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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

Testimony by Scott Turow
Testimony
Scott Turow
Maxim Jakubowski July 2017 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
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 indelible mark on the reader, had published a new novel....
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
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 war against drugs and now focuses his sharp intelligence and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/06/2017
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 railway detective in North East Edwardian England, and his non...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017
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: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
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 impressive. Highly praised by no other than Joanne Harris it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
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 meets Jamey Hyde, the scion of a rich family studying...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/05/2017
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 across Lilah in a pub. She is sex incarnate, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
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 had they ever truly faded away?). Alvina is down on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
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 to investigate the possibility that an old friend, Toby Graham,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The White Road by Sarah Lotz

The White Road
Sarah Lotz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. South Africa author Lotz has a devious talent for claustrophobic tales that balance precariously between thriller and sheer horror and her...

The One by John Marrs

The One
John Marrs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An ingenious and quite gripping psychological thriller based on the use of DNA matching for a new style of dating, this...

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie...

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Defectors
Joseph Kanon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ex-American publisher Joe Kanon is a much underrated master of the classic espionage tale, best known for The Good German...

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Raven Stratagem
Yoon Ha Lee
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A follow-up to the Korean-American author's noted SF debut Ninefox Gambit which has since been shortlisted for various awards and...

Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake

Forever and a Death
Donald E. Westlake
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sadly missed US crime legend Westlake's books were often the object of many classic Hollywood adaptations, but he is also remembered...

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

The Burning World
Isaac Marion
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The much-anticipated sequel to young adult zombie love story Warm Bodies (which was the object of a fairly decent adaptation...

Obsession by Amanda Robson

Obsession
Amanda Robson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Two seemingly happy couples: Rob and Carly, Jenni and Craig. But one fateful day, one happens to ask her husband who...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
Maxim Jakubowski May 2017 Highly Recommended. Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what...

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Reader Reviewed Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut...

Domina by L. S. Hilton

Domina
L. S. Hilton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Not that reviews have much of an influence on the bestseller lists, but the critics went to war with Hilton's debut...

Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
May 2017 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed...

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2017 for Comic Fiction. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome...

Heretics by Leonardo Padura

Heretics
Leonardo Padura
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An epic, ambitious novel by the prominent Cuban thriller writer Leonardo Padura which brings back his eponymous hero Mario Conde but...

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Lola
Melissa Scrivner Love
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A superlative debut by a US author, set in the underbelly of gangland Los Angeles, with all the hallmarks of a...

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell
Dennis Lehane
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A stand alone psychological thriller by the author of the Gennaro and Kenzie novels, Mystic River and Shutter Island, this represents...

Snatch by Gregory McDonald

Snatch
Gregory McDonald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A reissue of two thrillers by the creator of that wonderful criminal rascal Fletch (and if you think of him as...

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

A Game of Ghosts
John Connolly
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. How time flies: already the fifteenth Charlie Parker novel from Irish author John Connolly! And they keep on getting better and...

The Two O'Clock Boy by Mark Hill

The Two O'Clock Boy
Mark Hill
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A strong first novel by a new British author about the troubling events that occurred in a children's home some years...

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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.

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