Rapid Reviews: short, sweet and savage

Cops, robbers, spies and killers: here’s half a dozen crime-thrillers with a little bit of everything – including a blood-soaked American roadtrip, top-notch Nordic noir, British political conspiracy, psychopathic siblings and the John Cardinal book they didn’t make into a TV series… ROBBERS by Christopher Cook One of those one-hit-wonder authors who delivered brilliance and…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

Ready to hit the beach? Don’t forget to take a stack of crime thrillers, espionage adventures and murder mysteries with you. Here’s the latest new publications from indie authors and bestselling big names, from hardboiled pulp fiction to Nordic noir, spy stories to high-tech thrillers, police procedurals and political conspiracies. Expect the unexpected! THE RUSSIAN…

Eighteen Below: a twist at every turn

Although it’s set in Sweden, this ripping thriller has more in common with mainstream American crime-fiction than the typical thoughtful, slow-burn Scandi crime. It’s all about the action and less about atmosphere – a fast-paced ensemble investigation, not a moody, windswept sonnet to the isolated solitude of the Nordic spirit. It’s certainly a lot more…

Movie Monday: crime and punishment

From Nordic noir to Icelandic angst, big-bucks blockbusters to low-budget B-movies – here’s six flicks you might find flickering across your screen sometime soon. We steer you towards the ones to seek out, and suggest a couple which you might want to swerve around…   88 Billed as a cross between Memento and Kill Bill,…

Dept Q: inside the cold cases

Fans of superior Scandi crime are in for a total treat this week when the new Department Q book by Jussi Adler-Olsen is released. We’ve been lucky enough to read it already – and it is flat-out fabulous. Come back on Friday to find out all about The Scarred Woman. But what if you haven’t…

Classic Crime: The Iron Chariot

This is a brand-new translation of a Norwegian novel that’s more than 100 years old – so don’t pick it up expecting cutting-edge Scandi crime or the bleak brutality of Nordic noir. Instead The Iron Chariot offers a nostalgic interlude in the golden age of the private detective. Puzzle-solver and independent investigator Asbjørn Krag is…

The Son: exploring the sins of the father

The Son is a skilful Scandinavian interpretation of that favourite crime-thriller staple: the revenge story. It covers the usual ground: an unjustly convicted / victimised protagonist who experiences a moment of revelation; turns the table on his tormentors, wreaks rather gory and well-deserved retaliation upon all those associated with his downfall – but in an…