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The Hummingbird (Anna Fekete)
The Hummingbird (Anna Fekete)
by Kati Hiekkapelto
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hummingbird---Kati Hiekkapelto, 28 Oct. 2014
This is a very assured debut novel from the Finnish writer,provides all the ingredients for a successful thriller.
Anna Fekete,who came ,as a young girl to Finland from war-torn Yugoslavia ,starts her new job as a detective in northern Finland.
Her first case has her partnered with a cynical racist male detective,and involves the murder of a female jogger on a running path
near woods.Another murder follows,as clues to resolve the crimes are hard to come by.
Anna Fekete is a sympathetic yet flawed character,and the plot,which tackles topical issues keeps one's interest.
First class. I greatly look forward to the sequel.


Hostage
Hostage
by Kristina Ohlsson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristina Ohlsson---Hostage, 14 Oct. 2014
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This taut well-plotted novel features Police Superintendent Alex Recht,and Fredrika Bergman,from the author's previous novels.
The latter now works for the Justice Department ,but is seconded to assist Recht and the Swedish Security Service's counter-
terrorism unit to deal with a hijacking.
A note is found on a Stockholm to New York flight advising that there is a bomb on board the aircraft which will be exploded unless
two demands are met.It transpires that Recht's son is a co-pilot on this flight.
The action takes place over the tense few hours whilst the plane is in the air,as the Swedish and US secret services and governments endeavour to avert a disaster.
The suspense is at a high pitch throughout the story,and the author's own knowledge of counter-terrorism,gained by previous employment,adds to the interest and authenticity of this excellent thriller.


Reykjavik Nights (Reykjavik Murder Myst/Prequel)
Reykjavik Nights (Reykjavik Murder Myst/Prequel)
by Arnaldur Indridason
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reykjavik Nights---Arnaldur Indridason, 30 Sept. 2014
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There have been nine novels published in English featuring Inspector Erlandur of the Reykjavik police.This fine book takes us back to when Erlandur was a rookie policeman on night traffic duty.His working time filled with traffic offences,robberies and a large variety
of alcohol related matters.
When a vagrant with whom Erlandur is acquainted is found seemingly drowned,he spends his spare time conducting his own investigations into the death. This beautifully written novel is not only a fascinating investigative story,but also gives us an insight into
the resilience and obsessions that we see in his later career. Very enjoyable.


The Sandman
The Sandman
by Lars Kepler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lars Kepler--The Sandman, 7 Sept. 2014
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The latest Joona Linna thriller by Lars Kepler is the most accomplished and thrilling to date.The tension and suspense are relentless,and leave one exhausted.
Jurek Walter ,who was brought to justice by Linna, is a psychotic serial killer being held in a secure psychiatric prison.When one of his past victims escapes captivity,leaving his sister behind,it seems clear that Walter has an accomplist who continues to carry out
his homocidal wishes. Linna and his colleagues become engaged in a frenetic search for the sister.
The plot moves at a tremendous pace,with an ever present sense of danger . A gripping read.


Cobra
Cobra
by Deon Meyer
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deon Meyer--Cobra, 8 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Cobra (Hardcover)
This splendid novel yet again confirms Deon Meyer as one of the very finest crime fiction writers.It features the likable Captain
Benny Griessel and his colleagues in Hawks,the elite South African Police Crime Squad ,operating from Cape Town.Griessel is a
reforming alcoholic ,who is plagued by his craving for a drink,his sense of his own worthlessness,and his erectile difficulties.
The plot is ingenious,fascinating and full of suspense.It concerns corrupt politicians,banks,and secret services .Yet counterbalanced
against this corruption ,Meyer includes characters who possess a fundamental goodness. Highly recommended.


Escape
Escape
by Dominique Manotti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dominique Manotti --Escape, 2 Aug. 2014
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This slim concise novel is set in 1987/8,and features Filippo,an Italian petty criminal ,who escapes from a Rome prison, with his
cell-mate Carlo,who is a member of the revolutionary organisaton ,The Red Brigade.The two go their separate ways,Carlo is shot
dead in an attempted bank robbery,whilst Filippo escapes to Paris. There he writes a novel about the exploits of Carlo,which
becomes a best-seller in France. Is this book fact or fiction?Carlo's ex-lover ,herself domiciled in Paris endeavours to find out.
This well-written thought provoking book conveys the fraught political situation in Italy at the time,with neo-fascists ,mafia ,and
left-wing revolutinaries vying for influence .It shows the gap between revolutinaries and the people they want to empower.
This is not Dominique Manotti's best novel ,but is highly readable nevertheless.


The Human Flies (K2 and Patricia Series)
The Human Flies (K2 and Patricia Series)
by Hans Olav Lahlum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Flies--Hans Olav Lahlum, 13 July 2014
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Set in Oslo in 1968,this readable novel is an Agatha Christie type closed room detective mystery.
The young keen Detective Inspector Kristiansen (known as K2),is investigating the murder of a famous war-time resistance hero,
who has been killed in his apartment.All the occupants are under suspicion,but seem to have convincing alibis.K2 enlists the help
of Patricia,a wheelchair bound genius.
Not only is this a good thriller,but the interplay between K2 and Patricia fascinates,and as the enquiries progress, there is focus on
Norway's troubled war-time experience under Nazi occupation.


Black Lies, Red Blood (Inspector Ann Lindell)
Black Lies, Red Blood (Inspector Ann Lindell)
by Kjell Eriksson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Lies,Red Blood --Kjell Eriksson, 15 Jun. 2014
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'Black Lies,Red Blood is the latest in the series featuring Inspector Ann Lindell of the Uppsala Police Department.
Lindell has started a passionate relationship with a journalist,Anders Brant,and is involved in investigating the disappearance of a
female teenager.Meanwhile, her colleagues are dealing with the murder of a homeless man.
What follows is a multi-faceted well written police procedural thriller .However ,the inner ruminations of both Lindell and Brant were somewhat overdone.


Decompression
Decompression
by Juli Zeh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decompression --Juli Zeh, 11 Jun. 2014
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Sven is a diving instructor in Lanzarote ,who has been hired to teach diving ,and cater for the every need of German tourists,Jola and Theo .Jola is an attractive,wealthy soap opera star,with a yearning to be taken more seriously as an actor.Theo is a bitter author,
with a writing block.Their relationship is highly dysfuntional. Jola starts flirting with Sven,which leads to fraught dynamics between
the three protaganists,and may make the diving dangerous.
The story is narrated by Sven,interspersed with fragments from Jola's diary .They tell different tales,and the reader does not know which one to believe.
None of the main characters are sympathetic figures,but the strength of the writer''s skills (including memorable diving scenes )and the tense denouement make for an interesting read.


Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV (Pocket Essentials)
Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV (Pocket Essentials)
by Barry Forshaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Forshaw --Euro Noir, 2 Jun. 2014
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This readable guide to European crime fiction,film and TV ,follows on from the author's previous book 'Nordic Noir.'
It focuses on work from eleven European countries ,and also provides updates on the latest offerings from the Nordic countries.
The book is assiduously researched ,and has interesting contributions from authors,publishers,and aficionados of the genre.
An enjoyable read that is likely to leave enthusiasts with larger reading and viewing lists.


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