»Child 44 was one of those rare books that managed to thrill both the Booker judges and the Richard and Judy brigade. The Farm is, perhaps, even better. It is so good, in fact, that you will finish it quickly and then be jealous of anyone who hasn’t read it yet.«
A sort of therapy session: Simmy Richman about the novel The Farm by Tom Rob Smith. His review you can read at The Independent.
»This atmospheric crime fiction probes deep issues.«
Murder mystery probes dark side of Cairo: Jane Jakeman reviews the novel The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal. Her review at The Independent.
»Call Mr. Pavone a reliable new must-read in the world of thrillers, but don’t call him an optimist. He sees book publishing going down the tubes even faster than the moral quandaries of early-20th-century American fiction have.«
A page-turner with a dirty secret: Janet Maslin about the latest novel The Accident by Chris Pavone. Her review at The New York Times.
»Le Carré first disclosed that Bingham was the inspiration for Smiley in 1999. Bingham had also written crime novels, and when one was reissued, Le Carré wrote in the introduction: «He had been one of two men who had gone into the making of George Smiley. Nobody who knew John and the work he was doing could have missed the description of Smiley in my first novel.»«
Jasper Copping, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon
Novelist John le Carré hits out at accusations that his portrayal of the world of espionage had »hurt« his former mentor in the intelligence services, on whom he partly based his most celebrated character, George Smiley. Jasper Copping, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon report at The Telegraph.
»We live in an impermanent world. This story is the opposite of that. If one’s lucky enough to find in this life somebody who makes sense of the world for you, who is the perfect fit emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, that is something we respond to quite warmly.«
Alexander McCall Smith
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith talks about his characters and his spin on a Jane Austen classic. The interview by Carole Burns you will find at The Washington Post.
»Love Story, with Murders is a dark delight, and I look forward to Fiona’s future struggles with criminals, her demons and the mysteries of her past.«
Variously wry, unexpected and perverse: Patrick Anderson about the novel Love Story, with Murders by Harry Bingham. His review at The Washington Post.
»What is certain is that this Death Penalty volume offers a rich, innovative approach to a confounding topic. One can only hope that it will be broadly read and debated.«
Derrida and the Death Penalty: Jan Mieszkowski reviews The Death Penalty, Volume I by Jacques Derrida. His review and an interview with Peggy Kamuf, the translator of the book, by Arne De Boever you will find at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
»«I don’t have to think,» he says of his writing. «I go into sort of a trance.» «
Alexander McCall Smith
3,000 words a day: Sarah Hampson in conversation with writer Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series). Her portrait at The Globe and Mail.
- The Red Road by Denise Mina
- Dead Water by Ann Cleeves
- Murder in Pigalle by Cara Black
- The Poisoned Pawn by Peggy Blair
Bleak Houses: Marilyn Stasio about new crime fiction by Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Cara Black and Peggy Blair. Read more at The New York Times.
»All in all, Ripper is a curious mix: a literary banquet overflowing with morsels of Nancy Drew, mouthfuls of Agatha Christie, a sprinkle of Barbara Cartland and dashes of James Patterson and Tom Clancy.«
Isabel Allende‘s San Francisco serial-killer story Ripper displays her customary gift for strong characterisation and fine narrative detail, Sophia Martelli says. Her review at The Guardian / The Observer.