Thursday, 27 January 2022
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Saturday, 22 January 2022
Another half dozen into the library, three favourites and three new-to-me authors ....
|Ian Loome - Quinn Checks In (2014) - purchased copy|
|Stephen Mack Jones - Dead of Winter (2021) - purchased copy|
I think this was on offer for about a quid, maybe two. I've heard great things about Jones and his August Snow series, of which this is the third. I do like Detroit as a setting for crime fiction.
|Paul Heatley - Snow Burn (2021) - purchased copy|
An old favourite. Snow Burn is the 4th in the Tom Rollins series. I really enjoyed Blood Line, the first in the series. I've some catching up to do.
|Stella Rimington - The Devil's Bargain (2022) - Net Galley reviewer site|
An author I've been meaning to try for years. This is the first in a new series hopefully. I do like a bit of espionage in my reading.
|Colin Conway - Cutler's Chase (2021) - review copy from author|
I really need to keep up with Conway. He writes fast. Second in series and I've got to read the first yet!
|Deon Meyer - The Dark Flood (2022) - Net Galley reviewer site|
Another author and series that I love. Meyer has been read a few times before....
Disappearances ensnare two South African detectives in a web of corruption in this stunning thriller by the Barry Award–winning author of The Last Hunt.
Assigned to investigate the disappearance of a young university student and brilliant computer programmer detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido hit dead ends. But the trail—including the death of a fellow police officer—leads to a series of gun heists and the alarming absence of certain weapons from the police registry, the ramifications of which could be devastating.
As Griessel and Cupido intensify their search, real estate agent Sandra Steenberg confronts her own crisis: state corruption has caused the real estate market to crash, exacerbating the dire financial straits facing her family. She puts aside her misgivings to work for a notorious billionaire and playboy, only to have him disappear on her. Now Griessel is forced to juggle between the man’s bitter wife, protective lawyer, and Steenberg, the last person to see him alive.
With propulsive and intricate plotting, sharp prose, and an ending that takes one’s breath away just when the dust seems to have settled, The Dark Flood spotlights the state capture and corruption that has overtaken the country, lending political weight to a powerful story.
Praise for the Benny Griessel series
“[An] outstanding series.” —The Wall Street Journal
Another half dozen into the collection ....
|Colin Conway (ed.) - A Bag of Dicks (2021) - review copy from author|
A collection of shorts related to Colin Conway's 509 series and featuring some authors who's work I've enjoyed in the past.
|Mark Brandi - The Rip (2020) - purchased copy|
|Georges Simenon - The People Opposite (1933) - Net Galley reviewer site|
|Carl Nixon - The Tally Stick (2020) - Net Galley reviewer site|
|Frank Zafiro - Dirty Little Town (2021) - review copy from author|
Latest offering in Frank Zafiro's River City series.
|Rod Reynolds - Black Reed Bay (2021) - purchased copy|
Another author who's books I seem to collect but have never read, despite loads of great reviews. What's the matter with me?
‘Urgent, thrilling and richly imagined. Without doubt his best yet' Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End
‘Reynolds captures the claustrophobic feel of a small town … a tense slice of American noir’ Vaseem Khan, author of Midnight at Malabar House
'If you were hooked on Mare of Easttown, this will be right up your street … I read this obsessively' Nina Pottell, Prima
‘Rod Reynolds makes the most of this desolate, windswept location … a thrillingly complex narrative develops at speed … his superior cop saga is just the first instalment of a projected series’ The Times
Don’t trust ANYONE…
When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.
Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it’s going to have only one ending…
And then the first body appears…
Friday, 21 January 2022
A couple of novels from way, way back from an author I had never heard of until Pushkin Vertigo re-issued some of his work..... Leo Perutz
From Pushkin's website....
Little Apple (1928)
Vittorin, a young Austrian officer released from a Russian prisoner-of-war camp returns home to Vienna where his family, his girlfriend and his old job await him. But he cannot even think of settling into a new life until he has tracked down the camp commandant who bullied his prisoners.
Saint Peter's Snow (1933)It could have been a common street accident that put Dr. Georg Amberg in the hospital, but for the five weeks his doctors say he has been in a coma, recovering from a brain hemorrhage after being run down by a car, he has memories of a more disturbing nature. What of the violent events in the rural village of Morwede? The old woman threatening the priest with a breadknife, angry peasants with flails and cudgels, Baron von Malchin with a pistol defending his dreams for the Holy Roman Empire - how could Dr. Amberg ignore these? And what of the secret experiment to make a mind-altering drug from a white mildew occurring on wheat - a mildew called Saint
In this feverish tale of a man caught in the balance between two realities, Leo Pertuz offers a mystery of identity and a fable of faith and political fervor, banned by the Nazis when it was first published in 1933. Saint Peter's Snow is typical of Perutz's storytelling mastery: extraordinarily rich and elegant fiction that is taut with suspense, full of Old World irony and humor.