A Deadly Divide: Canada’s cultural schism

I’m a fan of ‘international crime’ in general and of Canadian thrillers in particular, and of novels which use this genre to get to grips with difficult issues. So although this was my first encounter with Detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty, the situation – a small Quebecois community – grabbed me straight away. So…

Death In Shangri-La: international action

A wayward son, a special agent seeking redemption, the terrorist threat, an arms deal gone wrong – these are the average elements of any old crime-thriller. In ‘Death In Shangri-La’ they’re given energetic impetus against an exquisite international backdrop of exotic locations. Simultaneously, the author incorporates some serious metaphysical heft, introducing themes and personalities from…

London Rules: more horseplay

As with his previous ‘Slough House’ spook stories, Mick Herron launches London Rules with a simply gob-smacking opening chapter. You think you understand exactly what’s happening – just another terrorist atrocity among the daily diet of disaster – and then he pulls the rug right out from under with a single didn’t-see-that-coming sentence. It’s absurdly…