Rezension: Philip Kerr: „Berlin Noir“

Bernie Gunther is one of us. He is one of all of us. In him, Kerr has created a fictional immortal, whose grim investigations into the very worst of the human experience must one day be brought to the big screen, or, better yet, to prime-time television.

Rezension: Edward Jay Epstein: „The Annals of Unsolved Crime“

Edward Jay Epstein is an American investigative journalist, now in his late seventies, who has spent at least half a century trying to find answers to the troubling theories and nagging questions that always swirl around notorious crimes.

Rezension: James Scudamore: „Wreaking“

An abandoned lunatic asylum, a nasty pornographer in a wheelchair, a vast henchman, a mother who hears angels telling her she must harm her child: these are some of the places and people to be found in James Scudamore’s new novel.

Rezension: Joseph Clyde: „A State of Fear“

„A State of Fear“, Joseph Clyde’s new thriller, stands out for many reasons. Thrillers only work if they are thrilling, and Clyde’s description of the search for the terrorist who planted a dirty bomb in central London keeps the reader fascinated.

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Kurzrezensionen: Kelly, MacBride, Shepherd, Wilson

This time Andrew Taylor reviews Erin Kelly’s third book, „The Burning Air,“ Stuart MacBride’s „Close to the Bone“, Lynn Shepherd’s „Treacherous Likeness“ and Robert Wilson’s „Capital Punishment“.

Rezension: Ferdinand von Schirach: „Crime and Guilt“

The way von Schirach presents the evidence of each case is often such as to suggest that anyone could lose one’s head at any time. Most troubling is the fact that that moment is rarely premeditated.

Rezension: William Landay: „Defending Jacob“

No matter what anyone might say, no one ever really likes other people’s children. Now, it seems, we’re not even sure if we like our own. Children became a cause for concern during the 70s. It seemed the fruits of the loins of baby boomers had been spoiled rotten.

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Across the literary pages: Hilary Mantel: „Bring Up the Bodies“

Hilary Mantel dominates the bank holiday books pages. „Bring Up The Bodies“, the sequel to the Booker winning „Wolf Hall“, will be published this Thursday, and the acclaim has already begun.

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Interview: Tim Weiner

Weiner won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 reporting on black budget spending at the Pentagon and the CIA, and has spent the succeeding 24 years examining the American intelligence community. He is in London promoting his latest book, „Enemies: A history of the FBI“.

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Artikel: 100 years on, the un-dead are in better shape than ever

It is, of course, entirely appropriate that the estate of Bram Stoker should choose to mark the 100th anniversary of the author’s death this year with a series of events, such as the publication of Bram Stoker’s „Lost Journal,“ and a special edition of „Dracula“.

Kurzrezension: A. D. Miller: »Snowdrops«

»Snowdrops«, A. D. Miller’s literary thriller, has to qualify as the book I was ›most unable to put down‹ this year. It’s set in a contemporary Moscow which I instantly recognised — glamorous, vicious, amoral and terrifying all at once.

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Miniinterview: Ian Rankin

This week Ian Rankin tells us which Jilly Cooper heroine he would sleep with and the title he’d give his self-help book.

Artikel: The thrill of déjà-lu

Anyone who’s been charged with plagiarism knows there are two ways to save face. Either own up and claim you were making a statement, or deny, like I did when accused of copying Tacitus in my A-Level history coursework.

Rezension: Kerry Wilkinson: »Locked in«

Four months ago, the most remarkable thing about Wilkinson was that, at the age of 30, he was a part-time magistrate, handing out fines to local miscreants. Today, he is the UK’s most successful self-published novelist, with sales of more than 50,000.

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Rezension: P. D. James: »Death comes to Pemberley«

»I have to apologise to Jane Austen for involving her Elizabeth in a murder investigation but this fusion of my two enthusiasms, for the novels of Jane Austen and for writing detective stories, has given me great pleasure which I hope will be shared by my readers.«

Artikel: A most unlikely hero

What is it about George Smiley that makes him translate so well onto the screen? The man doesn’t fight, he doesn’t gamble, and he barely seems to notice women – in fact the only hobby that appears to brighten him up a bit is a homely interest in old books..