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.
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.
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.
Vyleta is Czech by parental nationality, German by birth and upbringing, British by education, Canadian by choice (or chance?), and Viennese in his fervid imagination. His novels are equally hybrid, and wonderfully post-genre, creatures both fantastic and believable.
Sarah Weinman reviews some of the best recent publications in crime writing. This time she presents Simone St. James‘ latest novel „An Inquiry Into Love and Death,“ Sean Slaters „The Guilty“ and „The Scarlet Macaw“ by S.P. Hozy.
A true crime narrative should make your flesh crawl. Robert Kolker’s „Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Tragedy“, the story of five prostitutes murdered by a serial killer, or killers, operating in Long Island in recent years, fits that bill.
It was the beginning of a tectonic shift in the television landscape. Long-held conventions were trampled, whether by introducing deeply flawed protagonists such as Tony Soprano or by telling stories that were complex and highly serialized.
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.
In the crime novels of the 20th century Travis McGee stands as a hero like no other. Neither a police detective nor a private eye, he fills a professional niche he invented for himself.
„The Demonologist“ is a literary horror story that values smarts over scares, though there are plenty of both. If you strip away the demons and ghosts, the possessions and hallucinations, it is about a father and daughter, and how far a parent will go to protect a child.
The Story Behind The Story is a feature in which authors reflect on a passage from their latest work. Today, Ian Hamilton discusses his latest Ava Lee novel, „The Scottish Banker of Surabaya“.
Sarah Weinman reviews Ian Hamilton’s new Ava Lee novel „The Scottish Banker of Surabaya“, Alan Bradley’s fifth novel in the Flavia de Luce series – „Speaking From Among the Bones“ and Peggy Blair’s „The Poisoned Pawn.“