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The spy who came in from le Carré

8 March 2014
The Madness of July James Naughtie

Head of Zeus, pp.352, £12.99, ISBN: 9781781856000

The single most terrifying moment of my adult life occurred at 8.55 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday 5 August 2008. I had a written a novel, Typhoon, in which… Read more

Return of the living dead

15 December 2012
The Cocktail Waitress James M. Cain

Hard Case Crime/Titan Books, pp.272, £16.99, ISBN: 9781781160329

The Return of the Thin Man Dashiell Hammett

Head of Zeus, pp.240, £12.99, ISBN: 9781908800206

What is it with dead American writers? Years after they’ve popped their clogs, some of the biggest names in crime fiction continue to produce novels from beyond the grave. Mario… Read more

Our man in Vienna

25 February 2012
Waiting for Sunrise William Boyd

Bloomsbury, pp.358, 18.99

Just in case Private Eye smells a rat, let me put my cards on the table. Not once, but twice, I have sent the galley proofs of my novels to… Read more

Timely Thriller

1 October 2011
The Fear Index Robert Harris

Hutchinson, pp.336, 18.99

Talk about timing. Just as Robert Harris’s cautionary tale about the perils of meddling with the financial markets was hitting the shelves, Greece was teetering on the edge of default… Read more

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Good at bad guys

7 August 2010
The Burning Wire Jeffery Deaver

Hodder, pp.423, 18.99

Thriller writers, like wolves and old Etonians, hunt in packs. In the summer months, roaming from city to city, we can be found at assorted festivals and crime fiction conventions,… Read more

Strength in numbers

3 June 2009
The Housekeeper + the Professor Yoko Ogawa

Harvill Secker, pp.180, 11.99

Here’s a tricky question for your next pub quiz. What do the following people have in common? Here’s a tricky question for your next pub quiz. What do the following… Read more

All the best tunes

4 June 2008
Devil May Care Sebastian Faulks

Penguin, pp.320, 18.99

On a damp spring evening in 1955, Ian Fleming returned home to find his wife, Ann, hosting a salon at their house in Victoria Square. Raucous laughter was emanating from… Read more