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Chinatown Beat, by Henry Chang

Chinatown Beat (Detective Jack Yu) Soho Crime, 2006. I recently read a very positive review of the latest in the series of books about Jack Yu, a Chinese police detective in New York, so I thought I would try the … Continue reading

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Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli

Day After Day Translated by Oonagh Stransky. Vintage, 2005. (First published in Italy 2000). Day After Day is, after a bit of a rocky start, a tight and exciting follow-up toAlmost Blue. It again follows an investigation led by Ispettore Grazia … Continue reading

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Play Dead, by Harlan Coben

Play Dead I probably should not review this novel. It’s an early book by the now-bestselling Harlan Coben which was published in the USA 20 years ago but never made it to the UK until now.  In his preface to … 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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Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn

Acts of Violence Acts of Violence is inspired by a murder case in the 1960s, in which none of 38 witnesses who saw a woman being attacked did anything to help. In this novel, the woman becomes Katrina Marino, who … Continue reading

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Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer

Dead at Daybreak Translated from the Afrikaans by Madeleine van Biljon. Dead at Daybreak is an exciting yet emotional thriller about a broken man, Van Heerden (we learn his first name later on in the book). At the outset, he … 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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Afterlight, by Alex Scarrow

Afterlight Afterlight, by Alex Scarrow (Orion, May 2010) What would Britain be like 10 years after the oil has run out? This stark question is the basis of Afterlight, a crackingly absorbing thriller. The novel is ostensibly a sequel to … 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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Supreme Justice, by Phillip Margolin

Supreme Justice Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin, June 2010 (HarperCollins).  What do you do next when you’ve just written a thriller in which the president of the USA is bought down? Unfazed by this challenge, Phillip Margolin here turns his attention … Continue reading

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