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Need More Road

Written by Stephen Jared — Eddie Howard is almost 50 years old. He has worked in the same bank and lived in the same house in Barstow, California, his entire adult life. It is the early 1950s and Eddie spends his days working and his nights and…
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The Woman Next Door

Written by Cass Green — “Neighbours, everybody loves good neighbours…” as the theme tune for the series of the same name goes. It continues by saying that good neighbours become good friends – but do they? Or could there be something sinister lurking below all…
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Epiphany Jones

Written by Michael Grothaus — Epiphany has a mutilated ear, hair as dark as a raven’s wing and hears voices from God, telling her what to do next. Jerry is incredibly lonely, addicted to celebrity porn sites and never quite sure what is real and what…
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Black Wings Has My Angel

This re-issued Elliott Chaze novel offers up a delicious trip into the noir past, and holds you in its grip. Originally published in 1954, the first-person narrator of Black Wings has all the sardonic humour of Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe, but instead of a PI he’s…
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Thin Ice

Quentin Bates brings us a delightful romp of a chiller, with a story line nicely balanced between the point of view of the criminals and the police. A catalogue of errors, from a missing getaway car, to kidnappers running out of petrol, to inquisitive neighbours,…
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Dodgers

Written by Bill Beverly — A modern crime classic in the tradition of Richard Price’s Clockers, Dodgers is the story of a youthful soldier in the south Los Angeles drug trade. East, a black 16-year-old, is a yardman for a drug house, which means he…
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Thin Ice

Written by Quentin Bates — How does Quentin Bates manage to do it all? Translate Ragnar Jonasson’s Icelandic crime series, organise the Iceland Noir festival, and produce on average one murder mystery a year. What’s more, all this productivity seems to be making his writing better…
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Black Wings Has My Angel

Written by Elliott Chaze — This is a 2016 reissue by The New York Review of Books of a Mississippi newspaperman’s best noir crime novel, originally published in 1954. Black Wings Has My Angel is a roller-coaster of a read; lightning fast and a lot of…
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