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Bandits by Elmore Leonard
Bandits by Elmore Leonard
Written during a period when Elmore Leonard was turning out some of his very best crime fiction, 'Bandits' (1987) is written with the author's customary ease and economy, full of his snappy dialogue, a cast of interesting characters, and a plot that picks up pace along the way.

The story begins with a corpse, in a place where death is everyday business. We are in a mortuary in New Orleans and two men are working on a road traffic victim. The scene is set with some rapid fire dialogue between the two men as they work on the body. Or rather while one man works on it, while the other watches evasively.

The evasive one is Jack Delaney, just turned forty, a one-time fashion… Read more
The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Patricia Highsmith was the finest exponent of the psychological thriller. Her most famous works - 'Strangers on a train' and the Tom Ripley cycle of novels - are some of the most enjoyable reads of my life. And now I must add the recently filmed 'The Two Faces of January', her ninth novel, first published in 1964, as one that I can thoroughly recommend.

The rather curious title refers to the connection between the month of January, in which the story unfolds, and the Roman god Janus, in whose honour the Romans named the month. Janus is usually depicted as having two faces, as he looks both to the future and to the past. To the ancient Romans, Janus was the god of beginnings and… Read more
The Heart Of The Matter by Graham Greene
The Heart Of The Matter by Graham Greene
Published in 1948, 'The Heart of the Matter' was Graham Greene's first post-war novel, following his wartime service with MI6 under the supervision of one Kim Philby. The novel is set in a West African country during World War 2 and drew on the author's experience as an intelligence officer based in Sierra Leone during the war.

The country is an unnamed British protectorate bordering a French colony where the Vichy regime poses a constant threat of sabotage to the British war effort. The central character is Major Henry Scobie, the longtime police Deputy Commissioner charged with keeping the peace. He conducts futile searches of ships entering the seaport, as the British look for… Read more