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RoughJustice: Top five books of 2019

In 2019 I haven’t reviewed as many crime books I would have liked, but such is the strength of the genre currently that I have had no difficulty identifying five books that I can wholeheartedly recommend. I think these choices represent a varied selection though…
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This Storm

This brutal, but redemptive masterpiece confirms that 2014’s disappointing Perfidia represented just a bump in the road of James Ellroy’s  stellar career rather than presaging a terminal decline. This Storm is set in Los Angeles in 1942 as the government begins preparing for the internment of…
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This Storm

Written by James Ellroy — In this follow-up to 2014’s somewhat overlong Perfidia, the author moves his story about the Irish cop Dudley Smith on a few weeks to the early months of 1942. The action, while set predominantly in Los Angeles, is extended to…
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James Ellroy's This Storm, and more...

On the Radar — Brace yourself, crime-writing and linguistic hurricane James Ellroy is back with a wartime thriller featuring the cop you love to hate, Dudley Smith. But if you don’t fancy LA as your next destination we’ve got plenty more including Amsterdam, and a…
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The most wanted crime books of 2019

Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but we think history and throwbacks will dominate crime fiction in 2019. The world feels considerably more unstable with Donald Trump as president, a huge feud continuing in the UK over Brexit, strong-arm nationalist politicians popping up all…
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