G-Man: gangsters and gun culture

Just when it seemed that Stephen Hunter might’ve run out of puff with his Swagger family series, which went seriously wonky a while back (‘Night Of Thunder’ is the one to avoid at all costs), a change in direction has revitalised his writing. G-Man is the latest ‘retrospective’ Swagger story and it’s a stonking great…

The Shadow District: Icelandic excellence

Start here if you’ve never read any Icelandic crime, or never read anything by Arnaldur Indriðason, and fancy dipping a toe without needing to know racks of back-story from previous episodes. Alternatively, start here if you’ve read absolutely everything else translated into English by Arnaldur Indriðason and thoroughly enjoy his intelligent approach exploring the human…

Mystery & Murder: new books and recommended reads

Another intriguing selection of crime-thrillers and twisted tales from indie authors and best-sellers. This week’s round-up features short stories and full-length novels including gritty Britcrime, domestic noir, a slow-burn Icelandic investigation, an assassin seeking redemption and a chilling exploration into a warped personality…   THE THIRTEEN LIVES OF FRANK PEPPERCORN A collection of interlocking short…

Weird World Cinema

  We enjoy all sorts of thrillers here at MMM, from non-stop action romps to inexplicable international arthouse adventures, from popcorn puff to self-indulgent intellectualism.* Recently we’ve seen three wonderfully weird examples of world cinema, each of which revolves around a captivating female central character. Each of them is a solid four-star flick, worthy of…

Crime Time: just published thrillers and killers

  A rapid round up of six of the best recently released murder mysteries, crime thrillers and killer reads from well-known writers and indie authors who you may not have met yet…   KINGS OF AMERICA by RJ Ellory In this sprawling epic which spans three decades in the mid-20th century, master storyteller RJ Ellory…

Vicious Dogs: more bark than bite

In the best tradition of the two-time-loser gumshoe detective, private eye Derek Lasker is one step away from sleeping on the streets. He’s run out of cash. He hasn’t had a client in months. He’s no clue where his next low-fat latte might be coming from and he’s reached a crisis of personal hygiene due…

Since We Fell: squandered skill

In a moment of total muppetry, I didn’t actually read the blurb before ordering this book. I mean, why wouldn’t I just hit the button as soon as I saw a new Dennis Lehane crime thriller? He’s never let me down before, not since 1994 when ‘A Drink Before The War’ started the stunning Kenzie…