Monthly Archives: October 2007

A Half Life of One by Bill Liversidge

A Half Life Of One Despite its title and cover blurb ("What happens when an average nuclear family is hit by a one-megaton bombshell?"), A HALF LIFE OF ONE is nothing to do with radioactivity. The fallout it describes is … Continue reading

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The Big O by Declan Burke

THE BIG O is a fast-paced and very funny book. It is written as a series of short episodes, each told from the point of view of a different character. This style is a hard one to pull off, but … Continue reading

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The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri

The Snack Thief On a recent trip to Italy, what better book to take with me for the journey than an instalment of Camilleri's sublime series of Sicilian crime stories? THE SNACK THIEF did not disappoint. Inspector Salvo Montalbano is … Continue reading

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The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri

The Terracotta Dog Despite my best intentions, I have managed to read the first few books in this wonderful Sicilian police series in the wrong order. No matter (though the publishers could have helped by noting the order). In THE … Continue reading

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The Man Who Went Up In Smoke

The classic series of ten books about Swedish policeman Martin Beck and his team is so often held up as the epitome of crime writing: the turning point between the "golden age" of the hero detective and the modern police-procedural, … Continue reading

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Invisible Prey by John Sandford

Invisible Prey (Prey 18) I never know which of John Sandford’s “prey” series I’ve read, because the titles are all too similar, and I don’t remember much about the last book a year later, when the next comes out. I … Continue reading

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Calling out for you by Karin Fossum

Calling Out for You It is a few years since I have read a book by Karin Fossum, so I have missed out a couple of episodes in the life and career of Inspector Sejer. Having read this excellent study … Continue reading

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The Adversary by Michael Walters

The Adversary Readers who enjoyed THE SHADOW WALKER, the debut of Nergui, man at the Mongolian ministry, and his mentoree Doripalam, head of the police serious crime unit, will love THE ADVERSARY, set a year after the previous book. The … Continue reading

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Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light John Harvey has hit his stride in DARKNESS AND LIGHT, the third of his Frank Elder series. Frank has taken early retirement from a respected if not distinguished career in the Nottingham police force and, as in … Continue reading

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