Saturday, 24 September 2016

AUGUST 2016 - READING LIST AND PICK OF THE MONTH



Eight books read in the month, which I'm fairly happy with. Ideally I would have liked to have hit the 10 mark, but I was sufficiently advanced with 2 of my part-reads to be able to mark up 2 on the 1st day of September.

The eight were.........

Frank Bill - Crimes in Southern Indiana (2011) (4.5)

Dave Warner  - City of Light (1995) (4)

A. R. Arrington - Mirage Colorado: Road to Redemption (2016) (4)

V. H. Leslie - Bodies of Water (2016) (4)

Adam Maxwell - The Dali Deception (2016) (4)

Luca Veste - It Never Leaves You (2016) (4)

Iain Ryan - Drainland (2016) (4.5)

Douglas Skelton - Blood City (2013) (5)


I did also read 31 varying short stories in the month - see here.

Book of the Month  Well one 5 star read and an obvious pick of the month - Douglas Skelton's Blood City

Of the rest - 2 reads at 4.5 and 5 rating 4 stars 

A bit more trivia or data........

4 of the 8 were new-to-me authors, 4 have been read before - Douglas Skelton, Luca Veste, Adam Maxwell and Iain Ryan.

No surprises here - 7 dudes, only 1 dudess - V. H. Leslie. (Same as last month.)



2 authors hail from the US, 2 from Australia, 2 from England1 from Scotland, 1 from Britain (I can't get any more specific than that!)

All 8 reads were fiction.

4 were paperback reads, 3 were Kindle editions, 1 was an audio book.

7 from this decade - 2 from this year. 1 from the 1990s.

3 of the 8 books were pre-owned, though 1 was a recent Amazon Freebie, 2 were kindly sent by the authors, 2 were sent to me by publishers - Robot Ronin Press and Salt Publishing and 1 from my local library.

Favourite cover? Crimes in Southern Indiana by some distance.

Total page count = 1822


1 < 50,
1 between 51 < 100,
1 between 101 < 200,
2 between 201 < 300,
2 between 301 < 400,
1 > 400 pages  - 406 Dave Warner's City of Light.


Friday, 23 September 2016

AUGUST 2016 - ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY...SOME OF AT LEAST....

A few more on to the imaginary shelves (device and desk drawer actually) in the month....
Latest from Brit Grit author - Paul D. Brazill - copy kindly sent by the man himself.
A killer priest is on the rampage across London and an egotistical Hollywood action movie star is out for revenge when is his precious comic book collection is stolen.Meanwhile, gangster Marty Cook's dreams of going legit swiftly turn pear shaped when one of his bouncers accidentally kills one of his salsa club's regular customers.Razor sharp wisecracks, gaudy characters and even gaudier situations abound in Cold London Blues, a violent and pitch-black Brit Grit comedy of errors.

Third book from Mike McCrary - copy received from author! Currently reading!
Art is about to imitate a life of crime. Jasper knows you don’t quit the movie business. The movie business quits you. He wants back in – Badly. Needs a comeback – Badly. And Jasper truly believes he can make a movie Hollywood will want – Badly. Genuinely Dangerous follows the nightmarish yet hilarious journey of Jasper Tripp, a down-and-out filmmaker who embeds himself in a crew of wild and mysterious criminals so he can film a documentary that’ll land him back in the Hollywood fast lane. From Mike McCrary, author of REMO WENT ROGUE, comes another unfiltered, unpredictable romp of a thriller where the insane becomes sane and life itself becomes Genuinely Dangerous.


Copy received from publisher - All Due Respect!
For ex-con and pool cleaning man Jess Forsyth, life is a California rhythm of surf, work, tacos, and drink. He’s gone straight, and he’s happy with that…Sort of. When he runs into an old pal, Jess finds himself taking money (and pride) from a well-heeled drug dealer. But things get twisted. On the journey that follows, Jess discovers you can’t escape what you are, especially when there’s cash for the taking. There are three kinds of fool in this life—the lost, the guilty, and the dead. But who the heck is who?

“Reminiscent of Irvine Welsh’s ‘Crime’ but with that Southern Californian feel that only sex, guns, drugs, murder and surfboards can bring to the party…” – Grant Nicol (author of On A Small Island, The Mistake and A Place To Bury Strangers)

"Matt Phillips speaks fluently the language of the dispossessed... His whiskey-soaked prose can at times be as slick as a man slinging snake-oil, and other times as brutal as a baseball bat to the head." – Eryk Pruitt (author of Hashtag and Dirtbags)

"Phillips' writing is so multi-layered and deep... [A]n author to watch out for..." – Regular Guy Reading Noir

"[Phillips] paints sharp, cutting scenes... He peppers the action with tight quips, imagining a very true world through a very discerning set of eyes." – Tim Learn (author of the‘Chewy-Noh series)

South African king of crime fiction - FREE AUDIBLE DOWNLOAD (12 hours plus..WTF!)
Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them.
Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications. It seems it is not just the terrorists and criminals of Britain and South Africa who may fear the Professor's work, but the politicians too.
As the body count begins to spiral viciously, Benny must put his new-found love life aside and focus on finding the one person who could give him a break in the case: a teenage pickpocket on the run in the city. But Benny is not the only person hunting for Tyrone Kleinbooi . . .
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, COBRA is a relentlessly suspenseful, topical and richly rewarding novel from an author who is acclaimed around the world as a brilliant voice in crime fiction.

Already featured on the blog last month - copy from publisher!
A cop killer on the loose in Cardiff - introducing a dark and gritty new voice in crime fiction, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and David Mark

At a squalid flat near the Cardiff docks, an early morning police raid goes catastrophically wrong when the police aren't the only unexpected guests. A plain clothes officer is shot dead at point blank range, the original suspect is left in a coma. The killer, identity unknown, slips away.

Young and inexperienced, Will MacReady starts his first day on the CID. With the city in shock and the entire force reeling, he is desperate to help ­- but unearths truths that lead the team down an increasingly dark path...

Previously enjoyed author, a year or two ago - bought copy on Amazon.
S. C. HARKER.....

Returns to Binnacle Bay with a novel about small town life – and death

When unidentified man is found dead at the Cape Incognita lighthouse, Police Chief Pat Fitzlaff, begins an investigation that will reach over twenty years into the past to expose the dark legacy of a brutal crime. Pat reunites with Murphy, the giant, loveable hound, and connects the past to the present to uncover the shocking truth.

Copy from publisher!
A new instalment in the most famous series from the father of Italian crime fiction

Death is in the air at one of Milan's great fashion houses. As a new collection is unveiled, and the wealthy rub shoulders with the glamorous, owner Cristiana O'Brian escapes upstairs to discover the strangled body of her servant slumped on her bed - a single orchid by his side.

When Inspector Di Vicenzi is called in to investigate, the brilliant detective is puzzled; why is Cristiana behaving so suspiciously? And what is her estranged ex-husband doing there? As two further corpses appear, each accompanied by an orchid, Di Vicenzi must see through dirty tricks and slippery clues in order to uncover the real killer.

Augusto De Angelis's notorious sleuth returns in a cryptic murder mystery teeming with blackmail, deceit and revenge.

Augusto De Angelis (1888-1944) was an Italian novelist and journalist, most famous for his series of detective novels featuring Commissario Carlo De Vincenzi. His cultured protagonist was enormously popular in Italy, but the Fascist government of the time considered him an enemy, and during the Second World War he was imprisoned by the authorities. Shortly after his release he was beaten up by a Fascist activist and died from his injuries. The Murdered Banker and The Hotel of the Three Roses are also available from Pushkin Vertigo.

Copy received from publisher - lucky me!
We ll lock you both up in the same jail cell... a tough one... the sort of place that gives kindly old ladies the shivers.

At one of France s toughest prisons, an undercover cop is attempting to trap an enemy spy by posing as a fellow inmate. So Frank and Hal find themselves holed up together in a grimy, rat-infested cell, each warily eyeing the other. As they plan a daring escape, an unexpected friendship ensues but which is the cop and which is the spy?

'The French master of noir' Observer

Gritty and hard-hitting, The Wicked Go to Hell is a tense, paranoid fifties thriller about duty and conscience, deception and loyalty, and about what it means to be human whether you re the good guy or not.

Frédéric Dard (1921-2000) was one of the best known and loved French crime writers of the twentieth century. Enormously prolific, he wrote hundreds of thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays throughout his long and illustrious career. Bird in a Cage, Crush and The Executioner Weeps (for which he won the 1957 Grand prix de littérature policière) will also be published by Pushkin Vertigo.

Bought copy when it was free on Amazon in the month. Found the actual book in the tubs a day or two afterwards!
“All Hat is a winner all the way.” — The Globe and Mail

Ray Dokes is fresh out of prison and fresh out of options…

He’s determined to turn his life around and stay out of trouble, but that means avoiding Sonny Stanton – the rich and violent heir of a thoroughbred dynasty

Two horses – one an arrogant creature that’ll bite you as soon as you look away, the other gentle and friendly.

But only one of them is worth more than a million dollars.

Stanton is a rich man and Ray is just an ex-convict.

But only one of them is a cruel man.

Ray soon learns that appearances can be deceptive.

When Stanton starts buying up all the local farmland, only one person is left standing in his way in a last-ditch effort to save her family farm - Etta Parr, Ray’s old flame.

However, when Stanton oversteps the mark yet again, Ray and his trusty gang have a taste for revenge.

But Ray has to be careful.

One wrong move and he’ll find himself back behind bars.

And this time, they’ll be no getting out…


Bought copy from Amazon!
A SERIAL KILLER STALKS THE STREETS...
Shawnee Daniels - computer forensics specialist/hacker for RPD by day, cat burglar by night - always believed her "fearlessness rules" mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over.

A CAT BURGLAR PICKS THE WRONG HOUSE TO ROB...
Shawnee thinks she made it out clean until a deadly package arrives at her door soon after. He's found her. As a glowing eagle taunts her Skype screen, Jack tells her she stole his precious trophy box -- and he wants it back!

THEIR LIVES COLLIDE...
When her "helpful" best friend convinces her to date charismatic Detective Levaughn Samuels, her two worlds threaten to implode. Ordinarily Shawnee keeps a firm line between her professions, but dating Levaughn might help her get this psycho off her tail.

AND NOW, NO ONE IS SAFE...
In this lightning-fast-paced psychological thriller of secrets and lies, Shawnee juggles being stalked by a serial killer, dating the lead detective on the case, and tap dancing around her librarian best friend.If she doesn't find the trophy box, the killer's coming for her. If she doesn't expose her secrets and lies, more will die. And if she does, she could lose her freedom and everyone she holds dear.


Copy from author who I've read previously. CURRENTLY FREE ON AMAZON KINDLE - so I bought it as well!
The body count is rising…

When psychopath Daniel Moxley makes his escape while being escorted to Broadmoor high security prison, he sets off on a trail of bloody revenge, leaving police forces throughout the north of England floundering in his wake.

Moxley’s paranoia has him seemingly selecting victims at random. The only thing they have in common is the gruesome nature of their killings. Police, prison warders and even old ladies have been the target of Moxley’s cold-blooded murder spree.

When Detective Inspector Vinnie Palmer is assigned to the case, Moxley decides that he too must die, but not before he has led him from one blood-soaked scene to another. Among his victims is Vinnie’s offsider, Detective Constable Rob Hill, who he discovers has his own dark and destructive secret that rips Vinnie’s life apart.

With the help of Moxley’s psychiatrist, Vinnie delves deep into the man’s criminal past and uncovers a history of corrupt police, sexual coercion and gaol brutality. But when Vinnie closes in on Moxley and takes the law into his own hands, he ends up suspended and stripped of his police powers.

Determined not to let Moxley escape justice, Vinnie continues his pursuit of the maniac as a private citizen. He teams up with determined television reporter Christine Jones and together they pursue Moxley north to Scotland and back again. But the killer always seems to be one step ahead, leaving a trail mutilated bodies in his wake.

Lured on by Moxley’s taunts, Vinnie discovers that it is his own wife – a fellow police worker – who has been an unwitting aid in Moxley’s deadly deeds.

As a result, his suspension is lifted in time for him and Christine to gain full police support and finally confront Moxley in a terrifying final encounter.

But is it too late?

Roger A Price is a crime fighter turned crime writer who spent more than thirty-one years in the police force. He served across the UK, Europe and the Far East before retiring as a detective inspector in charge of a covert undercover drugs unit that achieved national acclaim.

French Noir from the publisher!
A widow's quiet retirement in the foothills of the Alps is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious stranger.

Recently widowed grandmother Éliette is returning to her home in the mountains when her micro-car breaks down. A stranger comes to her aid on foot. Éliette offers him a lift, glad of the interruption to her humdrum routine. That night, her neighbours' son is killed in a road accident. Could the tragedy be linked to the arrival of her good Samaritan?

Thursday, 22 September 2016

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH MARTIN HOLMEN

It's been a while since I've read a Swedish crime novel, but I've recently finished Clinch by author Martin Holmen.

Martin was kind enough to submit to a bit of gentle questioning, but first here's a bit about the book....





The first book in the Harry Kvist Trilogy

You can put the gloves on the shelf but it takes a long time to wash their smell from your knuckles.


The writing's on the wall for Harry Kvist. Once a notorious boxer, he now spends his days drinking, and his nights chasing debts amongst the pimps, prostitutes and petty thieves of 1930s Stockholm. When women can't satisfy him, men can. But one biting winter's night he pays a threatening visit to a debtor named Zetterberg, and when the man is found dead shortly afterwards, all eyes are on Kvist.

Determined to avoid yet another stint in prison, Kvist sets out to track down the only person who can clear his name. His hunt will lead him from the city's slums, gangster hideouts and gambling dens to its most opulent hotels and elite nightclubs. It will bring him face to face with bootleggers and whores, aristocrats and murderers. It will be the biggest fight of his life.

Blending noir with gritty violence, Clinch is a visceral, compulsive thriller that packs a punch and leaves you reeling.

'Clinch is a dark, atmospheric, powerful thriller, the best debut novel I've read in years' - Lynda La Plante
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Here's Martin.....

Is the writing full-time?

I still teach History two days a week.

What's been the most satisfying moment of your writing career so far?

I would say all the hours I put into it. I like be on my own, working.
On another hand - being chosen by Val McDermid to be a part of the New
Blood panel this summer was quite an honor.

How long did Clinch take from conception to completion?

About two years, there was a lot of research involved.

Clinch is your first published novel, with another two in the trilogy
behind it - have you completed these or are they still works in
progress?

I'm wrapping it up now! The third and finishing installment SLUGGER will
be on my publishers desk here in Sweden by Christmas.

Does the time period of the trilogy remain pre-war 30s Sweden
throughout like Clinch, or do the latter books move on in time?

I'm sticking to the 30s and Stockholm, 1932 - 1935 to be exact.

Are we likely to see anything from you set in more contemporary
Sweden, or is your writing more focussed on the past?

I have some ideas but historical pieces will always be my priority I
think.

Are there any unpublished gems in the bottom drawer?

Actually not. Beginners luck I guess. And maybe a tiny bit of talent.

What's your typical writing schedule?

All over the place. In phases I work very disciplined from about 8 AM to
2 PM, in other cases I can write 18 hours but I'm trying to stick to my
short days and take breaks.

Do you insert family, friends, and colleagues into your characters?

I really don't. I get almost all of my inspiration from books and
movies.

Are there any subjects off limits?

No, writing in a noir kind of way is sort of an exaggerated realistic
style and there should be an element of melodrama as well. In modern day
Swedish society I would say that very little is off limits.

What are the last five books you have read?

Well, three of them have only got Swedish titles and the others were two
old favorites: Turkish Delight by Jan Wolkers and The Diceman by Luke Rhinehart.

Who do you read and enjoy?

French and Russian realists and naturalist writers, the great American
novels of Dos Passos, Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner, some pulp
fiction. A rarely read contemporary literature and quite rarely crime,
most of my favorites is from the 1880s to the 1940s I would say.

Is there any one book you wish you had written?

I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do and came close enough I
think. The best debut I've ever read is Hemingway's The Sun also Rises I
think. I could never have written a novel like Garcia Marquez' One
Hundred Years of Solitude for example but damn I wish I could.

Favourite activity when not working.

Threesomes. (Didn't AC give the same answer once in an interview, or have I misremembered?)

What's the best thing about writing?

To disappear.

The worst?

The finishing touches, like moving commas around.


CLINCH BY MARTIN HOLMÉN IS PUBLISHED BY PUSHKIN VERTIGO, £7.99 http://pushkinpress.com/book/clinch/ 

Thanks to Martin for his time.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

IAIN RYAN - DRAINLAND (2016)


Synopsis/blurb….

A disgraced cop. A case gone wrong. A danger she never saw coming.

Laura Romano is a dishonored cop and an addict. After being sold out by her biker boyfriend, she’s reassigned to Tunnel Island, a tropical paradise with a dark, seedy underbelly. When the son of an influential politician turns up dead, Romano teams up with a hard-nosed sheriff to investigate.

As the clues point to a pair of junkies from the island’s south side, Romano knows there are too many loose ends to let the case go. What she doesn’t realize is that someone on the island knows the truth about the case. Someone who will stop at nothing to keep the truth a secret…

Drainland is the first book in a new series of crime mysteries. If you like hardboiled female protagonists, gritty crime mysteries, and a dash of tropical paradise, then you’ll love Iain Ryan’s fast-paced page-turner.

Another engrossing and compelling novel from Australia.

Cop Laura Romano has been exiled to Tunnel Island. The island, with its casinos and high-class hotels, caters to the high-rollers with deep pockets and dubious appetites – discretion guaranteed. In conjunction with a complicit police hierarchy the money men control things.

Romano has yet to understand and accept how the island works, meeting puzzling resistance to her efforts to  dig a bit deeper into a couple of suspicious deaths, written off and closed as a murder-suicide.

Battling her addictions and her apathetic colleagues, she butts heads with enforcer Jim Harris. (Harris was someone we encountered in Ryan’s previous book Four Days.) Rewind the clock, Romano is Harris twenty years ago.

Reluctantly Harris allows Romano to continue her inquiries, knowing if necessary he can pull the plug on her. Tracking down a couple of suspects to the islands Drainland – a ghetto camp-cum-tent village of bikers, whores, addicts and homeless, the pair find their quarry in hanging valley. Case closed?

No - too convenient. Romano pushes further. Further enquiries to the mainland, get red-flagged. Harris gets pressured. There’s plenty of secrets that need protecting.

Some way down the line, Harris comes on board and helps her clean house, in a none too subtle fashion.  

Interesting main character in Romano, a troubled alcoholic and a loner, but not someone who is totally likeable. You’ve got to admire her tenacity and resolve though. I’ll be interested in reading more books featuring her in the future from the author.

Dark, disturbing, harsh, brutal to the nth degree.

4.5 stars from 5

I’ve enjoyed Iain Ryan’s two previous offerings – Two Days and Four Days.


He has his website here. Catch him on Twitter - @iainkryan

Drainland was supplied by the author for an honest review.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

2 BY STELLA RIMINGTON

Stella Rimington was formerly head of MI5 before turning to writing. A couple of non-fiction works appeared before she turned her hand to fiction

An educated guess, as I haven't read any of her 9 book long Liz Carlyle series yet, but I would imagine they might closely depict the average working life of a British intelligence officer in the post-Cold War era. Hopefully not too closely, as I would imagine, like most jobs there are plenty of days where boredom is the norm.










The full series list is
Liz Carlyle
1. At Risk (2004)
2. Secret Asset (2006)
3. Illegal Action (2007)
4. Dead Line (2008)
5. Present Danger (2009)
6. Rip Tide (2011)
7. The Geneva Trap (2012)
8. Close Call (2014)
9. Breaking Cover (2016)


From her author page at Fantastic Fiction........
Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1965 and during her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - and became successively Director of all three branches. She was appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced on appointment.  







Present Danger (2009)

MI5 intelligence officer Liz Carlyle has just been despatched to Northern Ireland. It's a promotion, and she'll be running agents - her favourite activity - but it also means being separated from Charles Wetherby, her old boss, recently widowed and a very close friend. Attachments in the Intelligence Services are not encouraged: it seems her superiors know more about Liz's life than she thinks. In Belfast, Liz and her team are monitoring the brutal breakaway Republican groups who never accepted the peace process and want to continue their 'war'. Intelligence is focused on the shady Fraternity, with links to drug-running, arms-dealing and organised crime. With some help from Special Branch and a volunteer informant who seems to be legit, the Fraternity's leader is identified as a cold, calculating and ruthless American, hijacking the Cause for his own financial ends. It is a perilous group to become involved with. Especially if your informant turns tail...


Close Call (2014)

The Arab Spring has swept through the Middle East and Liz Carlyle and her compatriots in the Thames House's counter-espionage division are racing to investigate arms deals in Yemen. There's a UN embargo forbidding any member country from supplying arms to either side in the uprisings, but Andy Bokus, head of the CIA's London Station, has evidence that the weapons being smuggled into Yemen are not only being sold to both sides, but are coming from a connection in the UK--a highly embarrassing black mark on the government and, if true, full of disastrous consequences.

British-American cooperation widens as Liz teams up with her old rival Bruno McKay, MI6's Head of Station in Paris, and Isobel Florian of the French domestic service, the DCRI, to trail and trap the elusive weapons dealer. The evidence points to a former French intelligence officer, Antoine Milraud, who leads them all on a mad chase across Europe until investigators witness him passing something to an elegantly dressed, very mysterious man.


When Milraud is caught and informs on his fellow conspirators, Liz finds herself embroiled in a larger, potentially explosive situation that twists all the way back to what she feared most--that the arms are being sold through the UK, and the mysterious man is closer and more capable of brutal violence than she ever could have imagined.

Monday, 19 September 2016

LOGGING THE LIBRARY - PART EIGHTY-THREE

A project that started in October, 2014 with the contents of the first tub recorded, approaches two years in progress with tub 83......

Tub 83

John Gardner, James Patterson, Joe R. Lansdale, Dennis Lehane, Brian Garfield,

John Gardner and Boysie Oakes!
Boysie Oakes is back.

The suave, womanising special agent for British Intelligence returns in his second thrilling adventure.

At the height of the Cold War, Boysie is sent on a routine mission to America.

In San Diego, he will be the official British observer for the test-fire of America's latest nuclear missile: The Trepholite.

But the Soviets have other plans.

A double of Boysie has been sent into the field.

And very soon Boysie is embroiled in a game of bluff and double-bluff involving a holocaustic missile, a slick con man - and Vladimir Solev, an deadly opponent and yet also a man in whom Boysie sees something of himself.

Along the way, Boysie is mixed up with two gorgeous women - the sultry Priscilla Braddock Fairchild and the luscious Chicory Triplehouse.

As he adventures across the United States, Boysie must dodge bullets, deadly predators and jealous women.

And as he arrives in San Diego the clock is ticking and Operation Understrike is under way.

'Understrike' is the second in the series of highly acclaimed spy novels featuring cowardly secret agent, Boysie Oakes. It is perfect for fans of classic British spy fiction, including Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, and Desmond Bagley.

John Gardner, Joseph Hone, John D. MacDonald, Gregg Hurwitz, John Ball,

Joseph Hone - 1971 espionage book
Eric Ambler, John Buchan, Erskine Childers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, Len Deighton, Ian Fleming, Frederick Forsyth, Graham Greene, Geoffrey Household, John le Carre, Robert Ludlum and Joseph Hone. What do they have in common? They wrote spy thrillers and all have appeared in a recent survey of the fifty best books in that genre. Although he may be the least known the inclusion of Joseph Hone was not eccentric. The particular title chosen was The Private Sector the first of his Peter Marlow titles. The author and the title are fully deserving of this accolade. The time is May, 1967 in the weeks leading up to the Arab/Israeli six day war. The place is Cairo. The story is Peter Marlow's, an Irish teacher and secret agent sent from London to find his friend and fellow spy, Henry Edwards who has vanished from Cairo. During the course of this fool's errand, he also finds his former wife, Bridget, who is now deeply involved with Edwards both emotionally and professionally. Marlow moves easily British and Egyptian intelligence branches, attaching his allegiance to neither until he becomes the unwitting victim of a failed plot to topple Nasser. Credible and dramatic, this is a story of callous political and human intrigue and of a mission which can only succeed if none of the men return.

John Camp, Gavin Lyall, Lawrence Block, Jimmy Boyle, Andy McNab,

Daniel Silva, Robert Crais, Brian Freemantle, Ian Rankin, John D. MacDonald,

More Charlie Muffin - book 4
Charlie Muffin has been approached to mastermind a 4.5 million dollar protection job for Tsar Nicholas II's priceless stamp collection. Charlie has no way of knowing that the Romanov stamp exhibition has been staged entirely by the FBI to capture Giuseppe Terrilli, a Florida businessman with a passion for stamps. The Tsar's stamp collection debuts in New York as the Terrilli's mob assembles in Florida to organize the theft of the collection. The robbery proves not to be quite so simple once Charlie has arrived.



Barry Maitland, Dave Eggers, Peter Doyle, Peter May, Zane Lovitt,

Australian crime - Peter Doyle and Billy Glasheen
August 1945: the Japanese have surrendered and there's dancing in the streets of Sydney. But Billy Glasheen has little time to celebrate; his black marketeer boss has disappeared, leaving Billy high and dry. Soon he s on the run from the criminals and the cops, not to mention a shady private army. They all think he has the thing they want, and they'll kill to get hold of it. Unfortunately for Billy, he doesn't know what it is . . . but he'd better find it fast. Set in Australia in the years following World War II, Peter Doyle's novels brilliantly explore the criminal underworld, political corruption, and the postwar explosion of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll.

Australian crime again - Zane Lovitt
A brilliant Melbourne crime novel, told in ten hardboiled stories.

Winner, Ned Kelly Awards, Best First Fiction, 2013.

John Dorn is a private investigator. Just like his father used to be. It says 'private inquiry agent' in John's yellow pages ad because that's what his old man called himself, back before his business folded, his wife left him and he drank himself to death.

But John's not going to end up like his father. He doesn't have a wife, or much business. He doesn't really drink, either. Not yet.

In each of these ten delicious stories Zane Lovitt presents an intriguing investigation filled with humour and complex, beautifully observed characters. At their centre is John Dorn, solving not so much crimes as funny human puzzles; but the crimes, and the criminals, are forever lurking nearby, taunting him from the city's cold underworld.

It's his job to unravel the mystery, or right the wrong, or just do what the client has hired him to do. Somehow, though, there is a misstep at every turn, and John takes another small stumble towards his moment of personal truth. His midnight promise. Perhaps even his redemption.

Robert Harris, Jess Walter, Owen Sheers, Anthony Bourdain, Larry Heinemann,

Jess Walter - National Book Award Nominee
What's left of a place when you take the ground away?

Answer: The Zero.

Brian Remy has no idea how he got here. It's been only five days since his city was attacked, and Remy is experiencing gaps in his life--as if he were a stone skipping across water. He has a self-inflicted gunshot wound he doesn't remember inflicting. His son wears a black armband and refuses to acknowledge that Remy is still alive. He seems to be going blind. He has a beautiful new girlfriend whose name he doesn't know. And his old partner in the police department, who may well be the only person crazier than Remy, has just gotten his picture on a box of First Responder cereal.

And these are the good things in Brian Remy's life. While smoke still hangs over the city, Remy is recruited by a mysterious government agency that is assigned to gather all of the paper that was scattered in the attacks. As he slowly begins to realize that he's working for a shadowy operation, Remy stumbles across a dangerous plot, and soon realizes he's got to track down the most elusive target of them all--himself. And the only way to do that is to return to that place where everything started falling apart.

From a young novelist of astounding talent, The Zero is an extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense.

Mark Brandon Read, Sarah Caudwell, Robert Harris, Alex James, Jed Mercurio, 


Jed Mercurio

Like any womaniser, the subject of this novel must go to extraordinary lengths to hide his affairs from his wife and colleagues. But this is no ordinary adulterer - he is John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Yet he is also a virtuous man ensnared by an uncontrollable vice.

Startlingly empathetic, darkly witty and deft, American Adulterer takes inspiration from the tantalising details surrounding President Kennedy's sex life and medical secrets to weave a provocatively intricate portrait of the man's affairs, illness, courage and idealism - and in JFK's love for his wife, recreates one of history's most fascinatingly enigmatic marriages.

Anthony Bourdain - crime fiction!
All is not well at the Dreadnought Grill - the chef has a smack habit, the owner has been set up by the FBI and in the midst of this, the sous-chef Tommy is just trying to do his job.

Stella Rimington, Robert B. Parker, Ryan David Jahn, Koji Suzuki, Jeremy Poolman,

Barbara Vine, Keith Thomson, John R. Maxim, Mark Poirier, Jonas Jonasson,

Martin H. Greenberg/Bill Pronzini (ed.), Norman Green, Ryan David Jahn, Joe R. Lansdale, Chris Rose,

Joe R. Lansdale - Hap Collins and Leonard Pine
Florida Grange, Leonard Pine's lawyer and Hap Collin's former lover, has disappeared while on a case. Redneck psychopaths, voodoo exhumations, biblical thunderstorms and murder - nothing can deflect Hap and Leonard from their search for her, especially since they've just packed a lunch.

Chris Rose - non-fiction regarding Hurricane Katrina
With a new foreword by the author on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Chris Rose s "New York Times" bestselling collection: A gripping book about life s challenges in post-Katrina New Orleans packed with heart, honesty, and wit ("New Republic").

Celebrated as a local classic and heaped with national praise, "1 Dead in Attic" is a brilliant collection of columns by an award-winning "Times-Picayune" journalist chronicling the horrific damage and aftermath wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Frank and compelling...vivid and invaluable ("Booklist"), it is a roller coaster ride through a devastated American wasteland as it groans for rebirth. Full of the emotion, tragedy and even humor which has made Chris Rose a favorite son and the voice of a lost city these are the stories of the dead and the living, of survivors and believers, of destruction and recovery, and of hope and despair.

With photographs by British photojournalist Charlie Varley, "1 Dead in Attic" captures New Orleans caught between an old era and a new, New Orleans in its most desperate time, as it struggled out of floodwaters and willed itself back to life."

Another tub sorted!
HIGHLIGHTS.....Lawrence Block, Norman Green, John Camp, Joe R. Lansdale, Jess Walter and others.

LOWLIGHTS..... nothing really - a decent tub in my opinion.

FULL LIST OF 50 AS FOLLOWS:
AUTHOR TITLE YEAR SERIES
BALL JOHN DEATH FOR A PLAYMATE 1969 VT3
BLOCK LAWRENCE EVERYBODY DIES 1998 MS14
BOURDAIN ANTHONY BONE IN THE THROAT 1995
BOYLE JIMMY A SENSE OF FREEDOM 1977
BRANDON READ MARK CHOPPER 3 2007 C3
CAMP JOHN THE EMPRESS FILE 1991 K+LE2
CAUDWELL SARAH THE SHORTEST WAY TO HADES 1984 HT2
CRAIS ROBERT HOSTAGE 2001
DOYLE PETER THE DEVIL'S JUMP 2001 BG3
EGGERS DAVE A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS 1999
FREEMANTLE BRIAN CHARLIE MUFFIN'S UNCLE SAM 1980 CM4
GARDNER JOHN UNDERSTRIKE 1965 BO2
GARDNER JOHN FOUNDER MEMBER 1969 BO5
GARFIELD BRIAN THE ROMANOV SUCCESSION 1974
GREEN NORMAN SICK LIKE THAT 2010 AM2
HARRIS ROBERT THE FEAR INDEX 2011
HARRIS ROBERT ARCHANGEL 1998
HEINEMANN LARRY CLOSE QUARTERS 1977
HONE JOSEPH THE PRIVATE SECTOR 1971 PM1
HURWITZ GREGG WE KNOW 2008
JAHN RYAN DAVID THE LAST TOMORROW 2012
JAHN RYAN DAVID ACTS OF VIOLENCE 2009
JAMES ALEX BIT OF A BLUR 2007
JONASSON JONAS THE HUNDRED-YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED 2012
LANSDALE JOE R. WRITER OF THE PURPLE RAGE 1994
LANSDALE JOE R. THE TWO-BEAR MAMBO 1995 HC+LP3
LEHANE DENNIS PRAYERS FOR RAIN 1999 K+G5
LOVITT ZANE THE MIDNIGHT PROMISE 2012
LYALL GAVIN THE WRONG SIDE OF THE SKY 1961
MACDONALD JOHN D. THE DAMNED 1952
MACDONALD JOHN D. THE LONG LAVENDER LOOK 1970 TMCG
MAITLAND BARRY CRUCIFIXION CREEK 2015 BT1
MAXIM JOHN R. BANNERMAN'S LAW 1991 B3
MAY PETER RUNAWAY 2015
McNAB ANDY BRAVO TWO ZERO 1993
MERCURIO JED AMERICAN ADULTERER 2009
PARKER ROBERT B. BRIMSTONE 2009 VC+EH3
PATTERSON JAMES POP GOES THE WEASEL 1998 AC5
POIRIER MARK NAKED PUEBLO 1998
POOLMAN JEREMY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE STATE OF ARIZONA 1996
PRONZINI/GREENBERG BILL/MARTIN H. THE GIANT BOOK OF PRIVATE EYE STORIES (ed.) 1997
RANKIN IAN HIDE & SEEK 1990 JR2
RIMINGTON STELLA DEAD LINE 2008 LC4
ROSE CHRIS 1 DEAD IN ATTIC 2005
SHEERS OWEN I SAW A MAN 2015
SILVA DANIEL PRINCE OF FIRE 2005 GA5
SUZUKI KOJI DARK WATER 2004
THOMSON KEITH ONCE A SPY 2010 DC1
VINE BARBARA THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER'S BOY 1998
WALTER JESS THE ZERO 2006 C2