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»It’s only fair to note that this is an early novel, written nearly 20 years ago. Writers mature, and The Midas Murders may not be representative of Aspe’s later work. Seen strictly on its own terms, it is a minor, easily forgettable effort that does nothing to challenge Simenon’s position in the pantheon of Belgian novelists.«

Bill Sheehan

Precise evocation of the medieval city of Bruges: Bill Sheehan about the novel The Midas Murders by Pieter Aspe. His review at The Washington Post.

»Finally, and perhaps most important, Tatiana showcases Smith’s ability to convey the frustrating, frequently absurd nature of daily life in a fractured, tragic and traumatized country. Taken as a whole, the Arkady Renko series offers something unique in modern literature: an evolving vision of a complex society struggling, often futilely, to rise above the ruins of its own calamitous history.«

Bill Sheehan

Explore the violent, volatile society of contemporary Russia: Bill Sheehan about the latest thriller Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith. His review at The Washington Post.

»Tricky, disturbing and ultimately affecting, Alex is a welcome addition to the rising tide of European crime fiction that has followed in the wake of Stieg Larsson’s death.«

Bill Sheehan

A brilliant investigator: Bill Sheehan about the novel Alex by Pierre Lemaitre. His review at The Washington Post.