Crime fiction imitates art

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On the Radar — It’s counting down to Christmas and the annual gift-buying quandary. But books are an ideal present – they’re compact, easy to wrap and able to transport you somewhere else without leaving the house. Best of all, while you’re buying for others it’s easy to add a volume or two for yourself… you know you want to. We start with a book of short stories featuring top crime names and inspired by paintings.

In Sunlight or in Shadow edited by Lawrence Block
If every picture tells a story then Edward Hopper’s work is a veritable compendium of tales. His evocative paintings are the kind where you stare for ages and ponder upon what’s going on outside the frame. Wonder no more, because 17 top writers have let their imaginations run riot and come up with stories of their own – and with such names as Stephen King, Lee Child, Megan Abbott and Michael Connelly featuring, it’s sure to be an interesting, if eclectic read. It’s out now and watch for our review soon.
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Need More Road by Stephen Jared
Actor and writer Stephen Jared’s central character uses Hollywood as his muse in this quirky thriller. Eddie is almost 50, works in a bank and has always lived in the same house. He escapes his humdrum existence by spending every evening at the one-screen cinema often seeing the same movie repeatedly, feeding his fantasies. But when a real-life drama hits him right between the eyes, courtesy of a pneumatic blonde with more than a passing resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, will he prove to be man or mouse? See our review of Ten-a-Week Steele here and watch for our upcoming review.
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Blood Moon by John David Bethel
Based on a real-life crime committed in Florida in the 1990s, this is a tale about man’s inhumanity to man. On a hot, steamy afternoon in Miami, Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted. He is held for nearly a month, tortured and threatened with death, the rape of his wife and torture of his children before he hands over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors. But when Suarez manages to escape and goes on the run, he discovers the nightmare is not yet over…
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A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust
Debut and self-published author Adam Aust has chosen an unusual protagonist for this thriller – a dominatrix by the name of Angela Gianni. She’s happily minding her own business until her closest friend and secret lover both disappear, and the mounting evidence puts her in the frame. Angela’s only hope may be FBI agent John Bancroft, who is investigating a 12-year-old cold case that may have links to her current predicament. Can the pair stay alive long enough to join the dots and prove her innocence? Out now.
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