- Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller
- The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton
- City of Blood by M.D. Villier
- The Missing File by D.A. Mishani
- The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor
- Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
- Ratlines by Stuart Neville
- The Twelfth Department by William Ryan
- Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
- Laidlaw by William McIlvanney
From serial killers to tartan noir, Laura Wilson rounds up her pick of the crop. The best crime and thrillers of 2013 – at The Guardian.
»In my mind The Big O is set in very specific locations in and around my hometown of Sligo, but I was deliberate in not giving the story a particular setting because I was trying to suggest that crimes and their consequences are universal – i.e., that story could have taken place in any mid-sized town anywhere around the world.
»Generally though I think the curious thing about the crime fiction genre is how much freedom there is within it. While readers have some pre-conceptions about what they expect from a crime novel the whole point of the genre is that they want to be surprised – so I think there’s a bit of flexibility in there for writers.«
Let’s talk about crime fiction: William Ryan (his new novel The Twelfth Department will be published in May 2013) in conversation with Declan Burke (latest novel The Big O out as an e-book). Read the fourth instalment of a interesting series of conversations at Shotsmag.