Livia Lone: a killer woman

  Stop right here if you can’t abide a moral crusade. Right on the zeitgeist, author Barry Eisler follows in the footsteps of writers like Andrew Vachss with his latest standalone thriller. The protagonist is Livia who, superficially, looks like the typical kickass feisty female vigilante investigator. She has Olympic class martial arts skills, gets…

Alphabet House: worthy but wordy

Let’s start by directly contradicting the marketing blurb. This is not a ‘gripping psychological war thriller’, nor is it ‘a great introduction’ to Jussi Adler-Olsen, better known for his Department Q Scandi crime / Nordic noir series. Alphabet House is a much earlier work, originally published in 1997 and it was Olsen’s first foray into…

Snow Flurries: cold war consequences

Historical fiction doesn’t pay much attention to the German Democratic Republic. East Germany, we called it, the subjugated ruin of half a country which didn’t benefit from a Marshall Plan but which instead spent 41 years in the chilling isolation of the cold war, on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. In four short…

The Disappearance: compelling Eurocrime

A teenage girl goes missing on midsummer night, after a festival. As it becomes obvious that she’s not coming home, and the police investigation moves from initial disinterest to a potential murder hunt, so it’s revealed that Lea was a young woman with many secrets. And she’s not the only one: just about everyone in…

KILLING ME SOFTLY … Frank Westworth

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While waiting for his new quick thriller to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world, author Frank Westworth considers creative ways to kill people… Killer thrillers demand thrilling killers, no? I mean … that’s the whole point of them, surely. It is entirely unclear why so many folk are fascinated by creative…

Come Twilight: a move into the mainstream?

The earlier books in the Long Beach homicide series were as much about physical and psychological pain as they were police procedurals. ‘A King Of Infinite Space’ was hard-edged and fast flowing, written with considerable flair. ‘The Pain Scale’ was mature, modern noir which explored the consequences of a debilitating injury and chronic pain – how that…

Tin Sky: meticulous history; convoluted mystery

Set in a period of peculiar stillness between cataclysmic WW2 battles, Tin Sky is a meticulous historical novel constructed around not one but two locked-room murder mysteries. Deeply scarred after barely surviving the horrors of Stalingrad, career Wehrmacht cavalry officer Martin Bora is assembling a new force in preparation for the coming conflict at Kursk.…