australian author Emma Viskic, has a lot going for it, enough in fact to be a hit as soon as it was published in Australia, where it won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut, as well as ...
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