Monthly Archives: October 2010

Experimental Heart by Jennifer L. Rohn

Experimental Heart is a novel in two parts: the first is an account of the biologists in a leading institute in London, and the research they do; the second is a plot-driven story. In chapter 1, Andy O’Hara, a postdoctoral … Continue reading

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Kittyhawk Down by Garry Disher

Kittyhawk Down, the second in the Hal Challis/Ellen Destry series of police procedurals set in the  fictional Old Peninsula district in southern Victoria, Australia, is even better than the first, Dragon Man, and that’s saying something. The characters have gelled and the … Continue reading

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Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave

Theo Tate is an ex-cop turned private investigator, who as this novel opens is supervising the exhumation of Henry Martins, a man who died some years ago. His daughter firmly believed that he had been murdered by his second wife, … Continue reading

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Worth Dying For by Lee Child

The previous novel in the Jack Reacher series, 61 HOURS, ended with a purported cliffhanger: will Reacher survive an underground explosion? I think it is not giving away any spoilers to say that he does, and lives to fight another day … Continue reading

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Red Wolf by Liza Marklund

translated by Neil Smith (Oct. 2010) Publisher: Corgi ISBN: 0552162310 It seems to have been a long wait for the new Annika Bengtzon novel by Liza Marklund, but it has been well worth it. RED WOLF is the fifth in … Continue reading

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River of Shadows by Valerio Varesi

'River of Shadows' by Valerio Varesi (translated by Joseph Farrell) Publisher: MacLehose Press   Commissario Soneri of the Parma police in Italy has two strange, simultaneous cases on his hands. In one, an elderly man called Decimo Tonna has plunged … Continue reading

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Three Seconds by Roslund and Hellstrom

Translated by Kari Dickson. Put aside quite a few hours of your life when you start THREE SECONDS, an addictive thriller that has deservedly won Sweden's main crime fiction award. The novel is a meaty tome about a man who … Continue reading

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Shadowplay by Karen Campbell

I very much enjoyed SHADOWPLAY, the third book by Karen Campbell, a former police officer whose previous profession adds a sense of authenticity to her writing. Anna Cameron, insecure protagonist of THE TWILIGHT TIME and “avenging angel” of AFTER THE FIRE, has just … Continue reading

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Black Ice by Leah Giarratano

Black Ice by Leah GiarratanoBantam, 2009. The third installment of this searing Australian series finds DS Jill Jackson working undercover, using the name Krystal Peters, in the slums of Sydney. She’s identifying plenty of low-life drug dealers, to the pleasure … Continue reading

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Silence by Jan Costin Wagner

Silence by Jan Costin WagnerTranslated by Anthea BellHarvill Secker Silence begins with the description of a murder that took place in 1974, in which a young teenage girl disappeared while riding her bicycle in the Finnish countryside. Her body is … Continue reading

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