Leonard provided source material for films for well over 50 years. Surprisingly, given his reputation as a crime novelist, his first stories adapted for the screen were Westerns
With John Harwood’s beguiling pastiche „The Asylum“, we’re once again in a contemporary version of the Victorian Gothic mystery, with a lineage that stretches back to Wilkie Collins’s „The Woman in White“ and beyond.
Murder, mystery and Marcos. Arditti has set out to explore the complexities of religious faith, in particular Catholicism, in this morally compromised environment through the dramatic prism of a mystery.
Freeman Wills Crofts‘ cover photograph shows he was always avuncular. Born in Dublin in 1879, he remained a railway engineer for most of his working life. He didn’t become a full-time writer until he was 50.
Her novels don’t sit easily in the crime fiction mainstream – and, whatever you do, says Doug Johnstone, don’t ask her for a testimonial
Scudamore’s last novel, „Heliopolis“, was praised for its exemplary prose. In „Wreaking“, imagery is bold, grotesque, bawdy, but Scudamore’s attempts to subvert conventional criteria for good writing achieve mixed results.
Tom Wolfe is a great admirer of Dickens, and there is something Dickensian in the panoramic view of society on display here – in this case 21st-century Miami rather than Victorian London.
Over-familiar title apart, this latest book is one of the most persuasive, with a strong vein of melancholy. Previous virtues – notably a stunning evocation of mid-century Dublin – are here married to a new rigour in plotting.
As the interest in Nordic detectives and killers wanes, publishers are looking across the Channel for the next wave of crime thrillers.
It’s the darker side of Brighton that inspires the crime writer. Suzi Feay met him in sinister Sussex to talk about his latest thriller „Dead Man’s Time“. As they stride through the narrow streets, he peppers her with facts and figures about his beloved home town.
The second outing for Parker Bilal’s Sudanese detective Makana, a refugee scraping along on a dilapidated houseboat in Cairo, has all the satisfying complexities of his first, „The Golden Scales“.
Hawthorn and Child are not father and son, but two police detectives. Child is cool, good-looking, black, married, the sensible, no-bullshit member of the duo; Hawthorn is neurotic, gay, and prey to bad dreams and fits of weeping.
The spy who came in from the shadow of the wall. The commodification of public services, the manipulation of power for personal gain, extraordinary rendition, and old-fashioned moral bankruptcy are at the heart of John le Carré’s 23rd novel.
„A Delicate Truth“, le Carré’s 23rd novel, is another fable of conspiracy and financial malpractice. In the British Crown Colony of Gibraltar, a counter-terrorist operation is underway to capture a high-ranking jihadist arms-buyer.
Teresa Solana is already known to us, as are her terrible twins, through two previous crime novels. „The Sound of One Hand Killing is“, however, the first in the series in which Solana and her twin Barcelona private eyes actually meet on the page
An extract from the 1952 draft version is to be made public to coincide with the book’s 60th anniversary this weekend
Cathy Cook’s „The Agatha Christie Miscellany“ offers biographies of Christie, Poirot, Miss Marple and other characters, details of the author’s favourite foods, a comparison of the various theories surrounding her 1926 disappearance and more
In the spring of 2009, the French were mesmerised by a murder trial that had everything needed to whet Gallic appetites: a glamorous mistress, a billionaire victim, and more than a whiff of kinky extramarital sex.
Beginning with an armed robbery and going on to include a vast amount of shootings, attempted rape, torture and beatings, „Donnybrook“ is as subtle as a 12-gauge shotgun blast to the face.
If it’s a mystery why a country as sedate as Sweden has spawned such a crop of world-beating crime writers, then the plot really thickens with a visit to Fjällbacka. Camilla Läckberg outsells Stieg Larsson in her native Sweden. Susie Mesure joins the fanclub
„Fifty Shades“? Couldn’t get past the first 30 pages. Cameron? He should stick it to Clegg before he gets stuck himself. Dragging up the past again? Give it a break. Jeffrey Archer is back – and he’s as irascibly entertaining as ever …
Flynn went to journalism school with the aim of becoming a crime reporter but applied to Entertainment Weekly to be a television critic after realising she was “too unassertive” to succeed on the crime beat. After writing for 10 years she was made redundant.