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American Visa by Juan de Recacoechea

American Visa Translated by Adrian Althoff. Publisher, Akashic Books, 2007 (first published in Spanish, 1994). A taxi grinds to a halt in the middle of crammed street parties and demonstrations in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, and Mario Alvarez disembarks. Alvarez is searching … Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack, by Ernesto Mallo

Needle in a Haystack Translated by Jethro Soutar. Inspector Lascano lives in Buenos Aires in the 1970s, at the time of the military dictatorship. It was a terrible regime, first encountered by me in book form in Isabelle Allende’s marvellous … Continue reading

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Winterland, by Alan Glynn

    Winterland WINTERLAND is a brilliant book. A young man is shot in the beer garden of a Dublin pub. His mother Catherine is devastated but most of his family are privately unsurprised, as the victim is a known … Continue reading

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The Twelve, by Stuart Neville

The Twelve In this impressively gripping debut novel, Gerry Fegan is living a miserable life after serving a prison sentence for terrorist murders. Released as part of the Northern Ireland peace process, he’s ravaged by guilt and haunted by the … Continue reading

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Almost Blue, by Carlo Lucarelli

Almost Blue  translated from the Italian by Oonagh Strasky First published in Italy, 1997; first published in translation in the UK, 2003 (Harvill Press/Vintage)   When you’ve just finished reading a 700-page large-format novel, the perfect antidote is a 169-page pocket … Continue reading

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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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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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Bad Traffic, by Simon Lewis

Bad Traffic BAD TRAFFIC is a book that epitomises all that is great about the crime-fiction genre. It has a tight plot that unfolds at breakneck pace; it depicts an alien world vividly; there is a range of believable and … Continue reading

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Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty

Dead I Well May Be (Five Star Paperback) In a slow burn of a novel, Michael Forsythe has already run out of time in his native Ireland and in the British Army before his twentieth birthday. With no other option, … Continue reading

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Rough Trade by Dominique Manotti

Rough Trade (Eurocrime) Originally published in French in 1995, translated into English (by Margaret Crosland and Elfreda Powell) in 2001, set in 1980, ROUGH TRADE is a blistering police-procedural novel set in the Sentier district of Paris, home to the … Continue reading

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