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  • Before You Go To Sleep

    Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:42

    blog imageThey've turned S.J. Watson's best-selling debut novel Before I Go to Sleep into a movie. Strong cast, looks good. But before you go to sleep tonight read what other great authors had to say about the book:

    A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this. Loved it, read it in one - Joanne Harris

    Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending - Anita Shreve

    Quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read - Tess Gerritsen

    A truly amazing debut. The central character, Christine, is beautifully drawn. It's hard to imagine a more compelling, believable and sympathetic portrayal of a damaged human being. I loved it from start to finish - Mo Hayder

    Why not give it a go...?

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    Poor Damian. You should have taken better care of yourself. You treated your body like a run-down shed until it actually came to resemble one. And that laughter of yours... so loud, so hearty, so worrisome. You loved comedy, didn't you Damian? From comedy shows to clown pranks, you would never miss the opportunity to have a good laugh, the buttons of your purple suit jacket one chuckle away from popping.

    If Damian could choose a way to die, it would definitely be by laughter. Just like Toon Patrol in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and numerous victims in Monty Python's popular sketch, Killer Joke.

    And so it was meant to be. Thanks to TBD's finest detective, Tomas Hoskovec, the coroner was able to conclude that Damian died of laughter. Jolly and loud, as always. RIP Damian Blade.

    The coroner will soon send Tomas a collection of 50 crime capers as a thank you for solving this peculiar case. He would also like to highlight some of the scenarios other detectives offered for their creativity, humour and imagination.

    Big thank you to all the detectives who participated!

    It's the poisonous remote on the armchair

    A naked woman on the TV!

    Damian is a hummingbird

    His heart rate went crazy because he saw his long time love got married with someone else on TV.

    The Nurse did it.

    Damien is a moth!

    Wife nude on TV

    An orangutan who escaped up the chimney.

    I know exactly how it happened but I shall only speak to the proper authorities!

    He saw the ghost of Ghengis Khan

    I did it because I want to win the books!!!!

    He won the lottery while watching TV and died of a heart attack. The lottery presenter did it on purpose to kill him as the two have hated each other since kindergarten.

    10 o´clock

    Ate a mothball, thinking it was a mint

    Damian snores with his mouth open and the moths took their revenge

    I did it

    Ok, I confess. He wouldn't hand over the remote.

    The moths turned nasty.

    I don't know, so horrible!

    Batman killed him

    The clown did it

    Kate Reynolds stands behind Damien, stabbing him in the back with the dagger.

    I still say it was the moths.

  • Or the Bull Kills You

    Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:28

    blog image"Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you - traditional proverb. Chief Inspector Max Camara hates bullfighting, but one hot afternoon in Valencia he has to judge a festival corrida starring Spain's most famous young matador. That night he is back in the ring, and what he finds on the bloodstained sand shocks the city of Valencia to its core. As Camara hunts his prey through the streets and bars, firecrackers echo for the festival of Fallas, and the town hall election. The anti-bullfighting campaigners and the breeders of prize beasts fight to the death. The bullring is a test of virility, but should it be a site of national pride or shame? Or the Bull Kills You has a brilliantly authentic setting and a great detective, with a love of flamenco and brandy. This is the first of a series of books starring the quirky and forceful Camara - a man clearly destined to make his mark."

    Here's author Jason Webster reading from and talking about his new novel Or the Bull Kills You.

  • James Ellroy speaks

    Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:45

    Crime week. Day 3. Hard-boiled Americana...

    James Ellroy is madder than a sackful of cats and scary to boot. But his books are brilliant, dense, dark and dangerous. And he's brilliantly watchable too. However, trying to find a clip that was fit for us to post (nsfw) was a tough ask but we managed it.

    So here's an expletive-free Ellroy from 2009 talking to the BBC's Culture Show. Ellroy's autobiographical book, The Hilliker Curse is fresh out in paperback.

  • Steves top ten crime books, cont.

    Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:29

    Yesterday, office crime buff Steve, gave us his current top ten crime books. We demanded an explanation. So, we took him to the cells, set about him with the old rubber hose, pulled some nails, didn't let him sleep and extracted this confession:

    "How tough a task this was is only emphasised by the suggestions of others - authors I had forgotten about and others I really shouldn't have. Spot on with Carl Hiaasen whose gruesome humour combines page turning thrills with laugh out loud horror (should I be laughing?) and Reginald Hill's Dalziel must rival Rebus for curmongeonedly grumpiness.

    So, in short, the list could have easily been a Top 100 and beyond and while I won't bore you with a precis of why I have selected each title - you'll have detected my liking for procedural, series driven crime with a strong central character. Whether its victorian London, Stalinist Russia (Eastland) or contemporary brighton (James) each title I have selected has been forensically researched and gives the reader a real sense of history and geography - which, to me at least, is key to underpinning the plot. For me, each selection defines it's author and characters and stand out as the best in genre - but I have no doubt this selection will change over time.

    Brutal Art ranks as one of my favourite reads in all genres but I guess if you are from a dynasty of crime writers there must be something in the blood! Ellory, Ellroy and Christie should probably all be in there and I shall certainly be looking at all suggestions made. Peter Temple is next on the list.

    There is only one title that will always be on my list , though , and that my dear ... Is elementary."

    And here's his top ten, again.

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