Kurzrezensionen: Lemaitre, Pelecanos, Lancet, Sundstol

Marilyn Stasio reviews „Alex“ by the fashionable French author Pierre Lemaitre, „The Double“ by George Pelecano, „Japantown“ by Barry Lancet and „The Land of Dreams“ by Vidar Sundstol.

Rezension: Ivy Pochoda: „Visitation Street“

At the end of the day, Pochoda’s „Visitation Street“ has given Banerjee more respect for Denis Lehane, for choosing such a nuanced story about urban America. Hopefully, the imprint will continue to find authors who aren’t afraid to go beyond labels and safe places.

Artikel: Tom Clancy: An appreciation

Tom Clancy was an author who created stories from the raw material of a real world in conflict. He conquered one media platform after another.

Rezensionen: 2x Marisha Pessl: „Night Film“

At the outset of the book, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova, daughter of famed and reclusive horror film director Stanislas Cordova, is found dead, an apparent suicide. “There’s something he does to the children”, an anonymous caller claims.

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Rezension: William Boyd: „Solo“

Several unusual incidents occur during the course of „Solo,“ the latest attempt to prolong the literary existence of James Bond. A Bond book is a tough gig, but Boyd’s authentically written attempt entertains more than it exasperates.

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Rezension: Stephen King: „Doctor Sleep“ (Hörbuch)

To the stellar ranks of Stephen King’s audiobook narrators add Will Patton, doing justice to King’s „Doctor Sleep.“

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Rezension: Daniel Woodrell: „The Maid’s Version“

Daniel Woodrell’s ninth novel investigates the intricate, fraught bonds of community. Here is a story that penetrates the secrets that an Ozarks town keeps and the punishments it inflicts on anyone who exposes them.

Rezension: Jeffery Deaver: „The October List“

It begins at the end, and you still won’t believe your eyes when you get to the final page of thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver’s beguiling new novel „The October List.“ He promises readers one hell of a ride.

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Portrait: Alistair MacLean

At the height of his renown, back in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Scottish adventure-thriller writer Alistair MacLean rivaled even Agatha Christie as a best-seller. More than a dozen motion pictures were adapted from MacLean’s yarns.

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Artikel: Two very different approaches to crime writing

Craig Russell and Val McDermid are both Scottish crime writers who grew up in Fife. But there the similiarities end, finds Tom Chivers in Segovia.

Rezension: Jane O’Connor: „Almost True Confession“

Rannie doesn’t commit crimes; she’s far too conscientious to do anything unkind,  (she’s even nice to her ex-husband and has weekly dinners with her former mother-in-law). No, Rannie solves crimes, to the bemusement of everyone who knows her — including herself.

Kurzrezensionen: Shaw, Hand, Minier, Leitch, McBeth

Laura Wilson reviews five new crime novels: „A Song from Dead Lips“ by William Shaw, „Available Dark“ by Elizabeth Hand, „The Frozen Dead“ by Bernard Minier, „Seeking Mr Hare“ by Maurice Leitch and „Precious Thing“ by Colette McBeth.

Artikel: Nordic noir’s sexual violence attacked by British crime writer

Bestselling detective story author Ann Cleeves condemns gruesome scenes, the treatment of women and morbid tone of Scandinavian books and TV dramas.

Rezension: Stephen King: „Doctor Sleep“

„Doctor Sleep“ is a sequel to one of King’s most famous works, „The Shining.“ In the concluding author’s note, King admits that sequels are almost never as good as the originals, and „nothing can live up to the memory of a good scare“.

Portrait: John le Carré

In 1963 „The Spy Who Came in from the Cold“ was published. It was the third novel from John le Carré and it changed the face of the thriller genre forever.

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Kurzrezensionen: Grafton, Lawton, Faye, Indridason

This time Marilyn Stasio reviews „W is for Wasted“ by Sue Grafton (still settled the materialistic 1980s), „Then We Take Berlin“ by John Lawton, „Seven for a Secret“ by Lyndsay Faye and „Black Skies“ by Arnaldur Indridason.

Rezension: Stephen King: „Doctor Sleep“

„Doctor Sleep“ is Stephen King’s latest novel, and it’s a very good specimen of the quintessential King blend. King’s inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: “Doctor Sleep” has all the virtues of his best work.

Interview: Stephen King

More than 30 years after Stephen King first terrified readers with „The Shining“, he’s written a sequel, drawing on his alcoholism and a near-death experience. He talks about being a drunk father and why the Twilight series is just „tweenager porn“.

Artikel: Criminal Record

Marilyn Stasio has now been on the case for 25 years. In Sept 1988 Stasio took over the Crime column from her predecessor, Newgate Callendar. She’s been grading detective work ever since.

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Rezension: Anthony De Sa: „Kicking the Sky“

Antonio’s voice is aptly callow, yet lucid; his author’s savvy comes through but rarely intrudes. As he ramps up for his final act the shocks and heart-tugs lose some subtlety and arrive with improbable frequency.

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Rezension: Thomas Pynchon: „Bleeding Edge“

All of Pynchon’s works are crammed with cultural references; here they seem less mysterious and significant than in previous novels. In „Bleeding Edge,“ Pynchon seems like a kid playing in a ball pit, having lot of fun tossing around whatever is brightly colored.

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Rezension: Joyce Maynard: „After Her“

The strength of suspense novel „After her“ is in its depiction of the relationship between teen sisters and their father. Maynard develops this suspense novel out of a kernel of true crime.