Crime

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Red faces in the galleries

21 April 2010 12:00 am

Art fraudsters, especially forgers, have a popular appeal akin to Robin Hood.

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Missing link

31 March 2010 12:00 am

In times of anxiety or confusion the most effective palliative is a good detective story. The requirement is that a sense of justice be restored, and, paradoxically, given the fictional events portrayed, a much desired sense of order. The effect is transitory but reliable.

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Exotic Cuban underworld

17 March 2010 12:00 am

Before the revolución of 1959, Havana was, effectively, a mafia fleshpot and colony of Las Vegas.

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Street eloquence

10 March 2010 12:00 am

The title of Jon McGregor’s third novel derives from an anecdote told by one of the many vivid, dispossessed characters whose voices burst from its pages: Steve is a homeless ex-soldier who agrees to help deliver a lorry-load of aid to a Bosnian town, but is turned back on the grounds that ‘even the dogs’ there are dead.

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The greatest rogue in Europe

24 February 2010 12:00 am

On 11 November 1743, the most sensational trial of the 18th century opened in the Four Courts in Dublin.

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Throw it in a stream

24 February 2010 12:00 am

I know a British couple with a Chinese daugh- ter, pretty and fluent in English.

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From gloom to dispair

17 February 2010 12:00 am

In little more than a decade, the cosy world of Anglo-American crime fiction has been transformed by wave after wave of Scandinavian invaders.

Recent crime novels

27 January 2010 12:00 am

Blue Lightning (Macmillan, £16.99) is the fourth novel in Ann Cleeves’ excellent Shetland quartet.

Recent crime novels

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Fever of the Bone (Little, Brown, £18.99) is the sixth novel in Val McDermid’s Jordan and Hill series.

Adored friends

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Years ago the late ‘Brookie’ Warwick, 8th Earl, asked me to ghost his memoirs.

Reader, beware

11 November 2009 12:00 am

In this diverting, well-written history of deceitful and counterfeit literature through the ages, Telling Tales, Melissa Katsoulis chronicles a variety of fraudsters and fibsters, and their motives for hoodwinking the public.

New departures

14 October 2009 12:00 am

For a crime writer, success comes with its dark side.

Good women and bad men

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Just in case you hadn’t guessed after nearly 1,800 pages of the ‘Millennium’ trilogy, the late Stieg Larsson has his alter-ego hero Mikel Blomkvist spell it out.

A dogged foe

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Old detectives rarely die — or age, for that matter: Poirot is forever 60, Sherlock Holmes 50, P. D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh a handsome 38 or so. 

At sixes and fives

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Inside British Intelligence: 100 Years of MI5 and MI6, by Gordon Thomas

Fatal attractions

29 April 2009 12:00 am

The Oxford Despoiler, by Gary Dexter
Twisted Wing, by Ruth Newman
Windows on the Moon, by Alan Brownjohn

Recent crime novels

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Ignorance of Blood (Harper Collins, £17.99) is the fourth of Robert Wilson’s novels to feature Inspector Javier Falcon of Seville, and it completes a planned quartet examining some of the demons, old and new, plaguing modern Spain.

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Mysteries of Paris

11 March 2009 12:00 am

The Chalk Circle Man, by Fred Vargas, translated

A choice of crime novels

21 January 2009 12:00 am

Andrew Taylor reviews a selection of recent crime novels

Plagued by plagiarism

29 December 2008 12:00 am

And Then There Was No One, by Gilbert Adair

Unkind hearts and Jews

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Israel Rank, by Roy Horniman

Dark and creepy

10 December 2008 12:00 am

The Folio Book of Historical Mysteries, edited by Ian Pindar

Deadlier than the male

26 November 2008 12:00 am

When does a novel stop being a novel and become a crime story? It’s often assumed that there is an unbridgeable gap between them, but that’s not necessarily so.