Benjamin Percy is not unlike the characters in his new novel, “Red Moon”. His voice is a deep baritone growl. Sideburns run down his cheekbones. But the feared werewolves in “Red Moon” are (mostly) misunderstood creatures.
“Caught” is an outstanding novel, combining the complexity of the best literary fiction with the page-turning compulsive readability of a thriller. Some of the most interesting writing of our time takes place at the intersection between genre and literature.
Sarah Weinman writes the Crimewave column every month for the Post. This month she read Barbara Fradkin’s “The Whisper of Legends”, Robin Spano’s “Death’s Last Run” and Jack Batten’s “Take Five”.
“The Devil and the Detective”, John Goldbach’s debut novel (though in word-count and content it feels a little closer to novella). Robert James, its protagonist, is a lonesome, contemplative gumshoe with a romantic streak, a bad diet and a paucity of clients.
“Under Budapest” is a page-turner whose author is a brilliant observer of realistic detail, an uncompromising presenter of some fascinating characters, and an interesting adapter of Hungarian slang.
Maybe it’s Swift Current, Saskatchewan’s town motto — “Where life makes sense” — that bothers Brad Shade about the place. Shade, an ex-NHL player, is the hero of G.B. Joyce’s “The Black Ace”, a novel in the vein of a Raymond Chandler thriller.
Laukkanen’s debut thriller arrived with a big splash last year by combining a timely concept — how the economic downtown forces desperate twentysomethings into a “career” kidnapping rich guys for ransom — a concept he returns to in “Criminal Enterprise.”
Pyper is already an international bestseller, so it’s no surprise that people are excited about his newest work. Of his previous novels, I’ve only read The Killing Circle, a 2008 thriller set in Toronto’s literary scene.
The book is billed as “literary horror.” The “literary” moniker is doubtless meant to convey something about the quality of the writing – while some find the term snobbish or pretentious, it’s obviously still considered desirable enough to appear on advertising copies.
The Story Behind The Story is a feature in which authors reflect on a passage from their latest work. Here, Hilary Davidson discusses her latest novel, “Evil In All Its Disguises”. If there’s a common thread that links the principal characters, it’s a lust for revenge.