One Last Prayer For The Rays: gritty BritCrime

This is no humdrum parochial British police procedural – in fact, with all the pigs, blood, gore, kidnapping and brutality it’s more like Hannibal than Morse. Which of course snagged my attention at the get-go… The gruesome abduction of a loner schoolboy is just the start of a deftly executed campaign of revenge against an…

Nightfall Berlin: another brick in the wall

In the mid-1980s, just as Cold War tensions appear to be easing, Major Tom Fox is sent on an unusual mission to bring back a defector from behind the Iron Curtain. In no time flat he’s accused of murder, abandoned by his agency and left to fend for himself on the bleak streets of Berlin…

When You Run With Wolves: brutal brilliance

This action-packed, sweat-soaked, robbery-gone-wrong would make an amazing movie in the Reservoir Dogs genre. It certainly makes for a damn fine white-knuckle ride in the written form. Author Robert White plunges you straight into the deep end, hip-high in blunt force trauma, kidney-pulverising punishment, and the kind of involuntary amputations that’d make Quentin Tarantino wince.…

Dire Covenants: a conspiracy in the suburbs

Meet Detective Katie Callahan and her partner, Donald Dombrowski. She’s got something of a short fuse but makes all the right intellectual connections: he’s a solidly dependable investigator. Neither has much of a rewarding private life but they’re both dedicated to the job – which is just as well, because this mystery will test their…

Witness Statement: author Keith Nixon

Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray is haunted by a case he simply couldn’t solve. A missing kid: a devastated mother; a distraught father. A decade later later he’s called to an apparent suicide, the death of a 16 year old young man. A lad of the same age as the missing boy. The missing boy… who…

Chase: cinema for your Kindle

A rollicking action-thriller, ‘Chase’ is an intriguing proposition on many levels. It’s part of the German KopfKino series: Theatre of the Mind. These offer the same length and style of entertainment you’d expect to get from a movie, but in book form. So this novella will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. It’s…

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…