Crime

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Sex, violence and anticlimax in 16 (very short) chapters

23 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime,’ begins…

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Riots and gang warfare provide the spark for the best latest thrillers

9 April 2016 9:00 am

All it takes is a spark. In her compelling new thriller, Ten Days (Canongate, £14.99), Gillian Slovo tracks the progress…

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Who killed murder?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The mystery of violent crime’s dramatic decline

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Take it from a QC – you won’t get away with murder

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Technology has made murderers much easier to catch

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A bookseller’s guide to book thieves

5 March 2016 9:00 am

At my shop, it seems to be everyone from students to organised professional gangs

At Home With The Krays

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

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The disturbing case of Roger Khan – and the cost of cheap justice

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The disturbing case of Roger Khan – and the human cost of doing justice on the cheap

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The sophisticates are wrong about Cleveland, Ohio

29 October 2015 9:00 am

To Cleveland, Ohio, where middle America’s middle class begins its great Midwest sprawl. I’ve always wanted to visit Cleveland because…

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How the pixel became a key feature of drone warfare

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I hadn’t really thought much about pixels before, despite spending a large portion of my day looking at them. After…

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Curtain call for Ruth Rendell

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Ruth Rendell’s final novel, Dark Corners, is about how psychological necessity can drive perfectly ordinary people either to terrible deeds…

Sympathy for the devils: Reggie and Ronnie Kray in northeast London, 1964

I was Reggie Kray's penpal

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Harry Mount once idolised the Kray twins. He’s since seen the error of his ways

Just how tough a sentence was 14 years for Libor-rigging?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Rogue traders Former UBS trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for rigging the Libor market. How long could…

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You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Going online does not make you invisible – as the adulterers who used the hacked site Ashley Madison are discovering

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A crime novel so incompetent it might have been written by a child

25 July 2015 9:00 am

First, a quote from the novel under review. The context: it is a flashback scene of the behaviour of a…

Spectator letters: The case for saying ‘Daesh’, a political shibboleth, and Ireland’s greatest distinction

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The case for Daesh Sir: For once the admirable Rod Liddle has got it completely wrong (‘You can’t take the…

Labour’s austerity tradition

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London…

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Take it from Taki — Hillary Clinton will be the next US president

6 June 2015 9:00 am

The last week in Gotham was exceptional fun. I saw a Broadway play, Finding Neverland, compliments of the producer, my…

Poirot won’t be drawn

The sad demise of the amateur sleuth: it’s all the fault of better policing

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘The crime novel,’ said Bertolt Brecht, ‘like the world itself, is ruled by the English.’ He was thinking of the…

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Here’s everything Islamophobic that I have to say, all at once

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A couple of weeks back I wrote an article headed: ‘Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour.’ Among the many…

How (not) to poison a dog

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Deadly to dogs An Irish setter was allegedly poisoned at Crufts, using beef containing slug pellets. Some other substances with which dog-show rivals…

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When did we become a nation of police informers?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…

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The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC on the Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling

You can still book your flight to Mars

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Space to dream Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space flights has suffered a setback after a prototype craft crashed. But…

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How did Britain ever have unarmed criminals?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Once, both police and criminals in Britain routinely did without guns. How did that happen? And why did it change?

Shrien Dewani Murder Trial Begins

At least South Africa has the world’s best murder trials

18 October 2014 9:00 am

South Africa’s spectacular murder trials – first Oscar Pistorius, now Shrien Dewani – help take minds off other difficulties