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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When crime and historical fiction meet, the results are often gripping and this 18th century London romp delivers splendidly. In a society in which abject poverty and wealth precariously coexist, we follow the rise and fall and loves of a young rake reminiscent of Tom Jones and Roderick Random as he allies himself with a sinister protector who wishes to experience all that the dark side of the city can offer. Naturally no good can come of this but the journey is breathless, colourful and a mile a minute read.
Gerald Seymour is one of our greatest thriller writers - a reputation established with his first novel, Harry's Game, published in 1975 and still as fresh, vibrant and exciting 40 years later. Set in Belfast at the height of the troubles, Harry Brown, an Ulsterman and British army officer is sent undercover as a catholic merchant seaman to track down the killer of a Cabinet minister gunned down in front of his family. The characters are richly drawn and from the assassin's nervous movements that open the book to its tense tumultuous end it proves itself one of the best thrillers ever written.
July 2013 Debut of the Month. Winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice award. This Cuban set Crime Mystery is a real gem. Inspector Ramirez has an unusual gift bestowed on him by his possibly demented dying grandmother - he is visited by (polite but silent) visions of the dead whose cases he is investigating. Well it’s that or he himself is dying of the same rare, hallucination inducing dementia.First in the series finds Ramirez certain who the killer is but hogtied by the Cuban legal system that only gives him seventy two hours to secure an indictment.This smart, dark and gripping crime debut was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger and we can’t wait for the next Inspector Ramirez mystery. 'A Piece of Passion' from the publisher... ‘I am a bit of a sucker for the weird and unusual and a taste of the exotic, so when I saw this script I sat up and took notice. Set in contemporary Havana, we are introduced to the major crime unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police led by an inspector who sees the ghosts of unsolved murder victims who in turn is assisted by a dwarf pathologist who needs a stepladder to be able to conduct his autopsies. Although handicapped by a creaking bureaucracy, intermittent steam-internet and a lack of pencils, the policemen’s resourcefulness, dark subversive wit and profound intelligence more than compensate for these shortcomings. A compelling mystery with brilliant characters and a fantastic setting this is a spellbinding whodunnit. But above all a book of immense humanity.’ – Neville Moir, Publishing Director, Polygon In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Midnight in Havana a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - ' 'The most gripping book I have read in years! - Edel Waugh. Scroll down to read more reviews.
With a contemporary London setting The Pure is an authentic and gripping, high-octane, action-packed, adrenaline-pumping espionage thriller for fans of the Jason Bourne books. An ex-Mossad agent has information, incredibly damaging to the Israeli government, that he is planning to send to WikiLeaks but he knows once the story is out there his previous employers will want him neutralised. A Piece of Passion' from the publisher... ‘The murky world of Mossad is not covered much in contemporary fiction and it was this, along with knowing Jake’s writing from his two previous novels, which initially attracted me to The Pure. Jake interviewed ex-Mossad officers while doing his research for the novel and has a real handle on a very complex subject as a result. This realism and the relentless pace and energy of his writing, including a brilliant depiction of London’s grimy underworld, the Iranian nuclear threat, gunfights and car chases galore meant I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Nothing beats a marked man on the run with a gun, a beautiful woman and a big secret!’ – Alison Rae, Managing Editor, Polygon
How could a drugs syndicate, using children as couriers, and a missing famous archaeologist be connected? DI Tim Yates is back for his 2nd case. Again, this is a highly readable, atmospheric and compelling psychological crime thriller set in the South Lincolnshire Fens perfect for fans of Peter Robinson and Stephen Booth. The DI Yates series: 1. In the Family 2. Almost Love Click here to read an interview with this author. An editorial perspective of the crime writer Christina James by Chris Hamitlon-Emery, Salt Publishing... 'Reading and editing the novels of Christina James are twin pleasures, because she is a writer who engages her audience immediately with the subtle elegance of her prose, the convincing realism of her dialogue, the interest of her compelling characters and the intricacies of her plots and because she is a perfectionist, whose own self-editing skills guarantee that her work comes already highly-polished, needing just an objective eye to manage the discrepancies that afflict all authors.' Click here to read the full comment.
2nd in the highly readable Nathan Hawk series. The retired police officer and reluctant private investigator Nathan Hawk is asked to find a girl who has been missing for three months. After turning down the case, as he is sure the girl is dead, his own daughter goes missing which gives him a new perspective; but his investigations open a can of worms and lots of reasons for revenge. With his grown-up children and relatively happy home life Nathan Hawk is a refreshing change from the moody, emotionally dysfunctional characters that have sprung up of late. Well worth a read.
One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013. Maxim Jakubowski's September 2013 Highly Recommended. A rare incursion of the master of horror into the crime genre, albeit with a understated ghost story, this is also a wonderful melancholy tale about growing up, fun fairs, the bond between mother and son and first love. Don't be put off by Stephen King's reputation if you are a mystery lover; he respects the genre and treats it with love and care and this short novel is all the more satisfying.
Dubbed ‘The Davinci Code for people with brains’ by the Independent. The book centres on a 15th-Century manuscript and a bunch of American students and scholars bent on cracking its mysterious code and finding a hidden crypt. A definite winner
Recently retired, Rebus is working in a small unit which looks into old, unsolved cases. Still famed for his unconventional methods and still heavily smoking and drinking, he remains in contact with old comrades and villains alike. Fans will know Siobhan Clarke and Big Ger Cafferty, to name a couple, newcomers will be happy just following along. The story involves several missing girls who may or may not be dead. After Rebus retired in Exit Music and Rankin delved into new areas he developed one Malcolm Fox (The Complaints) whom he now ingeniously introduces here into a minor role which we just know will be developed in future books. Interestingly the cold case being investigated is in the north so taking Rebus out of Edinburgh. ~ Sarah Broadhurst Ian Rankin says of the return of Rebus: “I felt there was unfinished business between the two of us. He had never really gone away but was working for Edinburgh's cold case unit. And I knew I had a story that was a perfect fit for him.” Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. June 2013 Book of the Month.
June 2013 Book of the Month. A gripping psychological thriller from Costa shortlisted novelist Louise Doughty. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. However, an impulsive affair sets in train a series of events that spiral beyond her control and look set to destroy everything. A well written highly believable read. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Apple Tree Yard a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This is a brilliantly written book which really got me thinking about life and where it can lead us' - Ruth Richards. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. A glorious rollercoaster ride through myth, cyberspace, love and revolution, Alif the Unseen mixes ancient magic with modern adventure to create an extraordinary story. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.
Bruised and war-weary following his secret war to bring down a terrorist mastermind, Gabriel Allon returns to his beloved Rome to restore a Caravaggio masterpiece. But early one morning Gabriel is summoned by his friend and occasional ally Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to the Pope. The broken body of a beautiful woman lies beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. Donati fears a public inquiry will inflict more wounds on an already-damaged Church so he calls upon Gabriel to use his matchless talents and experience to quietly pursue the truth - was it suicide, or something more sinister? Gabriel discovers that the woman revealed a dangerous secret that threatens powers beyond the Vatican. And an old enemy plots revenge in the shadows, an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Once again Gabriel must return to the ranks of his old intelligence service-and place himself, and those he holds dear, on the razor's edge of danger.
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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