At first glance, Gaby Mortimer could almost be a character from “Having It and Eating It”, the novel with which Durrant made her name. She’s the sort of woman who has it all, but, out jogging one morning she discovers a dead body, and her perfect life begins to unravel.
If Winston Smith’s Room 101 nightmare in “Nineteen Eighty-Four” proved too disturbing an image for you, then it’s probably best to steer clear of “Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre, the first thriller by this popular French author to be translated into English.
At the age of 83, with more than 70 books under her belt, she’d be forgiven if her thoughts were beginning to drift towards a gentle exit from the world of letters.
Author says “Doctor Sleep”, due in September, marks a return to the kind of fiction that really frightens readers.
In this week’s programme we track down some of the hottest American crime writers, and investigate the tradition that has created them. Wwith Gillian Flynn, Joseph Wambaugh, Michael Koryta and Peter Messent.
“It’s easy to kill a man,” you’re told by your omniscient narrator (more on the second person later). “It’s hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way.”
Did anyone really believe Ian Rankin was going to stop writing about John Rebus, the cantankerous, alcoholic detective who was retired by his creator, to much mourning, in 2006? In his latest novel, the dinosaur detective returns to run riot in a PC world.
Irish crime novelist and journalist Gene Kerrigan wins this year’s Gold Dagger Award for “The Rage”, a “complex noir thriller that’s multi-layered and solidly written, with great style and pace”, as judges described it.
A long-lost essay by Agatha Christie that was commissioned by the government in 1945 to sing the praises of British crime fiction has finally seen the light of day.
Authors are increasingly being exposed for fabricating glowing reviews for their own books. But why risk ridicule for the sake of a good writeup?
Born in 1958, Deon Meyer is one of South Africa’s top thriller authors.His novels are translated into 25 languages and have won him awards from around the world. He talks about storytelling, credibility and how crime fiction relates to society.
Tana French is not one of those authors who can recite well-worn histories of childhoods spent writing stories, publications in school magazines, dreams of one day being published. A successful actor, she’d never even tried to write a novel when …
Denise Mina’s story of suicide and murder during the financial crisis, “The End of the Wasp Season”, has won the Theakstons Old Peculier crime novel of the year award, beating J. Connolly, C. Brookmyre and SJ Watson to take one of the UK’s top crime fiction prizes.
Austen’s early novel is to be reimagined by the bestselling crime author for a modern audience, as a suspense-filled teen thriller.
It’s possibly the most perfect post-crash setting for a slice of genuinely disturbing horror: an Irish housing estate built during the height of the boom years, now mostly empty and abandoned, half-finished, horribly symbolic.
Dexter, who began writing mysteries on a family holiday in 1973 after retiring from a 13-year teaching career, introduced readers to Inspector Morse in 1975, with his debut, “Last Bus to Woodstock”.
For the fourth year running, the author of “The Da Vinci Code” heads the list of writers most frequently donated to Oxfam charity shops.
Tributes flood in after sudden death at 45 of writer whose books were called “the intelligent reader’s answer to ‘The Da Vinci Code’”.
Ebook trailblazer’s new whodunnit will appear only in print, but next year’s “Shining” sequel will be available in both formats. - Stephen King’s digital publication of “Riding the Bullet” in 2000 made him one of the pioneers of the ebook movement.
In an expletive-filled condemnation of America’s tax system, the bestselling novelist says wealthy Americans have a ‘moral imperative’ to pay higher taxes.