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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski March 2016 Highly Recommended. The world and mind of teenage girls proves again to be a minefield of jealousy, intrigue, cunning and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/02/2016
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with a doorstepper at nearly 900 pages and apart from the initial concept,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2017
A Colder War by Charles Cumming
A Colder War
Charles Cumming
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In his splendid previous spy thriller A Foreign Country, Cumming introduced once-disgraced and now covertly back in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
A Cruel Necessity by L. C. Tyler
A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which a mid-list crime writer and his intrepid agent solved perky...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
A Dandy in Aspic by Derek Marlowe
A Dandy in Aspic
Derek Marlowe
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A most welcome reissue of an important and until now forgotten Cold War spy classic that first appeared in 1966 (and was actually filmed with Laurence Harvey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2017 Book of the Month. Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority before the fall of the Czar and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Hero in France by Alan Furst
A Hero in France
Alan Furst
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Still set against Furst's familiar background of the dark years of WW2, this new offering full of treachery and intrigue for once eschews the tropes of espionage and restricts itself to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin
A Kill in the Morning
Graeme Shimmin
A riotous ride through alternate history where Churchill died in 1941 and the world followed a very different path to our own after England and Germany sign a peace treaty. There is now a Cold War between the two countries,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
A Last Act of Charity by Frank Westworth
A Last Act of Charity
Frank Westworth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fast-paced, high-powered thriller featuring a Jack Reacher with balls of added steel character who was once a contract killer for the army and rides a mighty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar
A Man Lies Dreaming
Lavie Tidhar
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one of the most challenging and rewarding. It's 1939 in London and the Nazis never came...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
A Nasty Piece of Work by Robert Littell
A Nasty Piece of Work
Robert Littell
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. Littell is best known as the American equivalent of John le Carre, an elegant spinner of urbane spy tales and chronicler of the shadow world. In this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
A Perfect Crime by A Yi
A Perfect Crime
A Yi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A rare example of contemporary Chinese crime fiction, this harrowing but precise tale carries echoes of Dostoyevsky and offers often disturbing insights into what makes Chinese society...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Study in Murder by Robert Ryan
A Study in Murder
Robert Ryan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A third solo case for Doctor Watson (following Dead Man's Land and The Dead Can Wait). Holmes' sidekick's life away from Sherlock sees him as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
A Suspension of Mercy A Virago Modern Classic by Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Suspension of Mercy A Virago Modern Classic
Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Anyone who enjoys intelligent crime fiction should read Patricia Highsmith, the uncontested queen of the murky psychological thriller where areas of grey predominate. If all you know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
A Tap on the Window
Linwood Barclay
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
A Taste of Ashes by Tony Black
A Taste of Ashes
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish writer Black has made a strong impact with his gritty Gus Dury series but his second novel featuring Ayr cop DI Bob Valentine proves his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
A Time of Torment by John Connolly
A Time of Torment
John Connolly
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Irish crime writer Connolly's Charlie Parker series has now reached its 14th volume and never fails to impress. Indeed, it just keeps on getting better and better...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
After the Crash by Michel Bussi
After the Crash
Michel Bussi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Arriving so soon after the recent Barcelona-Dusseldorf sad plane disaster, this novel about the aftermath and consequences of an Airbus crash in mountains can prove unsettling, although...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
Agents of the State by Mike Nicol
Agents of the State
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his grittily realistic South African set cop procedurals, Mike Nicol relaunches himself as an outstanding purveyor of the international thriller field, making an immediate impact in a crowded...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/02/2017
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A finely-etched tale of domestic terror and a debut novel with a nod to girls gone and on a train, and unsurprisingly already snapped up by Hollywood. After a serious assault...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
All the Old Knives
Olen Steinhauer
Maxim Jakubowski's August 2015 Book of the Month. A man and a woman meet for a drink in a conveniently empty California cafe. Years before they had been lovers and both involved...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney
An Almond for a Parrot
Wray Delaney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating erotica debut for famed children's book author Sally Gardner and, most definitely, a change in register as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman
An English Ghost Story
Kim Newman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Film critic and speculative fiction author (and Neil Gaiman friend and collaborator) Kim Newman whose exuberant tales of the supernatural underworld, alternate Dracula tales and dizzying excursions...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2014
An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich
An Honorable Man
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. On one hand you have the spy adventures which run along in overdrive and combine adventure and exotica a la James Bond and, on the other, are the sometimes deliberatly drab...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
And When I Die by Russel D. McLean
And When I Die
Russel D. McLean
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A tense Glasow gangland thriller laced with family saga elements with pace and strong characterisation to boot, McLean's latest novel raises him a fair few rungs up the crowded McMafia steps....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Anno Dracula Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman
Anno Dracula Johnny Alucard
Kim Newman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known as an acerbic film reviewer and specialist of the arcana of exploitation cinema, Newman is also a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2013
Arcadia by James Treadwell
Arcadia
James Treadwell
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until this final volume arrived on my doorstep, I was unaware of Treadwell's outstanding fantasy trilogy. Needless to say, I rushed to catch up with the earlier...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
Artefacts of the Dead by Tony Black
Artefacts of the Dead
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although born in Australia, Tony Black was brought up in Scotland and his voice resounds powerful and authentic. D.I. Bob Valentine, a particularly troubled species of cop,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2014
Asylum City by Liad Shoham
Asylum City
Liad Shoham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The past few years have allowed us a most welcome introduction to crime fiction from many other countries, with Scandinavia, France and Italy very much to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a private aircraft...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2016
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Welcome to Maxim Jakubowski's world of books... _________________________

As the gloomy weather digs in for March, there is never a better time for reading, curled under the covers or stretched out in an armchair, enjoying both the heat inside and the warmth provided by a contrasting set of books moving from moods of quiet and affecting meditation provided by Towles, Farris Smith and Auster for example, and the pyrotechnic and gripping action of the majority of my other selections strictly geared for speed and thrills, a setting as comforting as any other. By coincidence, all the books I have selected this month happen to be by men; it's not deliberate, just happened. Maybe after the publishing industry's traditional focus on health and diet following the possible culinary excesses of the Xmas and New Year period, it subliminally felt that March should see an emphasis on fast moving narratives to compensate? But then I'm not a conspiracy theorist!

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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.

Author photo © Marco Del Comune

Amor Towles
Michael Farris Smith
Daniel Cole
Luke McCallin
Paul Auster
Mike Nicol
Al Robertson
Nicolas Obregon
Mick Herron
Gregg Hurwitz