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Witness Statement: author EW Sullivan

  In this gritty American thriller, Dr Theo Zones desperately wants to believe that his father didn’t kill his mother. But his deeply personal investigation gets sidetracked by a series of bombings. Author EW Sullivan stops by to talk about the background to his new novel, ‘Swarm Theory.’ Along the way, Easy Rawlins, George Pelecanos, recent events…

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The Dying Detective: an emotional end game

This book’s title totally gives the game away. The fate of Lars Johansson, not so very long retired from his position as head of Sweden’s national serious crime squad, is determined in the opening chapter during which he suffers a catastrophic cerebrovascular event. After a lifetime of good living, this stroke leaves him physically, emotionally…

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The Assassin’s Prayer: locked and loaded

  Stripped down to bare basics, this is a straightforward, high velocity, heavy calibre action thriller. An uncomplicated romp, it kicks off locked and loaded and barely grabs a breath throughout. Travis Kain is a semi-retired killer from the Jason Bourne school of assassins. (Rogue agents are all the rage right now: there’s another couple…

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Through A Mirror, Darkly: the unseen side of everyday America

An ordinary town in modern-day America, Clifton Heights, hides dark secrets and the stirring of ancient evil. In this collection of linked short stories, author Kevin Lucia quietly and methodically explores the porous zones, those weakened areas where human greed and human need allow Something Other to extend into our reality. The result is an…

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Murder: experimental investigations

This is a short series of three, experimental, separate and stand-alone crime dramas, made for TV and screened on BBC2, each an hour long. Each scenario is new and different, and they’re all very much based in ‘possible’ real life situations. The stories start with a dead body, and gradually the timeline of the crime…

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Book bargains: summer sale!

If you need some killer reading to take to the beach then check out Frank Westworth’s Killing Sisters crime-thrillers. The first two books in this critically-acclaimed series have had their prices slashed for summer – well, it makes a change from arteries being opened with wicked black blades… The ebook editions are now under half-price…

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A Hero In France: stilted spy story

Author Alan Furst is a literary giant, a writer I admire enormously. His spy stories of wartime resistance evoke an insidious atmosphere of paranoid oppression, offset in near-equal measure by extreme human endeavour and endurance. Determination and despair permeate his pages in equal measure. His characters are flawed examples of humanity, compelled by circumstance into…