The Disassembled Man: a slaughterhouse of spree-killing

In an extreme take on urban noir, author Jon Bassoff rips apart the human psyche for our outraged entertainment and potential enlightenment. We get a ringside seat for the transformation of a fully-fledged psychopath. Frankie Avicious goes from being a bitter, whining, booze-bloated no-hoper with a nasty past and a penchant for lazy manipulation, into…

The Killing Kind: hitmen who hunt their own

It’s a killer concept. Unleash a righteous assassin, a hitman who exclusively stalks his own species, other hired guns. Let him loose against mafia mobsters in a perilous poacher-turned-gamekeeper role reversal. So far, so many deservedly dead bodies… but there’s more. There’s always another predator further up the foodchain, so in steps an ultimate über-assassin,…

Crashing Heaven: a clash of digital deities

In this future, computer intelligences are neither servants nor enemies of mankind. They have become gods. Seemingly benevolent, corporate, near omnipotent entities. And like the old gods of myth they are as indulgent and feckless and untrustworthy as any independent individual with its own agenda. Humanity meanwhile lives in a multi-layered artificial habitat, submerged in…

Bank Holiday book binge

Folks in the UK have a long weekend looming – the perfect opportunity to grab some quality time with your favourite author. Or maybe experiment with new writers, different characters and strange situations. Here’s some suggestions from the MMM TBR shelf: crime-thrillers, murder-mysteries, Nordic noir, cosy crime, sci-fi, fantasy and crossover titles from well-known and…

Three Twisted Stories: surprising from start to finish

One novella, two short stories. All utterly unexpected – not least because I’d grabbed this anthology thinking it was by one of my favourite Scandinavian authors, Karin Fossum. Oops. Instead, the writer is another famous name in crime-thrillers, Karin Slaughter. Easy mistake to make… although their books are radically different. Fossum’s idiosyncratic police procedural featuring…

Four Cornered: sharp blades and blunt instruments

Just published, Four Cornered is an action-packed quick thriller featuring covert operative JJ Stoner, who uses sharp blades and blunt instruments to discreetly solve problems for the UK government. A static stake-out rapidly escalates into live fire, but Stoner is distracted by two killer women. Suddenly, what should have been a ‘routine conversation’ with a…