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Familiarity, no contempt

On the Radar — Several long-standing favourite characters make a reappearance here in our new releases this week including Frieda Klein, Bruno Courrèges, ‘Max’ Maxsted, and Peter Diamond. There are also new books by Karin Slaughter, Brian McGilloway, Cathi Unsworth and – with another Bob Dylan song…
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Cop Town

Written by Karin Slaughter — We’re in Atlanta and it’s 1974. Doesn’t sound long ago if you’re of a certain age – but trust me, mid-70s Georgia is a world away from the uber-politically correct here and now. It’s November as the book opens, and…
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Mr Rankin the playwright

On the Radar — This week we have two curiosities among the exciting new releases. Firstly – and this is certainly a first for CFL – we have the script of a stage play. Publishers wouldn’t normally expect scripts to sell particularly well, but seeing…
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Unseen

Written by Karin Slaughter — Opening a Karin Slaughter novel is like visiting the hall of mirrors at a fairground. You see things from all angles, but can never be certain which one is the true picture. Unseen is the ninth in the Will Trent series,…
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Lehane grabs Best Novel Edgar

Last night New York City played host to the 67th annual Edgar Awards, hosted by the Mystery Writers of America, but it was Boston boy Dennis Lehane who grabbed the Best Novel prize for Live by Night. The second novel in his series exploring crime,…
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Serial killer novels: 10 of the best

The traditional definition of a serial killer is a person who has killed three or more people. Individuals who can single-handedly spread this kind of death and destruction have been a terrifying part of our collective conscience for centuries. Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer,…
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Top five: America's best fictional detectives

As far as fictional detectives go there are so many to choose from. The iconic Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Inspector Morse and Commissaire Maigret have kept crime at bay in Europe. But what about America’s fictional villains? Who tracks them down? Tonight we’re going to…
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DI Rebus is back!

On the radar — This week our radar is going crazy with a major signal as we bring you news of the return of one of crime fiction’s most popular Scottish detectives. Yes, Ian Rankin has penned another Rebus novel. He’s been away for five…
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