HARVILL SECKER ACQUIRES NEW POLITICAL THRILLER FROM A.D. MILLER
Liz Foley, Publishing Director at Harvill Secker, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Independence Square by A.D Miller, from Zoë Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge and White. It will be published by Harvill Secker in February 2020. A young woman scrambles up the icy hill above Independence Square in Kiev, desperate to avert the bloody crackdown that threatens the protesters below. The outcome of a revolution, and her brother’s safety, depend on her. Though neither of them realise it, so does the fate of the man she is frantic to see.
Red Snow: Will Dean Talks
Red Snow is the second Tuva Moodyson thriller. In the first book, Dark Pines, the elk hunt was the constant threat in the background. The sheer number of rifles, hunters, killing. The vastness of the pine forests. In Red Snow extreme cold is the silent killer: always there, always dangerous.
The Girl without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo, trans Charlotte Barslund
A Viking has been discovered in the ice near Nuuk in Greenland. Reporters, as well as the police, have begun to figure out just how many hundreds of years the corpse has been waiting to be found. Less attractively, though, the body has been flayed and the skin has disappeared. Now there’s a problem, because the title is ‘girl without skin’, and with all the flayed bodies which appear in the course of the book, there’s no skinless woman
The Return of Lisbeth Salander and Kirby Redux
When a character passes securely into the popular imagination, even the death of the creator does not necessarily write finis to their adventures. Stieg Larsson may be no longer with us, but his imperishable creation — Goth hacker (and ruthless righter of wrongs) Lisbeth Salander — is currently being given a new life in a series of books written by Larsson’s fellow Swede David Lagerkrantz.
And Fire Came Down: Emma Viskic Talks
Emma Viskic is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. She is a classically trained clarinettist who has performed with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Her debut novel, Resurrection Bay was the 2016 winner of the Ned Kelly Award for best debut. It also won three Davitt Awards including best debut and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. And Fire Came Down, the second book in the Caleb Zelic series won the 2018 Davitt Award for best novel.
The Woman in the Dark: Vanessa Savage talks to Crime Time
I knew when I started writing The Woman in the Dark that I wanted it to be a psychological thriller about a family in crisis. I wanted to get into their minds as their world unravelled, to sneak behind their closed front door to see how everything unfolded.
Sapere Books to Sponsor CWA Historical Dagger
Publishers Sapere Books is to sponsor the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger in a three-year contract, beginning in 2019.
Books of the Month (Crime)
Barry Forshaw, crime critic of the Financial Times, on new titles
The Man with No Face by Peter May
The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
Battle Sight Zero by Gerald Seymour
The Suspect by Fiona Barton
Nemesis by Rory Clements
The Break Line by James Brabazon
Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante
Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb
Winner Kills All by RJ Bailey
The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Crime Fiction: A Critical Casebook, Stephen Butler & Agnieska Sienkiewicz-Charlish, eds
Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson & We Can See You by Simon Kernick
Barry Forshaw in the Financial Times
When historical crime fiction arrives with an encomium from the doyen of the genre, CJ Sansom, attention must be paid. And this debut by a young British writer has set the bar high for her peers in 2019. In June 1781, a tortured body is found on a hook at Deptford dock, bearing the brand of a slaver…
To the Max: Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime
A New Year is with us and, as ever, a varied assortment of great mysteries and thrillers (and a distinctive oddity of a book that defies classification) which traditionally span the globe, from remote areas of Switzerland, Sweden and Spain and the urban crime spots of Washington DC, Berlin, New York, Barcelona and all points in between. And looking forward, 2019 is a year that will gift us with new titles by John Le Carre, Mick Herron, Erin Morgenstern, Thomas Harris, Emily St John Mandel, as well as on a minor note two anthologies edited by yours truly (although not a new novel, unless I can complete its writing in record time, so more likely 2020…), so much to look forward too!
G-Man by Stephen Hunter
Unto the generations, the Swagger family continues to deliver for Stephen Hunter, who in G-Man revisits Bob Lee’s grandfather Charles, who as the book opens is sheriff of Polk County, Arkansas and there at the mowing down of Bonnie and Clyde in Arcadia, Louisiana.
Best Crime of the Year on Phil Williams’ BBC Books Programme
Barry Forshaw writes: after last night’s epic Phil Williams’ Books Programme on BBC Radio 5 with my colleague from The Independent, the estimable Katy Guest, I’ve been asked (by the crime writers who melted away at 12.45 – the lightweights) to list my complete Best Crime of the Year for 2018.
The Listeners: Anthony J Quinn talks to Crime Time
Getting lost in deep hedges and enchanting books were my favourite forms of escape. In fact, most of my adventures as a boy began by reading books up trees, supported by swaying branches, listening to the rustling sound of leaves and watching their shadow-play dance across the freshly turned pages.
The Wilby Conspiracy & In Connection with Kilshaw by Peter Driscoll
Is there a publisher providing more benison for lovers of neglected vintage British thrillers than Top Notch Thrillers? And by ‘vintage’, I don’t mean the cosier 1930s end of the spectrum, but that fascinating period in the 1960s and 1970s when such writers as Alan Williams, Victor Canning and Adam Hall were producing some absolutely first-rate material in the genre (and all three of those authors, incidentally, are to be found in the Top Notch Thrillers catalogue).
Think Yourself Lucky by Ramsey Campbell
The protagonist of Ramsey Campbell’s new novel, David Botham, is contented with his quotidian lifestyle working at a travel agency. There is an online blog using a title he once came up with, but it is not his responsibility – it is run by someone he doesn’t know. But David’s interest in the blog is quickened when it begins to run information about several violent deaths in the city of Liverpool…
The Crime Time Best of the Year – 2018
Crime Time has once again asked luminaries from the world of crime fiction reviewing for their picks of 2018. The result is a striking and varied list of what has proved to be another vintage year for crime fiction publishing. Choices by Marcel Berlins, Barry Forshaw, Jake Kerridge, Laura Wilson, Maxim Jakubowski, Karen Robinson, Jon Coates and Sarah Ward…
Forthcoming Crime Blu-rays and Blasts from the Past
The enterprising types at Arrow Films continue to cherrypick some of the most intriguing of genre cinema, frequently straying away from the well-worn paths is to bring to our attention material which is not only neglected, but which may even be unknown to all but the most committed cinéastes. What’s more, the razor-sharp quality of the transfers (not to mention the copious and well-curated extras) make for some particularly tempting packages.
Invisible Blood: First Original Jakubowski Anthology in five years
INVISIBLE BLOOD, to be published in July 2019, is a major new anthology. It will be Maxim Jakubowksi’s first all-original specially-commissioned stories in five years. The much-respected editor’s To the Max column is one of Crime Time’s most popular features.
To The Max: Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime
No seasonal cheer or cozy Christmas tales of gentle mayhem in any of this month’s selection of titles, I fear. Instead we have a menu that overflows with puzzles, brainteasers, violence and much explicitness as our two handfuls of authors surf the zeitgeist moving from an African state quite unlike any you will have seen before,
Sins as Scarlet by Nicolás Obregón & We Can See You by Simon Kernick
Barry Forshaw in The Financial Times
A brace of cutting-edge themes are threaded into the abrasive narrative of Obregón’s novel, from illegal immigration and domestic abuse to transgender discrimination. It is a combustible mix, but as in the earlier Blue Light Yokohama, the author has the full measure of his difficult material.
Crime in Soho with Fiona Barton, Renée Knight & Lesley Kara
Proof that the field of crime writing is in rude health was to be found at a Soho event given by the publisher Transworld for three of its most talented women writers: Fiona Barton, following the success of The Widow and The Child with The Suspect, Renée Knight with The Secretary (a successor to her much-praised Disclaimer), and debut author Leslie Kara, whose The Rumour intrigued the invited audience with its narrative of a child killer living under an assumed name.
Evil Things by Katja Ivar
Until a few years ago who’d have thought we’d be lapping up crime novels set in Lapland? Evil Things is set (mainly) in Lapland, close to the Soviet border, in freezing 1952, freezing because the cold war is at its height and few in that small and vulnerable country are sure that World War Two is done.
The Year’s Best Crime Fiction in The Financial Times: The Urtext
Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Orion, £20 Connelly has added another memorable character to his familiar cast of low-rent lawyer Mickey Haller and tough cop Harry Bosch. Detective Renée Ballard, consigned to the graveyard shift after complaining about harassment by a colleague, finds herself knee deep in a cold case involving religious demagogues and the porn industry.
Crime from Cambridge: Kate Rhodes & Pippa Macallister
wo very different (but complementary) books by Cambridge-resident authors offer rewarding fare for crime aficionados. Kate Rhodes is approaching pole position in the crime writing stakes with her beautifully plotted and elegantly written psychological thrillers, of which Ruin Beach is the latest.
The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (translated by Lola Rogers)
Arriving festooned with encomiums from the likes of such literary luminaries as Robert Olen Butler, The Core of the Sun is a remarkable Scandinavian contribution to the field of the dystopian novel, its chilling message tempered by some smart satire. The narrative is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in describing a surreal Finnish society in which women are either breeder or outcasts. And in this dark milieu, one woman is searching for her missing sister.
The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby: standout for 2019
Barry Forshaw writes: when delivering my Best of the Year for the FT, I’m often asked if I have any ‘books to look out for in 2019’ — and I alredy have at least one for next year. The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby — I suspect that will be one of the standout novels for 2019.
No Exit Press acquires ‘compelling’ psychological debut
No Exit Press has acquired a ‘compelling’ psychological thriller from Canadian author Laurie Petrou. Clare Quinlivan, Editorial and Rights Manager at No Exit Press, bought UK and Commonwealth excluding Canada rights to Sister of Mine and a second book by Petrou from Carolyn Buszynski at The Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid agency. Clare Quinlivan said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be publishing Laurie’s debut novel in the UK. Sister of Mine is an utterly captivating thriller that has an effortless literary quality to it that makes it quite remarkable.