The Jealousy Man: a complicated compilation

A collection of short stories and novellas from one of the best Scandi writers around? Count me in. I think I actually drooled at the idea of an anthology of self-contained tales from the dark side by the author who gave us the Harry Hole series and superb standalone novels like the ridiculously brilliant Headhunters.…

Threads In Dew: short, sharp and savage

This collection of half a dozen short stories is like a needle: sharply honed, painfully to the point. None of them make for comfortable reading: in a few brief pages they deliver a disconcerting and discordant viewpoint from a series of snapshot situations. This is genuine contemporary noir which breaks boundaries and refuses to be…

Environmentally Friendly: man against nature

Author Elias Zanbaka crams a stack of action into precious few pages in this rapid-fire short story, which turns out to be the perfect length for a coffee break. He breaks almost every writing convention and hurls the reader into a non-stop heart-pumping pursuit through the crowded streets of Los Angeles. The writing is raw…

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…

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…

Katla Killfiles: total tradecraft

To repeatedly get away with murder for money, a female assassin must be calculating, careful and somewhat cold-hearted. Katla Sieltjes is all of the above, and much more. In the Killfiles short stories she comes across as an intelligent, accomplished and cautious professional. Skilled, trained and experienced in dealing death to her commercial targets. Imagine…