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This (Prayer for the Dead) will be my last submission to the original MEAN STREETS review blog, and I will be reposting it on a new blog which I hope will be followed by all the old MEAN STREETS devotees. … Continue reading

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PRAYER for the DEAD – James Oswald

Reporter Jo Dalgleish is not one of Inspector Tony McLean’s favourite people, but he cannot totally avoid her plea to help find her missing colleague. Then his body is found in a carefully staged and bizarre condition in a cave … Continue reading

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Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

A married couple moves from New York to Sticksville, USA. A once good marriage has deteriorated badly and when Amy disappears, people start to question Nick’s motives. And when evidence starts to turn up suggesting that Nick may be a … Continue reading

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CRITICS are quite often wide of the mark when they try to cite the influences for my Tartan Noir protagonist Gus Dury. I’ve heard Gus likened to Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus; Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, and even the psychotic ‘Begbie’ … Continue reading

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Blood Relative by David Thomas

A review from RAVENPASSER posted by us! What a premise – and what a let down. Architect Peter Crookham (Crookham??) has a perfect life – and a perfect wife. You know the kind – gorgeous, legs up to wherever, clever, … Continue reading

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Killer Move, by Michael Marshall

A funny, beautifully written book. But aimed at who exactly? This man has piles and piles of talent, but the result (at least here) isn’t quite satisfying. Michael Marshall is a wonderful, quotable writer. Here’s a snippet: Janine was in … Continue reading

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The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino

A terrific battle of wits between two great brains, ending with a lovely trick denouement. This book sold 2,000,000 copies in Japan and catapulted its author to stardom. I can see why. The blurb on the back of the book … Continue reading

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The CWA Dagger in the Library, 2011

A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE GOES TO: In Harrogate during the Theakstone Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on 22 July, Mo Hayder was named as the winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library award for 2011. Her work was … Continue reading

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Down these Mean Streets

Raymond Chandler was the man who reinvented crime fiction. He took murder out of the country house – away from all those baronets killed by unlikely means in their libraries or smoking rooms – and put it back where it … Continue reading

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