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Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland has generated a lot of interest over the preceding months with both veteran and new writers queuing up to sing its praises on social media. The hype, especially considering that Blacktop Wasteland is only Cosby’s second novel, is quite something. The last time…
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Sanctuary

Written by Luca D’Andrea — It was back in 2017 that we first picked up the global bestselling psychological thriller The Mountain by D’Andrea . Sanctuary is another thriller with strong psychological overtones that may be a match for D’Andrea’s five-star debut novel. We are…
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55

Written by James Delargy — Books with numbers as a title do well on this site – 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough and Steve Cavanagh’s Thirteen both earned five star reviews. Now it’s time to add 55 into that equation and see what the result…
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Scrublands

Written by Chris Hammer — In recent years, Australia has been the setting for some of crime fiction’s best-received novels. Think of The Dry by Jane Harper, Helen FitzGerald’s The Cry and Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and you’ll get my drift. Time to add…
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Overkill

Written by Vanda Symon — Tree-lined river banks. Long, winding roads through creepy rows of corn. Secluded woods that block out the light. And houses in hard-to-reach places on the dusty plains. The rural setting is one that crime fiction lovers are passionate about at…
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Bearskin

Written by James A McLaughlin — For his debut, James A McLaughlin provides an interesting spin on rural noir, itself an increasingly popular genre. Rather than focusing on the drama arising from conflict within poor rural communities, McLaughlin makes his protagonist an outsider. Rice is a…
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Weeping Waters

Written by Karin Brynard, translated by Maya Fowler and Isobel Dixon — South African crime fiction is going from strength to strength in both English and Afrikaans. Deon Meyer might dominate the landscape still with his pacey plots and thorough characterisation, but authors such as…
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NTN: Heaven's Crooked Finger

Written by Hank Early — Fresh off the presses and published independently by Crooked Lane Books, Hank Early’s debut looks perfect for readers who want a little Southern Gothic flavour and to discover a new voice in crime fiction at the same time. Earl Marcus may…
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