The Smiling Man

Written by Joseph Knox — Razor-sharp with blunt-talking northerners, literary but spiked with page-turning ferocity, tragedy laced with hope and a convincing cop anti-hero who…

Mr Either/Or

Written by Aaron Poochigian — Epic crime novels written in verse don’t come along too often and Poochigian has written a remarkable book. It is ablaze…

Carnivore

Written by Jonathan Lyon — A detective with a drinking problem and a failed marriage. A hitman who finds a conscience. The psychologically damaged character…

Prussian Blue

Written by Philip Kerr – If you’ve tried your hand at art, you might know that Prussian Blue is a dark pigment used in paints. You…

Naked Shall I Return

Christopher Bartley introduced his craggy anti-hero Ross Duncan in Every Secret Thing, and now the chain smoking tough guy returns. He leads us on a…

A classic revisited: Cold Caller

Jason Starr’s 1997 debut is an acerbic story of white collar crime and a quarter-life crisis that brings new meaning to the term ‘dead-end job’.…

Woman of the Dead

Written by Bernhard Aichner, translated by Anthea Bell — Placing the reader in a moral dilemma by asking them to empathise with a transgressive protagonist…

Uncle Dust

Written by Rob Pierce — Dustin doesn’t hold down an ordinary job – he robs banks to pay the bills. It’s a compulsive cycle with him. Generate some…

The Suicide

Written by Mark SaFranko — Transgender people don’t usually get an easy ride in crime fiction. Sometimes they are the psychopaths, as in Silence of the Lambs,…