CRIME ROUND UP: personal selection

Crime Reads Roundup.Three books I recommend from my personal reading in May: This Poison Will Remain Fred Vargas. This is the ninth Inspector Adamsberg mystery and I’m pretty sure hell will freeze over before I get tired of this original and inventive crime series – subversive, surreal and very French. The term left field wasContinue reading “CRIME ROUND UP: personal selection”

THE UNDERBELLY

The Underbelly by Gary Phillips (2010) LA author Gary Phillips writes engaging and thought provoking sci-fi and crime fiction in different forms; long and short stories, graphic novels and comics. He also likes to experiment with storytelling forms and often edits and collaborates on anthologies. He’s a born storyteller and his writing comes from theContinue reading “THE UNDERBELLY”

THE REAL COOL KILLERS

The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes (1959) Chester Himes’ writing has earned him a place in the pantheon of crime fiction greats. He got there the hard way – living every inch of the pain and prejudice his novels deal in. So why isn’t he better recognised for his contribution to the genre? AfterContinue reading “THE REAL COOL KILLERS”

MAXIMUM ROSSI

Maximum Rossi by Paul W Papa.A Las Vegas Crime Noir‘She was blessed with an abundance of legs; enough for two girls. It made me think things I had no business thinking.’To find a modern pastiche of the noir/hardboiled novels of the 40s and 50s this good is quite rare. This is a really decent homageContinue reading “MAXIMUM ROSSI”