Like its predecessor, “The Colorado Kid” (2005), this is a mystery lodged deep in the seam of folksily sinister Americana that King has made his own in bigger, better-structured novels than this one. Stephen King’s new novel is full of acute observations.
The gory career of a medieval killer who tried to do his job properly: Frantz Schmidt was condemned to social ostracism and dishonour in perpetuity. The poor man was born in 1554 with an irredeemable stigma: his father was a full-time executioner.
Ian McEwan tells Jon Stock about the pleasure of writing a spy novel with a twist – and why he believes it’s high time John le Carré won the Booker Prize.
CIA spooks regularly review spy fiction for a classified in-house journal, rating John le Carré above American writers for his veracity, reports Jon Stock.
James Oswald thinks up plots on his cattle and sheep farm, and has just won a six-figure deal. a potrait by Tom Rowley.
Melissa Katsoulis is impressed by a grown-up exploration of the twisted paths of identity . San Francisco in the Seventies, with the Zodiac Killer at large and the economy in stagflation, is the setting for this haunting new novel.
Jake Kerridge surveys the latest crop of historical crime novels, including Lindsey Davis’ “The Ides of April”, Andrew Taylor’s “The Scent of Death”, Lynn Shepherd’s “A Treacherous Likeness” and Philip Kerr’s “A Man without Breath”.
Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel “Casino Royale” was first published on April 13 1953 and there is an intriguing tale behind the original screenplay of the 007 film adaptation.
The murder of a befuddled old man on the streets of Beirut is investigated by an amateur sleuth in this early novel from Elias Khoury, the extravagantly talented Lebanese author who appears to be on the verge of achieving overnight success.
This being a crime novel – and one by Crouch, who we know has a penchant for darkness and menace – you can guess that when Peg, the protagonist of “Tarnished”, starts to look into the family background, her life doesn’t stay simple and straight-forward for long.
“No Way Back” is a deliciously written book, full of slick phrases, great characters and dark comedy, coupled with a plot that keeps driving forward relentlessly – yet when Terry Ramsey finished it he wanted to throw the book across the room.
The background to John le Carré’s novels has always been amoral, but in “A Delicate Truth”, the all-powerful state has torn up the rule book.
Spy writer John le Carré’s new novel, “A Delicate Truth”, hints at personal secrets and is his most autobiographical for years, says Jon Stock.
Are you reading “Gone Girl” yet? If not, you should be. Katy Brand welcomes a book telling the tale of a young married couple. The story signals a move away from ‘the single gal’ as the principle driving force in fictional representations of women in popular culture.
Novelist and international affairs specialist Derek B Miller muses on which of his two jobs is the more important – and the role storytelling plays in both.
David Suchet offers new observations about the Queen of Crime’s 11-day vanishing act in Perspectives: The Mystery of Agatha Christie, says Matthew Sweet.
Into the world of today’s thrillers of massacres and media manipulation, drone strikes and biological weapons steps Spanish novelist Javier Marías with a simple blade with which he pares back the form to its essence: a single death and the attempt at its cover up.
Set in the down-at-heel city of Utica in New York State, it features equally down-at-heel private detective Eliot Conte, whose personal life is a shambles, whose health is collapsing and whose work is erratic (but, nevertheless, he can still pull attractive women, of course)