To The Max: Maxim Jakubowski on Crime
It’s a rare occasion when the majority of the books I cover come from ‘big name’ authors, but this month there was no avoiding them and getting yet another confirmation that the craft and deceptive ease of reading of writers like Connelly, Harris, Gross, Fowler and ‘Al’ Collins comes from years of experience and hard work
New James Patterson app Ahead of Publication
Century and James Patterson, the world’s bestselling thriller writer, have announced the imminent release of Wiretap: James Patterson Chat Stories, an innovative, free-to-access, custom-made messenger app that will deliver immersive and engaging stories told through a combination of text and picture messages
The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling
Alvise Marangon (his name means his ancestors were carpenters), grew up in England, where his Venetian mother was an actress. Now he is a tourist guide in Venice as well as one of the city’s secret agents.
Two Marc Behm Crime Classics from Arcadia
Arcadia is to reissue two celebrated crime novels by Marc Behm
The Ashes of Berlin – Luke McCallin [book offer]
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award 2017
Currently available on offer for just £6. 99 exclusively from No Exit Press
1947 and Gregor Reinhardt is back onto Berlin’s civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power…
Joe Ide’s IQ wins the Anthony Award
W&N Fiction has announced that IQ by Joe Ide has won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel at Bouchercon 2017.
Babylon Berlin: Volker Kutscher talks to Crime Time
Seeing characters who have existed only in your imagination suddenly appear in the real world can be disconcerting, even more so when it happens three times in the same year, but this is what happened to me in 2017
Supernatural Sherlocks Nick Rennison, editor
Given the veritable avalanche of Sherlockiana — stories and novels about the Great Detective penned by other writers than Arthur Conan Doyle — something special is required these days to distinguish a new entry with ‘Sherlock’ in the title from the throngs of predecessors
Two from Titan
It’s finally here. In what might be considered both a happy and sad occasion, Titan Books have successfully completed their all-inclusive run of Peter O’Donnell’s imperishable comic strip Modesty Blaise (drawn by a variety of artists, including the great Jim Holdaway who inaugurated the strip and Enric Badia Romero, who concluded it).
Blade Of The Immortal Takashi Miike, director
This is apparently Takashi Miike’s 100th feature film, and as such was the Gala presentation of the ‘Thrill’ Strand of the London Film Festival yesterday. It’s an epic swordsman movie, with supernatural overtones, and like most of Miike’s work, based on other sources, in this case a manga series by Hiroaki Samura
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood from Second Sight
Charles Dickens’ The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is as enigmatic in real life as it is in fiction; the author’s death before its completion makes this early and fine example of a murder mystery even more of a whodunit? And the 2012 BBC television adaptation, featuring an all-star cast, is as gothic as Dickens gets. Now it is set to get its first ever DVD release courtesy of Second Sight.
Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir by Nick Triplow
Let’s get this out of the way first: Yes, this is the biography of Ted Lewis we’ve all been waiting for. Exhaustive, informative, incisive and a damned good read. There, that’s the cover quote sorted, now let’s talk about the book. When most people think of Get Carter, they think of Michael Caine, Newcastle, a thin glass, that famous line to Alf Roberts from Coronation Street
American Gothic: American Gothic: Six Decades of Classic Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby by Jonathan Rigby
Jonathan Rigby has long been one of the UK’s most cogent authorities on the horror film, and when I published my own modest entry, British Gothic Cinema, I was fully aware that anything I wrote would be a in the nature of a footnote to his conscientious attempt to cover the macabre filmography of this country
And Then There Were None from the Folio Society
As nights become darker, it’s time to settle down with a good thriller. The Folio Society is releasing three new books for those who love a good crime (book that is). First is And Then There Were None (For release 1st October). It is to be llustrated by David Lupton
Ruth Morse on New Books and Reissues: Connelly et al
Harry Bosch has been known to posit observations of the ‘there are two kinds of…’ type, as this new book’s title indicates. It puts him at odds with his half-brother, Mickey Haller, though, who lives in the defence lawyer’s very different world of words. Michael Connelly, by contrast, has more room to exercise questions of meaning, intent, and how differently truths can be articulated
A LITANY OF GOOD INTENTIONS: Andrew Harris talks to Crime Time
Crime fiction readers and conspiracy theorists alike just love to see the bad in people, especially those angelic creatures who seem whiter than white. Their curiosity makes evil connections. They mistrust what they are being told
Aiden Gillen for Noireland
NOIRELAND International Crime Festival has announced a new addition to this year’s
programme.: The internationally celebrated Irish actor Aidan Gillen will be appearing in a special event on Saturday 28 October * entitled ‘Playing in the Dark
The Blackbird Season: Kate Moretti talks to Crime Time
Tackling a Multi-Narrative and Suburban Unrest in THE BLACKBIRD SEASON: My latest novel, THE BLACKBIRD SEASON, takes aim at small town USA: a crumbling economical infrastructure, a deteriorating morale, and the aftermath of both a recession and a dwindling population.
New James Patterson for November
The People vs. Alex Cross by JAMES PATTERSON is published on Thursday, 2 November, 2017, Century, Hardback & ebook, £20
TWO NEW BOOKS FROM A RISING MAN AUTHOR ABIR MUKHERJEE
Harvill Secker has signed two new books from Abir Mukherjee, whose debut historical crime
novel A Rising Man was selected as Waterstones’ Thriller Book of the Month in May of this
year. Jade Chandler, Editorial Director for Crime and Thrillers, acquired World Rights All
Languages for the titles from Sam Copeland at RCW. The books will be the fourth and fifth
entries in the Captain Sam Wyndham series, set in 1920s Calcutta (as it was then).
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: Piu Eatwell talks to Crime Time
My latest true crime book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose, is an investigation of one of America’s most notorious unsolved murders – the killing of 22-year-old Hollywood hopeful Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947. Elizabeth’s body was found by a housewife in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles on the morning of January 15th, sprawled naked beside the pavement.
Slugfest by Reed Tucker
f you’d asked the average reader or cinemagoer a couple of decades ago who the big hitters were for the two major comics companies Marvel and DC, you would have been met with a blank expression – even though the names of the superheroes from both houses would have been familiar to them…
Road: John Sweeney Talks to Crime Time
Road, the second in the Joe Tiplady series, examines brainwashing through the prism of the thriller. My main character is inspired by an IRA man who went to North Korea to learn how to kill the British. There, he realised they were brainwashed by the Kim regime and he had been by the IRA.
New DVDs: Dicte, Sleepless, Valkyrien, Visiting Hours
New DVDs: Dicte, Sleepless, Valkyrien, Visiting Hours
Shoestring: The Complete Series on DVD
Shoestring, the massively BBC series from 1979, starred Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) as radio ‘Private Ear’ Eddie Shoestring and made him a British household name. Now, for the first time, this set brings both series together in Shoestring: The Complete Series – on DVD from 2nd October.
DARK TALES FROM THE EDGE OF THE EMPIRE: CRAIG SISTERSON ON NEW ZEALAND CRIME
Last month the finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Awards were revealed, and on 28 October we’ll find out who has won this year’s prizes. Back in 2010, I helped establish the awards, which are for crime, mystery and thriller writing by New Zealand authors. This year a lot of newer authors have come to the fore during the judging process (along with the establishment of a new Non Fiction category), so I’m very curious to find out who the judges have chosen…