Nagaisayonara: Top five books of 2014

2014 has been a bumper year for international crime fiction, and it’s no co-incidence that my top five for this year visits almost every continent on earth (no offense South America, I was limited to five…) The year also saw a brilliant selection of crime…
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Present Darkness

Written by Malla Nunn — Present Darkness is the fourth installment in Malla Nunn’s series of novels starring Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper. The cover – a picture of two rhinos ambling across a dry plain – could be a South African tourism advertisement, except for…
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Silent Valley

Written by Malla Nunn — International crime fiction sometimes feels like a contest between the Scandinavians and the Irish. If so, the South Africans are closing ground on both of them. Think of writers like Margie Orford, Roger Smith and Mike Nicol, just to name…
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