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THE KILL LIST – Frederick Forsyth

 As current as drone strikes and flying cameras at 60,000 feet, as precise as Day of the Jackal, with chronological events unfolding like tomorrow’s headlines, this is another gripping Forsyth winner. He gets away with dozens of POVs, supposedly a … Continue reading

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Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

Tense, dramatic plot with many pacy twists and turns to keep the reader guessing right up to the end. David Raker finds missing persons – he never gives up, that’s his motivation – but when he takes on an assignment … Continue reading

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Hell to Pay by George P Pelecanos

Gripping US street-crime noir-thriller set in Washington DC. Multi-layered novel of violence and despair – with dreams of a better future shattered at every turn. Orion fiction blurb sets the scene: private investigators, Derek Strange and Terry Quinn are used … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French

A man’s naked body is discovered in the flat of a woman too mentally disordered to tell the police who he is or how he got there. A cool, sophisticated and supremely competent investigation from two-in-one Nicci (Gerrard) and (Sean) … Continue reading

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The Killing House by Chris Mooney; too complicated by half.

Plot 1: a child abducted years ago – super-creepy kidnapper murders parents. Plot 2: ace escapologist/wronged FBI most-wanted pursues kidnapper. Plot 3: FBI master-mind pursues pursuer. Chris Mooney admits that this book was ‘especially difficult’. That should have told him … Continue reading

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Crocodile Tears by Mark O’Sullivan (Transworld Ireland)

As Dublin braces itself for a blizzard, a wealthy property developer is found murdered. So far Mark O’Sullivan is best known as a writer for young adults, but that’s going to change. This is a rich beginning. Both the Republic … Continue reading

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The Potters Field by Andrea Camilleri

Captivating murder mystery set in Sicily. Great characterisation and sparkling dialogue. The hand-out by Mantle publishers sets the scene: While Vigàta (Sicily) is wracked by storms, Inspector Montalbano is called out to attend the discovery of a dismembered body in … Continue reading

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Below the Thunder by Robin Duval

Slow-burning tale of international conspiracy, self-discovery and love The hand-out by Matador books sets out the story quite succinctly as follows: Fortyish professor Bryn Williams enjoys the simple things in life – history books, real ale and Wagner. So when, … Continue reading

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Natural Causes by James Oswald

The first in the DI McLean series: intriguing, moderately paced and with a tinge of the supernatural. Edinburgh: A young girl’s mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room on the outskirts of the city. Her remains are carefully arranged, … Continue reading

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The Asylum by Johan Theorin

A slow-burning, Swedish psychological thriller that leaves you chilled to the bone. Jan applies for a job at the Dell Nursery, but this is not any ordinary nursery. The Dell Nursery is attached to St Patricia’s, a secure psychiatric hospital, … Continue reading

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