The spy thriller is not the easiest genre for an author to choose. In the first place, it is haunted…
One of the pleasures of Alan Judd’s books is their sheer variety. His work includes biographies of Ford Madox Ford…
Sam Bourne’s new thriller, Pantheon (HarperCollins, £12.99), is set just after Dunkirk in the darkest days of the second world…
The crop of recent crime fiction is generously sprinkled with well-known names; as far as its publishers are concerned, Christmas…
The novels of Jane Austen have much in common with traditional detective fiction. It is an affinity that P. D.…
Labels mislead. In the taxonomy of literature, both James Sallis and Agatha Christie are often described as crime writers.
In numerical terms, British police procedurals about maverick inspectors in big cities are probably at an all-time high. Few of…
Corpses in the coal hole
John Lawton’s Inspector Troy series constantly surprises.
Mo Hayder has a considerable and well-deserved reputation as a writer of horrific crime novels that often revolve around the physical violence men do to women.
Henning Mankell bestrides the landscape of Scandavian crime fiction like a despondent colossus.
Andrew Rosenheim is building a solid reputation for intelligent, thoughtful thrillers driven by character and theme rather than plot mechanics.
Much of Stephen King’s recent work has been relatively lighthearted, but in Full Dark, No Stars (Hodder & Stoughton, £18.99) he returns with gusto to his dark side and explores the perils of getting what you ask for.
The best recent crime thrillers have an urban setting, according to Andrew Taylor
In John le Carré’s fiction, personal morality collides messily with the grimly cynical expediencies of global politics.
The ghost story is a literary form that favours brevity.
Kate Atkinson’s latest novel is the fourth in her series about Jackson Brodie, the ex-soldier, ex-police officer and ex-husband who now works in a desultory way as a private investigator.
Michael Ridpath, best known for his excellent financial thrillers, explores new territory in Where the Shadows Lie, which combines elements of the American cop crime novel with J. R. R. Tolkein and post-credit-crunch Iceland.
Tudor thrillers are thick on the ground nowadays but this one is rather special.
The strange, unsettled decades between the wars form the backdrop of much of D. J. Taylor’s recent work, including his novel, Ask Alice, and his social history, Bright Young Things. At the Chime of a City Clock is set in 1931, with a financial crisis rumbling in the background.
The Diary of Miss Idilia presents the reader with an unusual problem.
In little more than a decade, the cosy world of Anglo-American crime fiction has been transformed by wave after wave of Scandinavian invaders.
Blue Lightning (Macmillan, £16.99) is the fourth novel in Ann Cleeves’ excellent Shetland quartet.
Fever of the Bone (Little, Brown, £18.99) is the sixth novel in Val McDermid’s Jordan and Hill series.
For a crime writer, success comes with its dark side.