A Colder War: tradecraft and treachery

A Colder War tells a familiar espionage adventure – there’s a mole; could be British or American; an outsider is tasked with resolving the situation – and places it in the current world of uncertain allegiances in international politics. It’s all about tradecraft and trust: about the possibility of redemption set against the emotional isolation…

New Orleans Noir: not waving but drowning

The Akashic Noir series of crime anthologies always offer intelligent entertainment. Sometimes the theme, be it a city or country or a specific situation can be a little drowned out by the individual narratives. I’ve read some Akashic collections where you might not be able to identify the theme if it weren’t obviously splattered all…

Satori: Hel returns in a sudden awakening…

Readers who enjoy intricate novels of the Cold War espionage community, set against an historical background and involving many interweaving plotlines, should find ‘Satori’ an absolute delight. It is most definitely NOT an action-adventure shoot-em-up story. It is, however a tough book to review. Many readers will compare it to ‘Shibumi’, while others who haven’t read…

Bamboo and Blood: a cold war story, Korean-style

Idiosyncratic, offbeat and intriguing, the Inspector O series wraps a murder-mystery in political intrigue with a captivating central character at its core. This is the third novel in the Inspector O series. New readers are advised to start with ‘A Corpse in the Koryo’ rather than trying to get to grips with O’s character and…