Rezension: Stephen King: “Doctor Sleep”

“Doctor Sleep” has its own vivid frightscape, one that’s not too derivative of “The Shining.” And it’s scary enough to match the first book, though not better or scarier. King has in recent years created much more fully imagined characters than he did in his 100-proof horror days.

Rezension: Charlotte Gray: “The Massey Murder”

Charlotte Gray’s very readable account of a 1915 murder trial is really about the sort of society Canada was back then. It was a period, Gray reminds us, of great prosperity in Canada, and in Toronto particularly.

Artikel: 11 Most Evil Characters in Books

Evil is one of those capital-letter themes in literature. It’s right up there with Love, Death, Beauty, Friendship and Fate. Maybe that’s because Evil, like Death, catches us off guard. Author Koren Zailckas picked 11 of her favorite evil characters.

Kurzrezensionen: Penny, Black, Robinson, Hamilton, Amstrong u.a.

Margaret Cannon takes a look at “How The Light Gets In” by Louise Penny, “Holy Orders” by Benjamin Black, “Children Of The Revolution” by Peter Robinson, “Let It Burn” by Steve Hamilton, “Omens” by Kelley Armstrong and others.

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Rezension: Thomas Pynchon: “Bleeding Edge”

The horror of the Sept. 11 attacks and the fallout from them, of course, embody virtually all the central themes of Mr. Pynchon’s work: his apocalyptic sense of a nightmarish modern world where we are left to deal with the “slow escalation of our helplessness and terror”.

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Kurzrezensionen: Christine DeSmet, Kaitlyn Dunnett, Jenn McKinlay,Laurien Berenson & Kate Collins

5 new murder mysteries with sweet overtones: ”First-Degree Fudge”, by Christine DeSmet;  ”Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones”, by Kaitlyn Dunnett; “Cloche and Dagger”, by Jenn McKinlay and a lot of more mystery novels.

Artikel: Leonard Merrick and the case of his unloved female detective

The British Library is bringing back a long-lost Victorian sleuth – despite her author having tried to destroy every copy.

Portrait: James R. Benn

James R. Benn is no ordinary traveler. When he walks the streets of London, combs the beaches at Anzio or scales a mountain peak in Ireland – scouting settings for his Billy Boyle series of mysteries set during World War II – he travels through time and space.

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Interview: Chevy Stevens

Chevy Stevens’ debut novel, “Still Missing”, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel was “Never Knowing” and her latest is “Always Watching”.

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Buchvorstellungen: Eric Ambler, Margery Allingham

Eric Ambler’s masterly 1938 novel, “Epitaph for a Spy,” and the gripping story of a ruthless killer and his victims, hunters and allies, “The Tiger in the Smoke” by Margery Allingham are now published in beautiful illustrated editions.

Kurzrezensionen: Busby, Pelecanos, Hillerman, Paretsky, Cruz Smith, Littell etc.

Pierre Lemaitre on “A Commonplace Killing”, by Siân Busby, “The Double”, by George Pelecanos, ”Spider Woman’s Daughter”, by Anne Hillerman, “Critical Mass”, by Sara Paretsky and …

Rezension: Michael Gruber: “The Return”

At the start of Michael Gruber’s richly rewarding new literary thriller, Richard Marder, a Vietnam veteran turned New York book editor, is mourning his Mexican-born wife’s death when he learns that he has an inoperable brain tumor.

Rezension: Will Jordan: “Sacrifice”

“Sacrifice” is the second novel by Will Jordan, and also the second in his Ryan Drake series. Jordan’s original plan was to become an actor and his casting as a soldier in a film about World War II led him to doing extensive research about weapons and military history

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Artikel: New Poirot book to be published with permission of Agatha Christie’s family

A new Poirot novel is to be written by author Sophie Hannah. He has been resting in retirement for 39 years, but Hercule Poirot is to finally take on a new case after Agatha Christie’s family agreed for a follow-up book to be written.

Nachruf: Elmore Leonard

The sign on the door said “Elmore Leonard, Auditions”. A bullet had splintered the pane above it. Writerley paused, then rang the bell.

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Rezensionen: Terry Hayes, Stephen Lloyd Jones, Christopher J Yates, Koethi Zan, Lisa Appignanesi

Michael Connelly on: “I Am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes, “The String Diaries” by Stephen Lloyd Jones, “Black Chalk” by Christopher J Yates, “The Never List” by Koethi Zan and “Paris Requiem” by Lisa Appignanesi.

Rezension: Lee Child: “Never Go Back”

Lee Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, “Never Go Back,” may be the best desert island reading in the series.

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Kurzrezensionen: Mina, Doughty, Staalesen, Williams

Andrew Taylor reviews four new novels:  “The Red Road” by Denise Mina,  “Apple Tree Yard” by Louise Doughty,  “Cold Hearts” by Gunnar Staalesen and “Unfaithfully Yours” by Nigel Williams.

Interview: Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell, novelist – portrait of the artist. “A very well-known person once said he threw my book out of a taxi window.”

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Rezension: Marisha Pessl: “Night Film”

Labeling the films of enigmatic director Stanislas Cordova “scary” is a grotesque understatement. Cordova – the unseen, menacing, malignant force at the heart of Pessl’s new novel – makes movies that are terrifying.

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Rezension: Marisha Pessl: “Night Film”

Polanski and Kubrick have nothing on Cordova, the cult filmmaker created by Pessl in her much-anticipated second novel, “Night Film”. Sequestered on a giant estate in upstate New York where he shoots his horror films, Cordova hasn’t been seen publicly since 1977.

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Artikel: The king of crime: How writer Elmore Leonard paved the way for Quentin Tarantino

Leonard provided source material for films for well over 50 years. Surprisingly, given his reputation as a crime novelist, his first stories adapted for the screen were Westerns

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