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A Treat for the Festive Season: Win Martin Holmén’s Stockholm Trilogy!

It’s the festive season and, with the help of the good folks at Pushkin Press, we want to offer our readers an extra treat: the chance to win all three novels in Martin Holmén’s brilliant Stockholm Trilogy! Each novel in this gritty, captivating noir series set in the 1930s in Stockholm reads as a stand-alone story, though one of the ...
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Slugger – Martin Holmén

‘Slugger’, the final novel in Martin Holmén’s Stockholm trilogy, set in the 1930s and featuring former boxer turned debt-collector Harry Kvist, fully lives up to the high expectations set by the first two, ‘Clinch’ and ‘Down for the Count’. Kvist prides himself in never having gone down for a count in a brief boxing career ...
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Celia Fremlin – The Long Shadow

I love novels that refuse to be pigeonholed into one single genre. After all, if you can have more than one treat in the same package, why not? And I admire authors who have the ability to straddle genres with ease, spicing up their narrative recipe with a mixed bag of ingredients. Celia Fremlin has ...
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Vanish in an Instant – Margaret Millar

In crime fiction, as in all other genres, the mark of a true classic is a novel’s ability to transcend time and cross geographical boundaries. ‘Vanish in an Instant’ by US author Margaret Millar, first published in 1952, is just such a classic, and a brilliant addition to Pushkin Vertigo’s eclectic collection of international 1950s ...
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And Fire Came Down – Emma Viskic

‘And Fire Came Down’ is the second novel by Emma Viskic – after ‘Resurrection Bay’ – featuring Australian insurance investigator Caleb Zelic. ‘Resurrection Bay’ scooped up an array of literary prizes in Australia, winning the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut and three Davitt Awards, and has now been shortlisted for two Dagger Awards ...
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Cold Desert Sky – Rod Reynolds

‘Cold Desert Sky’ is the third novel by Rod Reynolds in the noir series featuring gutsy US reporter Charlie Yates.  Set in December 1946, ‘Cold Desert Sky’ is a punchy novel – a cocktail one part fact, three parts fiction – in which Reynolds ups his game and his locale, moving from the rural Texarkana ...
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Only Killers and Thieves – Paul Howarth

‘Only Killers and Thieves’ by English-Australian author Paul Howarth is as good a debut novel as I’ve read in a long time. For its powerful sense of place – and an extraordinary place too, unforgiving but beautiful – its sophisticated characterisation, well-paced plot and, above all, for Howarth’s spare, intense writing, veined with strong echoes ...
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