The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand

The Book of Lamps and Banners front cover

When we interviewed Elizabeth Hand way back in 2013, the multi-talented author described her crime fiction character Cass Neary as being in a “…self-inflicted emotional lockdown”. It’s an apt phrase with the fourth book in the series arriving in the middle of a pandemic and people around the world similarly locked down, although not necessarily at their own behest...

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Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann German crime fiction

When Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously declared “I know it when I see it,” he was referring to obscenity and whether or not the Louis Malle film The Lovers could be categorised as such. I have much the same relationship with psychological thrillers...

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Rolling Thunder by AJ Devlin

Rolling Thunder by AJ Devlin

With a lurid magenta cover and a private detective who is larger-than-life, AJ Devlin’s Rolling Thunder is the right kind of contemporary pulp crime novel to read if you want to get your mind off COVID-19, Donald Trump, Brexit and all the other nonsense going on in today’s world...

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