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.
Salander Returns in 2019
As the Claire Foy/Lisbeth Salander film of The Girl in the Spider’s Web opens, the publisher Quercus have revealed the cover for the next David Lagercrantz Milllennium novel in 2019, The Girl Who Lived Twice..
The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler & Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne
Quite how the editors could get this so wrong is hard to compass. An early galley, but even one last ferocious pass might not be enough. The editors should be encouraged to take a blue pencil to cross out the long and pretentious Foreward and Introduction. There are photographs, and long cliched references to other writers from Poe on. The first note, from Poe onwards, includes Conan Doyle, Simenon, Himes and more. The annotations attempt to be not just an analysis of the book but a century of the history of crime fiction
Skin Deep: Liz Nugent talks to Crime Time
n early 2016, I was asked to pitch an idea for a new drama series to a television production company. I immediately sketched out a modern-day King Learesque family story with a few Irish tweaks. Instead of an ancient mythical kingdom, the setting would be a west coast Irish island with a dwindling population and an uncertain future. I had the characters and the setting fixed in my head and I spent a few weeks researching Irish and Scottish island life and talking to people who had grown up on small islands. The importance of this location grew until the island became a character to me.
Danger in the Outback: New Blu-Rays
In an age when suspense/horror films are obliged to deliver the goods every 10 minutes or so, it’s really refreshing to see a film that trusts its audience’s patience and delivers its effects steadily but inexorably. On its first appearance, Long Weekend drew many plaudits for the director’s command of the medium, and the steady accretion of eerie elements is adroitly handled as the macabre climax approaches.
The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This very handsome edition of some of Conan Doyle’s most iconic stories is not only a beautiful thing presented in the classic Folio Society livery, but it makes the perfect one-stop entry point for those who might be new to the Holmes canon – and there will always be people in that position, won’t there? Conan Doyle’s imperishable creation is one of the best-known characters in world fiction, with current iterations (such as Benedict Cumberbatch’s modern-day version) still captivating admirers
Emceeing the Daggers, Joel Grey-style
The next time that the Crime Writers’ Association asks me to be MC for the Dagger Awards dinner (if, that is, they ever do again), I may do it in the style of Joel Grey in Cabaret. I will go for a chalk white face and rouged lips, and begin the evening with a chorus of Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome. For the 2018 dinner at London’s Grange hotel, however, it was just a question of checking that the moths hadn’t got to my dress suit so that if I had a picture taken (like the one accompanying this piece with Dagger winners Michael Connelly and Steve Kavanagh) I would be at least partially presentable.
Mari Hannah: Patterson Heads to Harrogate
One of the best-known and biggest-selling authors of all time, James Patterson, has been announced as a headline act at the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
To the Max: Maxim Jakubowski on New Crime for October
Another slate of impressive writing, and devious plots allied with wonderful characters on both sides of the good and evil wall. Moving from 1940s Hollywood to Kyrgizstan and making detours through, literally hell, Mars, Reading in a future Britain where everyone is almost hidden behind virtual reality, a Finnish holiday resort that thinks it’s in Florida, Iceland, Southern Italy and the worldwide first class travels of bestselling authors and globetrotters like Frederick Forsyth and Peter James, we have a plethora of landscapes to please every imaginative palate. Add twisted plots in fifth gear and memorable heroes and villains and you have yourself another gourmet serving of crime and mystery.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith & Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
Barry Forshaw in The Financial Times
When it was revealed that the crime writer Robert Galbraith was really the megaselling JK Rowling, reviewers (and readers) were obliged to do some retrospective catching up. But now each Galbraith title is an event, and this fourth book is the most ambitious – and lengthy – yet. Beginning with a set piece reminiscent of The Graduate (will ungainly private eye Cormoran Strike torpedo the ill-advised wedding of his ex-assistant Robin Ellacott?), we’re soon knee-deep in a tangled scenario.
Aftershock: Adam Hamdy Talks to Crime Time
The UK’s leading cult buster once told me that far from being credulous dupes, most victims of cults are empathetic and intelligent. Their intelligence prompts them to ask the big questions that cults claim to be able to answer. Who am I? Why am I here? How do I live a good life? And empathy makes them vulnerable because they simply can’t understand how someone might exploit others with no regard for their wellbeing.
HUMOUR IN CRIME FICTION: M. B. Vincent
The author of Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death talks to Crime Time: Humour makes everything better – most folk agree on that. A wry smile improves a rainy wait at a bus stop, a dull afternoon at work, a funeral. But crime fiction? Is there room in a dark mystery for a joke?
Hush Hush: Mel Sherratt talks to Crime Time
I'm a firm believer that there is good and bad in us all. It's how we choose to use it, I suppose. But for me as a crime writer, I like to take the ordinary and make it a bit extra-ordinary but still realistic. Using different points of view can make stories far more...
Not Heaven Sent: Alan Carter Talks
Alan Carter is the author of the Cato Kwong series of police thrillers and Marlborough Man all published by Fremantle Press. He has also been a documentary film director. He is originally from Sunderland, UK and emigrated to Australia in 1991. He now divides his time between NZ and Fremantle in Western Australia and is a full-time writer.
Ian Fleming Steel Shortlisted Authors at CWA Dagger Awards on Oct 25
Forget the Man Booker and the Costa, for readers of crime – now officially the UK’s most popular genre of fiction – the CWA Daggers (hosted by Barry Forshaw) are the book awards to really sharpen your appetite. Every autumn, 10 awards are given away at a glittering black-tie dinner at a smart hotel and authors, publishers, agents and, yes, readers gather to see who gets the accolades. This year the event will take place at the Grange City Hotel in Cooper’s Row, London on Thursday 25 October.
Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler
Utilising his own considerable experience as a war veteran and journalist, the award-winning Robert Olen Butler once again shows his mastery of the historical thriller with this striking novel, set during the First World War. As Parisiennes meet death by dynamite in a campaign of bombings, the German-speaking protagonist Kit seems to be the person to discover who is behind it. But things in a Butler novel are never straightforward. Those who have read earlier novels by the author will need little hesitation to pick this one up.
Bait, Grist & Security by Mike Hodges
The protagonist of Bait is a low rent PR man, the eponymous ‘bait’ utilised by a tough detective involved in a cultish enterprise imported from America. Grist focuses on a writer (one is reminded of the novelist anti-hero of Hodges’ film Pulp) who has no compunction is about utilising real-life individuals for his novels but finds that there is a high price to be paid. The final novella, Security, features an American actor who has no faith in the film he is engaged in making and opts to stay cloistered in his upscale hotel, but the hotel itself becomes a hotbed of violence. As these synopses indicate, Hodges is uninterested in utilising well-worn tropes of the crime genre, and has come up with three startlingly original scenarios.
The Innocent Wife: Amy Lloyd talks to Crime Time
I received a comment from someone in response to a video I posted about The Innocent Wife. It went something like, ‘Florida, of course. It’s always Florida.’ Then there was a little eye-roll emoji. Until that moment I hadn’t even thought that people might read the synopsis of my book and think I was portraying Florida in a negative way, or that I was being exploitative of the state or its population. The book is set in Florida because, first and absolutely foremost: I love Florida. Deeply. It’s been two years since I was last there but I can still vividly recall the thickness of the air and the sounds of the insects in the bushes and the vastness of it, looking out over the landscape at all those stretches of green. It’s a place that feeds my imagination and it’s where I daydream about going back to when I have the chance.
Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
C. J. Sansom is a fine historical novelist who can set a variety of books in a fine variety of places. With Tombland just over the horizon, going back to the beginning seemed like a good idea, and it is. Dissolution introduced Matthew Shardlake, a narrator to keep one awake at night, even when one knows what’s to come. Among the surprises come a series of characters one wouldn’t expect, such as the doctor, the Carthusian, the hard-riding Abbot, women and children, and the geography of the great monastery itself, as Shardlake looks over the marshes toward the sea. Jane Seymour has recently died in childbirth, and the king’s search for a wife begins again.
New Crime & Thriller DVDs & Blu-rays
COLUMBO, Season One, Various directors/Fabulous Films Dostoevsky may have done it first with his detective Porfiry slowly wearing down a murder suspect in Crime and Punishment, but this classic American series (the creators have acknowledged the literary source) ) is how most people will be familiar with the situation. The fact that it is established (and set in stone) in the very first episode here is remarkable, given how flexible this seemingly rigid format proved over many seasons – not least as a showcase of such considerable actors as Patrick McGoohan, cast several times in the seri.es as he and Peter Falk clearly liked working together It’s the landmark series that inspired an entire genre. Now Columbo television’s greatest detective comes to Blu-ray for the first time, fully restored and in hi-definition
Agatha Christie’s Golden Age: John Goddard talks to Crime Time
Agatha Christie’s Golden Age by new author John Goddard, with an Introduction by Dr John Curran, is a must for Poirot fans. John uses his forensic skills, acquired over 30 years as lawyer in a leading London firm, to analyse the solutions, plots and clues in the 21 Poirot novels published during the Golden Age of detective fiction. He does so in a way that is logical, informative and readable and the dustjacket looks very stylish, with some of Poirot’s most memorable clues in jigsaw pieces. Crime Time asked John what inspired him to write the book and what he found most difficult.
Super Thursday Crime Fiction on The Phil Williams Show
Phil Williams will be issuing his own list (including Katy Guest’s choices), but the crime books I discussed on his BBC Radio 5 show last night were:
Tombland by C J Sansom
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
Absolute Proof by Peter James
In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
Håkan Nesser and Translator Sarah Death on The Root of Evil
Barry Forshaw writes: Rhodesian ridgebacks are a breed of dog I always associate with leading Scandinavian crime writer Håkan Nesser, whose The Root of Evil is published this month by Mantle in a translation by the much-respected Sarah Death. I have a surreal memory of wandering the streets of town Scarborough with Nesser and his wife Elke, after an event I’d done with him (pictured), trying to find the one hotel that had agreed to accept their gargantuan dog. Walking past the closed fish and chip shops of an English seaside town with one of Sweden’s key novelists was… unusual, to say the least. I reminded him of this when asking about The Root of Evil.
Golden Prey by John Sanford
John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport is one of the enduring action heroes of the crime genre, his books coming in somewhere between police procedurals and action thrillers, usually including elements of both. Davenport himself is on the outside pretty unassuming, but reveals more and more hidden talents in each book. This is demonstrated perfectly in a very entertaining opening sequence that has nothing to do with the rest of the story, but establishes Davenport’s skill, his investigative freedom (due to circumstances arising earlier in the series), and the demeanor that allows people to think they might take advantage.
Seven Deaths: Stuart Turton talks to Crime Time
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was eight-years-old, reading Agatha Christie novels in my bedroom. I became a journalist to edge me closer, then tried writing a book when I was 21. I screwed it up and came back to the idea when I was 34. My debut novel, The Seven...
The Syndicate: Guy Bolton talks to Crime Time
In my new novel The Syndicate, retired LAPD detective Jonathan Craine is tasked by the mob to investigate the murder of Bugsy Siegel, infamous Hollywood gangster and the man who invented Las Vegas. My protagonist Jonathan Craine featured in my debut novel The Pictures and people often assume that I had him in mind for a series from the beginning. The truth is, however, that when I wrote The Pictures, I never even considered that I might be asked to write a sequel. And hadn’t planned for one either.
Orenda Books’ Johana Gustawsson wins Palai D’Or and a TV deal
Karen Sullivan, Publisher of Orenda Books, and French publisher Bragelonne, has announced that television rights for Johana Gustawsson’s Roy & Castells series have been sold to Banijay Studios France and award-winning French actress Alexandra Lamy. Lamy will adapt it for the screen and play the main character, Emily Roy.