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In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with Jeff Abbott in the Countdown interview hot seat: Crime Review may be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson may be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler may be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE CARTEL by Don Winslow, reviewed by Arnold Taylor When drug overlord Adan Barrera is allowed to escape from a Mexican prison, the man who put him there, DEA agent Art Keller, vows to do whatever is necessary to bring him to justice again. BLOOD SALT WATER by Denise Mina, reviewed by John Cleal The body of a woman surfaces in Loch Lomond. DI Alex Morrow must tie the crime to a drugs and money-laundering ring, the disappearance of a second woman and deadly tensions in what seems a chocolate-box town. FOR VALOUR by Andy McNab, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a young trooper is shot in the head during an SAS exercise, it seems a clear-cut case of the negligent discharge of a weapon. But that doesn’t stop Nick Stone wanting to do some digging, especially as the accused soldier is the son of a close friend. BRUSH BACK by Sara Paretsky, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Chicago private investigator VI Warshawski is reluctantly drawn back to her old neighbourhood to investigate whether the unpleasant mother of a former boyfriend was framed for the murder of her daughter COCAINE (three short stories) by Massimo Carlotto, Gianrico Carafiglio and Giancarlo de Cataldo, reviewed by Chris Roberts Three stories by Italian writers look at the trade in cocaine from the perspective of individuals within Italian law enforcement. REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason, reviewed by Ewa Sherman A homeless alcoholic man is found drown in a shallow pond on the outskirts of Reykjavik. A young woman disappeared while walking home from a club. Erlendur Sveinsson is just a traffic cop … THE DEVIL’S ANVIL by Matt Hilton, reviewed by Linda Wilson Billie Womack’s ex-husband stole $80 million and the people he stole it from think she’s the key to getting their hands on the money. It’s Joe Hunter’s job to keep her safe. THESE ARE THE NAMES by Tommy Weiringa, reviewed by Chris Roberts Migrants end up in a small border town on the Russian steppes, where Police Commissioner Pontus Beg ponders his heritage. A KILLING MOON by Steven Dunne, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh Weeks after the disappearance of an Irish student in Derby, the body of a Polish girl is found in the back of a burnt-out van. Detective Inspector Brook thinks the two are linked, but he has to navigate the complex world of organised crime in order to find out how. DEAD GIRL WALKING by Chris Brookmyre, reviewed by John Cleal Disgraced journalist Jack Parlabane is hired to find a missing pop diva. His search takes him across Europe, into the murky backstage world of rock – and into danger. BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich, reviewed by Chris Roberts For generations, Bull Mountain in Georgia has been home to the Burroughs family and a base for their illegal activities, but law enforcement agencies are planning to close them down. THE FATHER by Tom O Keenan, reviewed by John Cleal Sean Rooney, an alcoholic and mentally-disturbed former forensic profiler, is dragged out of retirement by his DCI ex-wife to help her solve the gruesome murders of a whole family. DEATH ON DEMAND by Jim Kelly, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Norfolk DI Peter Shaw would rather be surfing, but he has to deal with the murder of a 100-year-old woman, threatened unrest on a pilgrimage and the murky history of an almost-derelict estate DARK HEART by Tony Park, reviewed by John Cleal A former British Army doctor and two of his lovers, a South African photographer and an Australian lawyer, were all damaged by their experiences of the Rwandan genocide. Years later, a mystery photograph puts them at risk. THE SNAKE TRAP by Kevin Brooks, reviewed by Linda Wilson Travis Delaney has been kidnapped by terrorists and has to work with a man he hates in order to survive. NIGHT SCHOOL by CJ Daugherty, reviewed by Linda Wilson When teenage rebel Allie Sheridan is arrested for the third time, her parents have had enough, and she’s packed off to the exclusive and mysterious Cimmeria Academy, where nothing is quite what it seems. Best wishes Sharon
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