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The Beresford by Will Carver

Will Carver’s literary thriller has more than a dollop of devilish doings. The author’s last few novels such as Good Samaritans, Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip have loosely or more closely focused on the work of his darkly troubled police detective…
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Little Siberia

Finnish author Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia is far more than a peculiar crime caper – it has a far deeper meaning, which you’ll discover when you read this exemplary Scandinavian crime novel. Set in a small town near the Russian border, the book centres on…
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Palm Beach, Finland

Written by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackston — In just over a decade, Antti Tuomainen has shown his impressive versatility within the crime fiction genre. He has written dystopian noir (The Healer), an ecothriller (The Mine) and black comedy (The Man Who Died). In…
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Smoking Kills

Written by Antoine Laurain, translated by Louise Rogers-Lalaurie — The title of this book is marketing genius, with a wink in the direction of every packet of cigarettes and pouch of tobacco in the EU. Although we all know the evil weed is a killer,…
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The Man Who Died

Written by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackston — If you think you already know what to expect from an Antti Tuomainen crime novel, prepare to be surprised. We certainly thought we did, having reviewed him several times on our site. There’s his philosophical dystopia…
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A classic revisited: Heed the Thunder

Jim Thompson’s second novel Heed the Thunder is a sprawling, multi-generational epic following the descent of the Fargo clan at the turn of the 19th century. Although not a noir in the strictest sense, its ominous style and cruel but sympathetic characters show clear signs…
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Little Tales of Misogyny

Written by Patricia Highsmith — The title of Patricia Highsmith’s story collection, reissued this month by Virago, remains highly provocative even 40 years after it first appeared. As a reader, you wonder if these tales will highlight the cruelty of misogyny from a feminist perspective. Or…
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Fiddle City

Written by Dan Kavanagh — When Julian Barnes’s pseudonymous PI novel Duffy was reissued earlier this year, the literary author found himself welcomed into the crime genre. Written under the name Dan Kavanagh, Duffy was a scandalously funny, violent and sordid debut from a writer…
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