First look: Ryuko

She smokes cigars, rides a motorbike, packs twin tommies and she has a dragon tattoo. But Ryuko isn’t from Sweden, and she’s not like anything…

Back Door to Hell

Written by Paul Gadsby — Nate doesn’t have a plan, all he has is first degree burns on the soles of his feet after a run-in…

November Road

Edgar award winner Lou Berney’s latest stand-alone thriller has already appeared on numerous best of 2018 lists, including from two of our own contributors. November…

The Cold Summer

Written by Gianrico Carofiglio, translated by Howard Curtis — Real-life events from 1992 are woven into Gianrico Carofiglio’s fascinating contribution to Italian crime fiction. The…

Countdown to Osaka

Written by Joe Hefferon — Crime fiction set in Japan, Korea and other counties of the Far East is gaining in popularity, and even Western…

November Road

Written by Lou Berney — Lou Berney’s 2015 novel The Long and Faraway Gone won a string of awards including the Edgar, Barry, McAvity and Anthony gongs.…

Charlesgate Confidential

Scott Von Doviak’s debut is the complete package. It has ambition. The narrative is split in to three parts, 1946, 1986, and 2014. There is…

Lost Empress

Written by Sergio de la Pava — This remarkable book is a crime novel in only the loosest sense of the genre. Yes, crimes take…

The Syndicate

Written by Clarence Cooper Jr — There aren’t many books that grab you from the first line and don’t let go. There are even fewer…

Beg for Mercy

Written by Keith Nixon — Followers of Keith Nixon’s Solomon Gray series have had something of a love/hate relationship with the Kent copper. But we’re…

Blood Standard

Written by Laird Barron — Alaskan ex-patriate Laird Barron now lives in New York State, where this debut crime novel is set. Barron, by the way,…

Blue Night

Written by Simone Buchholz, translated by Rachel Ward — Chastity Riley, once a hotshot state prosecutor, has suffered a demotion after bringing down one of her…

An Aegean April

Written by Jeffery Siger — It is Easter time on the Greek Island of Lesvos and the shipping tycoon Mihalis Volandes is about to become…

The End of Lies

Written by Andrew Barrett — “How can you tell if you’re lying to yourself?” this crime thriller begins, and it’s a good question. Middle-aged librarian…

NTN: Scream Blue Murder

Written by Tony J Forder — Published by indie outfit Bloodhound books, Scream Blue Murder is the third novel this year by new author Tony J…