Category Archives: Noir

No-one Loves a Policeman, by Guillermo Orsi

No-one Loves a Policeman No-One Loves a Policeman By Guillermo Orsi, translated from the (Argentinian) Spanish by Nick CaistorMacLehose Press (Quercus), May 2010.  Pablo Martelli, known as Gotán, is retired from the police force (“the National Shame”) in Buenos Aires, and … Continue reading

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The Past is a Foreign Country, by Gianrico Carofiglio

The Past is A Foreign Country Translated by Howard Curtis.  Published by Old Street, 2007 (first published in Italy 2004). Gianrico Carofiglio has written three excellent novels* in a series set in the Italian seaside town of Bari. The Past is … Continue reading

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Poisonville, by Massimo Carlotto and Marco Videtta

Poisonville (World Noir) Translation: Antony Shugaar. In the north-eastern part of Italy, near Venice, lies a small town which is home to some of the oldest and noblest families in the country. Francesco Vitelin, scion of one of these privileged … Continue reading

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Badfellas, by Tonino Benacquista

Badfellas Translated by Emily Read. Bitter Lemon Press.  “The names of the characters depicted in this work have been changed to protect their identity. Similarly, the picture of the dog on the cover is not that of the Australian Cattle … Continue reading

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Snow Angels, by James Thompson

  Snow Angels Inspector Kari Vaara is in charge of a small police station in remote Lapland, in the north of Finland. His new wife Kate, who is American and ten years younger than Kari, is a senior manager of … Continue reading

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My Last Confession, by Helen Fitzgerald

  My Last Confession On one level this novel is an entertaining, light-hearted and fast-moving romp, relating how Krissie Donald, protagonist of DEAD LOVELY, becomes a probation officer, encounters a client, Jeremy, who is accused of killing his mother-in-law, feels … Continue reading

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Dark Times in the City, by Gene Kerrigan

  Dark Times in the City I've been eagerly anticipating Gene Kerrigan's third novel, having enjoyed LITTLE CRIMINALS and THE MIDNIGHT CHOIR so much, and I am not disappointed. Right from the first page, the reader is grabbed by the … Continue reading

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The Sinner, by Petra Hammesfahr

  The Sinner The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr (translated by John Brownjohn) fulfils its early promise: it is a brilliant portrait into the dark places of one woman's memory. There are one or two hints that things are not as … Continue reading

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Shadow, by Karin Alvtegen

  Shadow SHADOW opens in 1975 with the discovery of a four-year old boy who has been abandoned in a park. The boy, Kristoffer, is bought up by foster parents, and when an adult becomes an addict and drifter. The … Continue reading

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The Twilight Time, by Karen Campbell

  The Twilight Time THE TWILIGHT TIME is an assured, seemingly authentic, noir-laden police procedural, set in Glasgow. The author is an ex-police officer, and this is her first novel. I'm impressed. Sergeant Anna Cameron arrives to take charge of … Continue reading

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