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Each month Maxim Jakubowski brings together a regular monthly selection of his favourite reads of the moment. Always wide-ranging and often with a crime at its heart, there will be something to suit every reader - but don’t just take our word for it as there are free opening extracts for each one.

This Month's Featured Books

Rattle by Fiona Cummins
Rattle
Fiona Cummins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Set in South London, Fiona Cummins' debut is insidious and icy in its depiction of a psychopath whose modus operandi could have Hannibal Lecter flinching and proves a worthy addition to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Kings of America by R. J. Ellory
Kings of America
R. J. Ellory
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. New York in 1930 is a teeming abyss of crime and idealism at the outset of Roger Ellory's first novel in some time. Fleeing his home soil folllowing a momentous crime,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Mischling
Affinity Konar
Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what happened to her other half in the horror of the concentration camps might qualify it as such, young American author Konar's literary novel aims...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
The Girl From Venice
Martin Cruz Smith
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neglecting his favourite character Russian investigator Arkady Renko, of GORKY PARK and other novels fame, Cruz Smith offers us a bittersweet thriller romance set in Venice and the notorious Republic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
Her Every Fear
Peter Swanson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Swanson's follow up to the gripping and dark The Kind Worth Killing is equally suspenseful although its characters are less obviously twisted at first sight and sports a Rear Window...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Testimony by Scott Turow

Testimony
Scott Turow
Legal thrillers by Scott Turow, since the classic Presumed Innocent, have always proved rewarding, and presented a multi-faceted X-ray of American society and its system through the travails of...

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian adventures to...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Mad by Chloe Esposito

Mad
Chloe Esposito
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the success of L.S. Hilton's Maestra series, it appears that wicked and murderous females are back in vogue (but...

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich

The Good Assassin
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba...

You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison

You Belong to Me
Colin Harrison
Maxim Jakubowski July 2017 Highly Recommended. It's been too long since Harrison, very much a writer's writer whose sinuous and hypnotic, obsessive plots always leave their...

The Tryst by Monique Roffey

The Tryst
Monique Roffey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Jane and Bill, a London couple whose relationship is enduring the pressures of time but harbours some element of dissatisfaction, come...

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur
Jardine Libaire
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's Romeo and Juliet modern grunge style when Elise Perez, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and colour...

From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters

From Darkest Skies
Sam Peters
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Both a spy story and a splendid space opera, this strong science fiction debut by a young British author is mighty...

Kings of America by R. J. Ellory

Kings of America
R. J. Ellory
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. New York in 1930 is a teeming abyss of crime and idealism at the outset of Roger Ellory's first novel in...

Soot by Andrew Martin

Soot
Andrew Martin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until now Andrew Martin has been better known for his pleasant if traditional Jim Stringer series of novels, about a...

The Force by Don Winslow

The Force
Don Winslow
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A doorstopper saga of a novel by Winslow, who has now moved away from his triumphant and award-winning novels about the...

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It is commonly thought in the book trade that summer is a time for light reading, books that entertain but don't overly disturb our holidaying grey cells. However, there are so many great novels this month that achieve so much more than that and I will not apologize for presenting a selection of tales that will prove challenging, scary, thoughtful and even at times dangerous. Ranging from the Bosnia war crimes to Havana on the eve of revolution and venturing as far as the Galactic edge and somewhat busy beds in North London and way beyond, our novels this time around will tantalise, please, intrigue and keep your senses and imagination on edge. Is there any better excuse for reading?

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Maxim Jakubowski is the chair of the judging panel for the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the best first time author. 

A veteran publisher and once owner of the Murder One bookstore, Maxim Jakubowski has won awards for his writing in not only crime & mystery, but also in science fiction & fantasy and erotic writing. He was for two decades the crime columnist for Time Out and then the Guardian and, under a pen name, makes regular appearances in the Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller list.

One of the leading world experts in all forms of popular fiction, he has published over 100 anthologies and, for many years, has been editing annual anthology series presenting the best stories of the year in British Crime and Erotica. You can find out more about Maxim on his website or facebook page.

You can also find more about Maxim Jakubowski here.

 

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Scott Turow
Colin Harrison
Monique Roffey
Chloe Esposito
Jardin Libaire
Sam Peters
R. J. Ellory
Andrew Martin
Paul Vidich
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