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Havana Red, by Leonardo Padura

HAVANA RED Havana Red by Leonardo PaduraTranslated by Peter BushBitter Lemon Press 2005 (first published in Spanish in 1997) The Havana Quartet, of which this novel is the first, is a highly regarded contribution to the crime-fiction genre. The story is … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Place to Die, by Malla Nunn

A Beautiful Place to Die This impressive debut novel is set in South Africa in 1952, in the immediate aftermath of the election which resulted in the Boer government and specifically the Immorality Act, by which the “white”, coloured” and … 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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Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke

Black Water Rising Feted by wondrous reviews and on any number of award shortlists (including the Edgar and the Orange prize), I was predisposed to like this first novel about a lawyer in 1980s Houston, Texas. The book opens promisingly … Continue reading

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Gunshot Road, by Adrian Hyland

This is simply a marvellous book. It is a crime story, and an exciting one, but more importantly the book is a poem, full of emotion and insight. Every sentence is beautiful, as the author depicts a harsh yet rich … Continue reading

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In The Wind, by Barbara Fister

In the Wind Anni Koskinen resigned from the Chicago police department after testifying against a fellow-officer for beating an unarmed youth. Although she feels she did the right thing in telling the truth, her colleagues fail to provide back-up when … Continue reading

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The Woman From Bratislava, by Leif Davidsen

  The Woman from Bratislava (Eurocrime)   Translated by Barbara J Haviland. THE WOMAN FROM BRATISLAVA is a long but rewarding book, both exciting and serious. Written and set in 2000, but only published in English ten years later, it … Continue reading

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The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist

The Unit Translated by Marlaine Delargy. The Unit is the first novel by Ninni Holmqvist, a translator who has previously published three collections of short stories. It is superb: assured, measured, controlled, human and written in that deceptively simple, easy-reading … Continue reading

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Affairs of State, by Dominique Manotti

Affairs of State (Eurocrime) Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti.Translated by Ros Schwartz and Amanda Hopkinson.(EuroCrime, Arcadia, 2009. First published in France, 2001.)   This superbly exciting political thriller, set in the 1980s, takes as its premise a saying of … Continue reading

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