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What You Want To See – Kristen Lepionka

‘What You Want To See’ by Kristen Lepionka is the second instalment in the saga of Roxane Weary, a private investigator from Columbus, Ohio. Like Roxane herself, the story is bursting with energy, alive with wit and sharp as a whiplash. Above all, ‘What You Want To See’ is a first-rate crime novel, that rare ...
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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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