Rezension: Daniel Woodrell: „The Maid’s Version“

Daniel Woodrell’s ninth novel investigates the intricate, fraught bonds of community. Here is a story that penetrates the secrets that an Ozarks town keeps and the punishments it inflicts on anyone who exposes them.

Rezension: Joyce Maynard: „After Her“

The strength of suspense novel „After her“ is in its depiction of the relationship between teen sisters and their father. Maynard develops this suspense novel out of a kernel of true crime.

Kurzrezensionen: Christine DeSmet, Kaitlyn Dunnett, Jenn McKinlay,Laurien Berenson & Kate Collins

5 new murder mysteries with sweet overtones: „First-Degree Fudge“, by Christine DeSmet;  „Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones“, by Kaitlyn Dunnett; „Cloche and Dagger“, by Jenn McKinlay and a lot of more mystery novels.

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Rezension: Michael Gruber: „The Return“

At the start of Michael Gruber’s richly rewarding new literary thriller, Richard Marder, a Vietnam veteran turned New York book editor, is mourning his Mexican-born wife’s death when he learns that he has an inoperable brain tumor.

Rezension: John Sandford: „Silken Prey“

Sandford doesn’t just go through the motions to meet contractual obligations.“Silken Prey” is the 23rd installment of his “Prey” series featuring Twin Cities detective Lucas Davenport, and quality control remains virtually unimpaired.

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Rezension: Marisha Pessl: „Night Film“

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about “Night Film” is that it’s the first book ever written about the legendary director Stanislas Cordova. Over the past half-century, his psychological thrillers have revolutionized what we imagined movies could – or should – do.

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Rezension: A.S.A. Harrison: „The Silent Wife“

Harrison was noted for her nonfiction, but as this first novel demonstrates, she also had a flair for make-believe, with clever twists and elegant writing. Her death in April makes the book a bittersweet pleasure to the reader.

Rezension: Linwood Barclay: „A Tap On The Window“

Barclay writes offbeat, somewhat sardonic thrillers with a twist. His novels are awash in evil, but now and then he sends in the clowns. The book is all about crime and corruption in a small town, but absurdity happens, too, even as it does amid the confusions of real life.

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Rezension: Don Rearden: „The Raven’s Gift“

Some books are a real surprise. If I tell you that “The Raven’s Gift” is a novel about a young married couple who travel to a remote part of Alaska to teach Yup’ik children, you’re likely to start nodding off even before this sentence ends.

Rezension: Jason: „Lost Cat“

“Lost Cat” is, in part, a riff on “The Big Sleep”: There’s a bookstore clerk, a significant nude picture, a P.I. getting roughed up at every turn. On the other hand, what it very cleverly builds toward isn’t exactly the resolution of a Raymond Chandler mystery.

Rezension: Marianne Wesson: „A Death at Crooked Creek“

On a chilly evening in March 1879, a young Civil War veteran named John Hillmon, traveling with his friend John Brown across the wilds of western Kansas, was accidentally shot and killed while unloading a wagon at a remote campsite near Crooked Creek.

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Rezension: James Carlos Blake: „The Rules of Wolfe“

Some writers are drawn to evil, and in the Americas they often find its epicenter along the border that separates the United States and Mexico. Blake even injects occasional gallows humor.

Rezension: Melissa Marr: „The Arrivals“

Tales of the weird West in „The Arrivals“ by Melissa Marr – Washington writer Melissa Marr, who created the fairy realms of the best-selling “Wicked Lovely” series for teens, now brings us her second novel for adults.

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Rezension: James Lee Burke: „Light of the World“

James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux, the haunted, all-too-human homicide detective from the Louisiana bayou country, first appeared more than 25 years ago in „The Neon Rain.“ „Light of the World“ is the 20th installment in this increasingly ambitious series.

Rezension: Kitty Burns Florey: „The Writing Master“

Florey is probably best known for her 2009 study of penmanship, “Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting.” In her new novel, she takes as her protagonist Charles Cooper, a 28-year-old writing master at a New England business school in the 1850s.

Rezension: Chris Bohjalian: „The Light In the Ruins“

Chris Bohjalian’s brilliantly crafted historical novel, begins “on the first Tuesday of June in 1955,” in the voice of an anonymous killer who describes his lurid executions with a morbid insouciance.

Rezension: Robert Rotstein: „Corrupt Practices“

“Corrupt Practices” is an okay title for Rotstein’s legal thriller, but a better one might have been “Death and Desolation.” In the novel’s opening scene, Harmon Cherry, co-founder of the Macklin & Cherry law firm, puts a Glock 22 in his mouth and blows his head off.

Rezension: Aifric Campbell: „On The Floor“

The first chapter of Campbell’s debut novel, “On the Floor,” is the literary equivalent of a movie filmed with a hand-held camera. The action is choppy, it’s hard to get your bearings and you’re left with the uncomfortable sensation of having missed something important.

Rezension: Max Barry: „Lexicon“

There are several different genres and tones jostling for prominence within “Lexicon”: a conspiracy thriller, an almost abstract debate about what language can do, and an ironic questioning of some of the things it’s currently used for.

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Rezension: Fred Vargas: „The Ghost Riders of Ordebec“

Halfway into the eighth Commissaire Adamsberg policier, Adrien Danglard, the deputy to the head of the Paris Serious Crimes Squad, tells his boss what he thinks of an unusually eccentric household of homicide suspects in a Norman village.

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Rezension: Robert Kolker: „Lost Girls“

On the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, a determined detective and a well-trained police dog came upon the skeletal remains of a human being wrapped in burlap and buried beside a highway near Gilgo Beach on New York’s Long Island.

Rezension: Alexander Soderberg: “The Andalucían Friend”

When it comes to Alexander Soderberg’s first thriller, “The Andalucian Friend,” certain comparisons are probably inevitable. In a blurb on the back cover, bestselling author Brad Thor calls it “ ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ meets ‘The Sopranos.’