The Force: American epic

Undoubtedly, this is the great American crime novel of the decade and it’ll be the book which in future everyone will associate with Don Winslow. They’ll probably use it as a required text in literary degree courses – an epic of both grand and human proportions which thoroughly exposes the conflicts in the human condition…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

  As autumn approaches so the evenings lengthen – hurrah! More time to curl up on the sofa with a good book. Here’s a stack of them; cracking crime fiction including the great American novel, medical murders, literary fiction and historical investigations: private eyes, dodgy detective, thrillers, killers and all-action assassins, from world-class writers and…

Charcoal Joe: a masterclass from Walter Mosley

Utterly absorbing, Charcoal Joe yanks you back to LA in 1968, not long after the Watts riots, and it hurls you into the world of Easy Rawlins, a black man at a difficult time, a private investigator passing the prime of his life. It’s been a while since I’ve read any Easy and I’d wondered…

Dark Heart, Heavy Soul: a rogue Russian

Konstantin is a killer. Ex-KGB, ex-FSB, now skulking in the shadows in the run-down seaside towns of Kent, of all places. He dresses like a tramp, bears a bitter grudge from his past life, always checks over his shoulder and rarely fights fair. He’s an excellent operations planner and is known in the worst kind…

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…