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.

Rezension: Dan Vyleta: „The Crooked Maid“

„The Crooked Maid“ examines identity in the aftermath of large-scale, national trauma. As Vyleta says in his acknowledgments, the novel takes place in a country trying to identify itself as coerced into a relationship with Nazi Germany, “rather than its willing bride.”

Rezension: Linwood Barclay: „A Tap on the Window“

Toronto-based thriller writer Linwood Barclay has many admirers, including such superstars as Michael Connelly, Peter Robinson, Robert Crais and Stephen King who provided a fulsome blurb for „Trust Your Eyes“, Barclay’s previous novel.

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Kurzrezensionen: Burke, Downing, Webster, Box

Margaret Cannon reviews some of the most interesting new crime fiction publications like James Lee Burke’s „The Light of the World“, „Masaryk Station“ by David Downing, „The Anarchist Detective“ by Jason Webster and C.J. Box’s latest novel „The Highway“.

Rezensionen: Shrier, Fradkin, Nakamura, Brown

Margaret Cannon reviews some of the most interesting new crime fiction: Howard Shrier’s „Miss Montreal“, Barbara Fradkin’s „The Whisper of Legends“, Fuminori Nakamura’s „The Evil and the Mask“ and E.R. Brown’s „Almost Criminal“.

Rezension: John le Carré: „A Delicate Truth“

„A Delicate Truth“ is a story of outsourced corporate warfare set against a hunt for an international terrorist, and it stars an evil politician, his whistle-blowing assistant, a bumbling civil-service professional, and a good ol’ boy Welsh Special Forces soldier.

Rezension: Claire Messud: „The Woman Upstairs“

Messud, the least myopic of artists, has written a tale whose uneasy energy derives from the imploded diffidence of its protagonist, a woman whose fault lies not in the absence of ruth, but in her failure to fully realize herself.

Rezensionen: Vargas, Batten, Leon, Cotterill

Margaret Cannon reviews some of the most promising new crime novels like Fred Vargas‘ „The Ghost Riders of Ordebec,“ Jack Batten’s „Take Five,“ Donna Leon’s „The Golden Egg“ and Colin Cotterill’s „The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die.“

Interview: Kate Atkinson

Unlike most successful novelists who can thrive no matter what reviewers say, Kate Atkinson admits to reading what they write about her. And why not? The notices for her most recent novel, „Life After Life“, have been nothing but good.

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Rezensionen: Taylor, Krueger, Martin, Buonaguro & Kirk

Margaret Cannon reviews some of the most interesting new crime fiction: Andrew Taylor’s „The Scent of Death,“ William Kent Krueger’s „Ordinary Grace,“ Didier Daeninckx‘ „A Very Profitable War“ and Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk’s „The Wolves Of St. Peter’s.“

Rezension: Robert J. Sawyer: „Red Planet Blues“

Life on Mars: It’s a violent and dull affair. At least according to „Red Planet Blues“, the new novel by Sawyer, who is by any measure one of the world’s leading (and most interesting) science-fiction writers. It’s a self-styled hard-boiled noir that never quite firms up.

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Rezension: Kate Atkinson: „Life After Life“

In Kate Atkinson’s literally fantastic new novel „Life After Life“, Ursula Todd, born on a snowy night in 1910, is given not the gift of life, but of many lives. But are all these parallel lives a blessing or a curse?

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Rezensionen: Haas, Masterman, Ace and Mason

Margaret Cannon reviews four new Thriller: „The Bone Man“ by the Austrias best-know crime writer Wolf Haas, „Rage Against The Dying“ by Becky Masterman, „The Corpse With The Golden Nose“ by Cathy Ace and „Three Graves Full“ by Jamie Mason.

Beitrag: Thriller set in Havana captures the wreckage of Cuba’s revolution

Author Jose Latour shares his darkest thoughts. They focus on his native country, Cuba, and the disaster he foresees following the inevitable collapse of its geriatric communism.

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Kurzrezensionen: Rotenberg, Hunter, Davidson, Crais

Margaret Cannon reviews some of the latst crime fiction: „A Murder Of Crows“ by David Rotenberg, Stephen Hunter’s „The Thrid Bullet,“ Hilary Davidson’s „Evil In All Its Disguises“ and Robert Crais latest novel „Suspect“

Rezension: Andrew Pyper: „The Demonologist“

There are some huge leaps of faith and a lot of suspension of disbelief required to enjoy the story, but as a thriller, „The Demonologist“ has all the twisting excitement of a Dan Brown novel, and all the lurid, gory violence of a Stieg Larsson. It’s a page-turner.

Rezensionen: Soderberg, Laukkanen, G. B. Joyce, Legault

Margaret Cannon on Alexander Soderberg’s terrific novel „The Andalucian Friend“, „Criminal Enterprise“ by Owen Laukkanen, „The Black Ace“ by G. B. Joyce and „The Third Riel Conspiracy“ by Stephen Legault.

Artikel: Dutch author Herman Koch has mastered the non-feel-good novel

For any readers curious as to what passions roil beneath the placid surface of enlightened European society, author Herman Koch offers disturbing revelations.

Rezension: Owen Fitzstephen: „Hammett Unwritten“

Owen Fitzstephen’s „Hammett Unwritten“ is a novel with a real person, mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, as its main character, with a plot inspired by Hammett’s 1930 classic noir novel „The Maltese Falcon“.

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Rezension: James Lasdun: „Give Me Everything You Have“

No book I’ve read has ever covered the subject in more emotional depth and with deeper intellectual analysis than „Give Me Everything You Have“, Lasdun’s intensely personal account of five years – and counting – of living hell.

Kurzrezensionen: Block, Blair, Ohlsson, Kellerman

Margaret Cannon reviews four new crime novels: Lawrence Block’s „Hit Me“, Peggy Blair’s „The Poisoned Pawn“, Kristina Ohlsson’s „Silenced“ and Jonathan Kellerman’s new Detective Milo Sturgis novel „Guilt“.

Rezensionen: Thomas, Hawley, McKinty, Heffernan

Margaret Cannon presents „The Midwife’s Tale“ by Sam Thomas, „The Good Father“ by Noah Hawley, „The Cold Cold Ground“ by Adrian McKinty and „When Johnny Came Marching Home“ by William Heffernan.