Worst case or best case?

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On the Radar — Isn’t it funny? We hate bad news, but as crime fiction lovers sometimes the worst case scenario proves to be the best. That’s why we’re looking forward to Helen FitzGerald’s latest, purely on the basis of the title. We’re pretty sure Helen is going to make her protagonist squirm and squeal. From Scotland, this week’s new releases traverse the globe with Kiwi, Nordic and Japanese crime fiction also hitting the shelves in coming weeks…

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Worst Case Scenario by Helen FitzGerald

The author of The Cry – recently adapted for TV by the BBC – is back with a new psychological thriller that is guaranteed to keep you guessing. Out 16 March, Worst Case Scenario is the dark and surprisingly humorous story of probation officer Mary Shields, who works with some of Glasgow’s most difficult cases. No surprise then, that when wife killer Liam Macdowall is released on licence, it is into her care. But as Mary develops a poisonous and highly inappropriate obsession with her client, things are about to take an unexpected turn…
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Prefecture D by Hideo Yokoyama

Landing on 21 March directly from Japan, Prefecture D was Hideo Yokoyama’s award-winning debut back in 1998. It’s a great route into Japanese crime fiction, offering four novellas in one beautifully presented hardback. Seriously, this book looks the business. Inside you’ll find Season of Shadows, Cry of the Earth, Black Lines and Briefcase. Each story takes place in 1988 and, through the lens of a functioning Japanese police department, and four mysteries for different detectives to solve, we take a glimpse into Japanese society. The author also produced the incredible Six Four.
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White Shadow by Roy Jacobsen

This sequel to Roy Jacobsen’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Unseen continues the story of Ingrid, who now lives alone on the island of Barrøy. Beyond its shores, World War II rages and the conflict comes close to home when bodies from a bombed troopship begin to wash up on the shore. But one of the men is still alive, and this new arrival is destined to change Ingrid’s life of solitude for ever. Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, this slice of historical Nordic noir is out 21 March.
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The Stalker by Alex Gray

The latest in Alex Gray’s series featuring DCI Lorimer of Police Scotland sees him investigating after the body of a young woman is discovered in a Glasgow park. It’s the second such death in a matter of weeks and Lorimer is happy that his wife, Maggie is in the midst of a tour publicising her latest book, and away from a city that is hiding a repeat killer. But in the audience of her latest book signing is a man who’s taking far too much interest in Maggie. He may be a stranger now, but he is destined to become a face she will never forget… Out 21 March.
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A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

When a blind teenager is given the gift of sight, things start to go horribly wrong in this dark thriller by leading Kiwi author Paul Cleave. Joshua’s life of darkness comes to an end – but at a price. The corneas that change his life come from his father, a homicide detective killed in the line of duty. The blessing turns to a curse as Joshua begins to see and feel disturbing memories from his father’s life – a secret life that is about to put Joshua into the deepest peril, because it appears that someone is out to get him. Out for Kindle and as a paperback 21 March.
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