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On the Radar: Crime through the ages

December gets underway with some gripping mysteries and brutal crimes for detectives to solve both in the present day, and back in the past. We lead off our new books report with author Luke McCallin filling in some of the back story behind his popular…
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Newcomer

Written by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray — The translations of The Devotion of Suspect X and Malice have put Japanese author Keigo Higashino on the map in English-speaking countries, at least among those who enjoy discovering crime books from other cultures around the…
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Time for some cybercrime

On the Radar — The connected world of the internet, apps, social media and the Dark Web offers the perfect inspiration for contemporary crime authors and it sometimes surprises us that this whole murky milieu doesn’t appear more in what we read. This week two…
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Japanese crime fiction: Six of the best

The Japanese love to read. A combination of near-universal literacy and long commute times means that you’re likely to see trains full of everyone from high school students to company owners with an open manga, paperback or kindle. This, coupled with a less clear distinction…
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Nagaisayonara: Top five books of 2015

Early in 2015 I said that this would be the year of the psychological thriller, and I wasn’t wrong. Perhaps you’ll see this reflected in my top picks, below. Although the trend for psychological crime is showing no sign of slowing, I’d love to see a…
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Journey Under the Midnight Sun

Written by Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O Smith — It’s no exaggeration to say that Keigo Higashino is a phenomenon in Japan. Popular and multi-award winning, he’s been putting out books steadily for the past 30 years, which means there’s a rich vein of potential translations…
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