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The First One You Expect

Written by Adam Cesare — There is plenty of crime fiction set in the glamorous world of Hollywood, about egomaniacal auteurs, shady producers and temperamental film stars. Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty and Stuart M Kaminsky’s Toby Peters mystery series are good examples. Funnily enough, there…
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Shoot the Woman First

Written by Wallace Stroby — The ex-journalist Wallace Stroby, who has become a hardboiled crime author, returns with his third book about Crissa Stone. His professional thief has already been the anti-heroine in Cold Shot to the Heart (2011) and Kings of Midnight (2012). Crissa…
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Are crime novels killing short stories?

While the crime novel is in rude health with huge sales for contemporary genre authors, what about the short story? It’s true that labyrinthine crime plots have always suited the novel – although Golden Age writers penned shorter novels than today’s chunky bestsellers – but…
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Rough Riders

Written by Charlie Stella — This New York writer has been on my radar for some time. Never quite breaking out, he has however amassed a solid reputation as a writer of hardboiled, streetwise crime fiction over the course of several novels. When Bill Crider…
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Raylan

US Marshall Raylan Givens returns in this third in the series from Elmore Leonard featuring the characters in the popular TV show Justified. The book really has three storylines – Raylan finds a man semi-comatose after having his kidneys removed, then must protect an unscrupulous…
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Raylan

Written by Elmore Leonard — This is the third novel, after Riding the Rap and Pronto, to feature US Marshall Raylan Givens. Having experienced only mixed success with film and TV adaptations of his work (anybody remember Karen Sisco, the short-lived spin-off from Out of…
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