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Pursuit

Written by Joyce Carol Oates — Joyce Carol Oates is famously prolific and writes across a number of forms and genres. This novella promises a story of suspense. Abby is 20 years old and living in New York State, a virgin bride to a religious…
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This little dark debut, and more

On the Radar — Let’s get things going this week with a fresh voice in the world of crime fiction as AS Hatch releases his debut novel. There’s lots more though, with four books from veterans based both in the UK and in the United…
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Dis Mem Ber

Written by Joyce Carol Oates – This collection of mostly longish short stories features Oates’s sly humour and penchant for the off-kilter. There’s something just a little bit obsessive, just a little wrong about many of the protagonists who appear. Sometimes, there’s a lot wrong. Someplace along…
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Mix a drink, it's party time

On the Radar — Yes, there’s good weather at last in the UK and so we’ll start this week’s new books pile with something light-hearted, bubbly and refreshing. But, don’t worry if you prefer melancholy because there’s plenty of that too, with gothic horror, deadly prison…
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Jack of Spades

Written by Joyce Carol Oates — This rather short (200-page) psychological thriller is told as a first-person narrative by successful mystery author Andrew J Rush. Rush thinks of himself with quote marks around his name, perhaps because he’s beginning to realise identity is more ephemeral…
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Evil Eye

Written by Joyce Carol Oates – An acclaimed novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist, and literary critic, Joyce Carol Oates was once dubbed ‘the dark lady of American letters’. In her 50-year career, she’s often been drawn to violent characters and harrowing subjects. Where Are…
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The Fever

Written by Megan Abbott — With her early, noirish crime novels, Megan Abbott revisited the hardboiled tradition and period detail of 1950s LA from a female character’s perspective. Her more recent books, including Dare Me, have focused on the mystery and intrigue surrounding teenage girls….
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