Typhoon: China spies

An old-school espionage adventure, set in the recent past in Hong Kong, Typhoon explores that pivotal moment when one of the last outposts of England’s old empire faded from Britain’s history and into China’s future. Cumming has an unfussy writing style which at times borders on the basic. There are a couple of segments in…

Moskva: cold war killers

A fascinating, absorbing and entirely gripping read. Moskva is almost a classic tale of cold warriors, set in Moscow in the mid-1980s, when the red writing was most certainly on the wall. The plot is simple: a missing person. And that’s where the simplicity ends. The missing person is the British ambassador’s daughter, a rebellious…

Serpents In The City: a smart political thriller

This savvy political thriller turned out to be a treat. It’s topical and intelligent with engaging, credible characters and a clever, convoluted plot. Author HN Wake delivers authentic action, narrative satisfaction and a resounding resolution which balances the book’s occasionally downbeat themes with a gratifying payoff. If that hasn’t sold you on the story, then…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

  Enjoy the long dark evenings with this selection of just-released classic crime, short stories, military thrillers, political intrigue, espionage adventures, police procedurals and whodunnits. The murders occur in days gone by or the here-and-now, from award-winning writers, indie authors, small publishers and famous names… RULER OF THE NIGHT by David Morrell Classic crime. Immerse…

The Stalin Epigram: a story of Soviet oppression

Robert Littell normally writes intelligent, engaging espionage adventures which embroider upon historical events. Here he ventures further into the field of literary historical fiction to explore one aspect of life in the Soviet Union at the time of Stalin’s totalitarian regime in the 1930s. It’s not a comfortable experience, as Littell very effectively destroys the…

Closed Circuit: a quiet kind of conspiracy thriller

A clever, low-key thriller, Closed Circuit has more in common with Tinker Tailor than Jason Bourne. It’s a typically English conspiracy, exploring similar issues of modern political morality as Bill Nighy’s Page Eight, and harking back to the days of Sandbaggers and beyond. This is most definitely not a running / shooting / shouting action-adventure…