'A page-turner of a thriller -- Metro
'Impressive a meditation on representations of violence decanted into a crime thriller -- Time Out
A gifted writer deserves to be the thriller of the summer -- Economist
Ambitious, audacious, powerful -- Observer
I wanted to write about Amsterdam. It seemed a confluence of what I was looking for. The past is always present there. You really get a sense of it in the architecture and look of the city and I wanted to show how crime always has a past, how every event can be spooled back to old resentments and enmities and how the past can suddenly blow up into the present. Then there was the legalized nature of the sex and drugs industry. I wondered what lay underneath that. I saw the body of a prostitute stretchered out under neon and police lights. The dramatic possibilities ensnared me. The canals and small streets. It's very atmospheric, very creepy - exactly the kind of setting one needs for a crime novel!
I wanted to show how crimes don't have an end. How murder and betrayal stretch down the centuries infecting all those that came after - both the victims and the perpetrators and how time doesn't heal all wounds. For me the Holocaust and the atom bomb are the real start of the twentieth century. I wanted to look at how the past still informs us, both politically and personally, and how we try to deal with that. I also wanted to make the link between modern serial killer crimes and historical crimes, how the same psychopathology motivated both, beyond history and beyond politics. I think some of the best crime books put history into their crosshairs - I think it can add texture and mystery.
Having recently read the first Carrigan and Miller novel by Stav Sherez, I was determined to read his back catalogue and so obtained a copy of "The Devils Playground". Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by Liz Wilkins
Reading this I was taken back to my first encounters with Frederick Forsyth, particularly The Odessa File. For Hamburg read Amsterdam. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2006 by Melancholiac