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»Yes, it is a great story. (…) And, no, I will not attempt to do justice to William Shakespeare, nor the story. I will simply take what I find of use and write my own story. And, yes, I will have the nerve to call it Macbeth

Jo Nesbø

Norwegian thriller writer Jo Nesbø joins authors including Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood writing fresh versions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.

»Alaric Hunt, a convicted murderer who has been jailed since 1988, pieced together a vision of the outside world gleaned from episodes of Law and Order and novels to write a serial killer thriller that would go on to win him both a literary award and a publishing deal, the New York Times has reported

Alison Flood

Alaric Hunt‘s Cuts Through Bone received $10,000 prize from the Private Eye Writers of America, and a publishing deal. Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.

»Saints of the Shadow Bible is a clever, subtle read, but most of all, it’s a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in the CID.«

Alison Flood

Ian Rankin‘s decision to bring John Rebus out of retirement to rake over the past was the right one, says Alison Flood. Her review of the novel Saints of the Shadow Bible by Mr. Rankin you can read at The Guardian.

»Detailing the disintegration of a relationship, her final work has drawn comparisons with Gillian Flynn’s smash hit Gone Girl, but it’s a very different sort of book: colder, less dramatic and, ultimately, a frighteningly possible portrait of a marriage, of how things can slip so far without either party realising, of how murder can slowly, insidiously, begin to seem like the best – the only – option.«

Alison Flood

The slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage is all too believable in A.S.A. Harrison‘s first – and final – novel The Silent Wife. Alison Flood about the book at The Observer/The Guardian.

»Suspense is my thing. I think I am able to make people want to keep turning pages. They want to know what happens. So I can do that. Mind you, I think this ought to apply to any fiction, because however brilliant it is in other respects, you don’t want to go on reading it unless it does that to you.«

Ruth Rendell

Alison Flood with a portrait about Ruth Rendell, alias Barbara Vine, who recently has published her new novel The Child’s Child. Why Mrs. Rendell never met a murderer – read more at The Guardian.