Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Scarecrow, by Michael Connelly

  The Scarecrow   The Scarecrow opens as Jack McEvoy, a solid reporter for the LA Times, is given two weeks’ notice – he’s a victim of the death-by-internet of the US newspaper industry and of the decline of the global … Continue reading

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Long Lost, by Harlan Coben

  Long Lost Harlan Coben’s latest novel returns to his original character, Myron Bolitar the sports agent, and his associates Win, Esperanza (a.k.a. Little Pochahontas) and Big Cyndi. However, in Long Lost any association with sports, a standard feature of … Continue reading

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The Mind’s Eye, by Hakan Nesser

  The Mind's Eye I've spent about a month away from Scandinavian crime fiction, reading a wide range of alternatives, but THE MIND'S EYE reminds me from page one of all the reasons why I love the best exponents of … Continue reading

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Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves

  Red Bones (Shetland Quartet 3) The third in Ann Cleeves' "Shetland quartet" (earlier volumes are the prizewinning RAVEN BLACK and the equally impressive WHITE NIGHTS) is a very satisfying read. This series is growing in maturity; RED BONES seems … Continue reading

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The Trafficked, by Lee Weeks

  The Trafficked Johnny Mann, the bereaved Hong Kong police detective at the centre of THE TROPHY TAKER case, is sent to England to investigate the case of Amy Tang, a 12-year-old girl who has been kidnapped from her boarding … Continue reading

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Lullaby, by Claire Seeber

  Lullaby LULLABY is about the worst nightmare-situation imaginable: the loss of a child. A young woman, Jess, and her older husband Mickey are out for the day with their baby Louis. They become separated, and Jess, from whose point … Continue reading

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After the Fire, by Karen Campbell

  After the Fire Jamie Worth is the Glasgow policeman in the triangle at the centre of THE TWILIGHT TIME, Karen Campbell's impressive, police-procedural first novel. In the second book in the series, AFTER THE FIRE, Jamie trains as a … Continue reading

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Shooting Star, by Peter Temple

  Shooting Star Although Peter Temple’s Shooting Star has only this year been published in the UK (by Quercus), it was first published in Australia in 1999. Since then, this wonderful author has written most of his Jack Irish series, the award-winning … Continue reading

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Executive Privilege, by Philip Margolin

  Executive Privilege With Executive Privilege, Philip Margolin has come up with a topical, multi-faceted and racy thriller – yet again. I loved it.There has been talk recently about the thriller genre being in the doldrums, once two or three … Continue reading

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Missing, by Karin Alvtegen

Put aside two or three hours and read this book from beginning to end. It's a tense and involving read, and you won't want to be distracted.   Missing Sybilla is an outcast, living off the radar of the authorities … Continue reading

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