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Pietr the Latvian Georges Simenon The first of the many, many Maigret novels. Many smart people love these novels, but I’m not yet convinced. The writing is strong, the characters compelling, and the plot serviceable, but there’s more than a … Continue reading
The Laughing Policeman, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo The fourth novel in Sjowall and Wahloo’s Martin Beck series of Marxian police procedurals. Set in Sweden in the 1960s and 70s, the Beck series are both page turning detective stories, and … Continue reading
The Second Life of Nick Mason Steve Hamilton Another Hamilton book, this one debuting a new series and a new brooding protagonist – Nick Mason: noble petty criminal forced to work for evil organized crime boss while valiantly attempting to … Continue reading
A Cold Day In Paradise Steve Hamilton An above average crime thriller, the first in Steve Hamilton’s series featuring down on his luck, broken detective Alex McKnight. I picked this up because I read somewhere that Hamilton’s an underrated crime … Continue reading
The Whites: A Novel Richard Price Richard Price is the best crime writer working today. Perhaps that is because he isn’t really a crime writer. Price is a writer of the lives of ordinary, damaged people trying to make sense … Continue reading
In the Woods Tana French The first of French’s Dublin Murder squad novels, this is the type of literary novel masquerading as a crime novel that I absolutely adore. On the surface, this is the story of an unsolved disappearance … Continue reading