Several unusual incidents occur during the course of „Solo,“ the latest attempt to prolong the literary existence of James Bond. A Bond book is a tough gig, but Boyd’s authentically written attempt entertains more than it exasperates.
Laura Wilson reviews five new crime novels: „A Song from Dead Lips“ by William Shaw, „Available Dark“ by Elizabeth Hand, „The Frozen Dead“ by Bernard Minier, „Seeking Mr Hare“ by Maurice Leitch and „Precious Thing“ by Colette McBeth.
Bestselling detective story author Ann Cleeves condemns gruesome scenes, the treatment of women and morbid tone of Scandinavian books and TV dramas.
„Doctor Sleep“ is a sequel to one of King’s most famous works, „The Shining.“ In the concluding author’s note, King admits that sequels are almost never as good as the originals, and „nothing can live up to the memory of a good scare“.
More than 30 years after Stephen King first terrified readers with „The Shining“, he’s written a sequel, drawing on his alcoholism and a near-death experience. He talks about being a drunk father and why the Twilight series is just „tweenager porn“.
The British Library is bringing back a long-lost Victorian sleuth – despite her author having tried to destroy every copy.
Michael Connelly on: „I Am Pilgrim“ by Terry Hayes, „The String Diaries“ by Stephen Lloyd Jones, „Black Chalk“ by Christopher J Yates, „The Never List“ by Koethi Zan and „Paris Requiem“ by Lisa Appignanesi.
Ruth Rendell, novelist – portrait of the artist. „A very well-known person once said he threw my book out of a taxi window.“
The Manson who emerges from these pages is a pure opportunist. He gulled others into believing he was bigger than Jesus. He gulled himself into thinking he was bigger than the Beatles. Barely anyone, it seemed, saw Manson for what he really was: a career criminal.
The grandmother of Scandinavian crime writing has said her counterparts today are too concerned with screen adaptations of their work and „are not about police work and crime.
The title comes from the BBC TV drama series „Silent Witness“; and before that from a book by the forensic chemist Paul L Kirk, which stated: „Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously will serve as a silent witness against him.“
Crime Fiction Roundup: „The Execution of Noa P Singleton“ by Elizabeth L Silver, „The Silent Wife“ by ASA Harrison, „The Red Road“ by Denise Mina, „Snow White Must Die“ by Nele Neuhaus and „The Norfolk Mystery“ by Ian Sansom
Martin’s book is a companion to the best series of the 1990s and 2000s. If you’re watching (or re-watching) The Wire, Deadwood, Breaking Bad, Mad Men or Six Feet Under this summer, Martin has the inside scoop on how these shows got made.
Very long and very violent, this is a journey into the darkest parts of humanity. It’s hard going, but it is a truly great book. A long novel is a voyage in its own right. 2666 is great, imperfect and torrential.
Depersonalised and dying of lung disease, ex-teacher Jasper Scriven lives in part of Wreaking an old menatl hospital. He and other misfits wander through the old mental hospital battling with claustrophobia and frustration in this dizzying, layered novel
With his fedora and old overcoat, wisecracks, hard drinking, womanising and dislike of authority the private eye is an instantly recognisable figure in 20th-century cinema. Nicol investigates the history of the private eye in film noir and more recent private eye movies.
The recent death of Iain Banks left a gaping hole in contemporary literature. Banks took ordinary situations and rendered them extraordinary; a talent that fellow Scot Sue Peebles, whose first novel won both the Scottish and Saltire book awards, shares in spades.
The Guardian asked five novelists to try their hand at a piece of crime writing, and to come up with a pseudonym. Can you work out who’s who?
Now that Henning Mankell has consigned his gloomy detective to a care home, what next for the master of Scandi-noir? Well, a novel about a young Swedish brothel madam in Mozambique, actually.
„The Cuckoo’s Calling“ was released in April using pseudonym Robert Galbraith. JK Rowling has spoken of the „liberating experience“ of adopting a nom de plume.
The case of a reader attacking a crime writer at a book signing is just the latest in a string of incidents that could be out of a Stephen King novel.
Ian McEwan talks to John Mullan at the Guardian Book Club about his latest novel, „Sweet Tooth“.