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This week’s reviews are:
THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh
An 11-year-old boy is found murdered and mutilated in the small town of
Flint City. All the evidence points to Little League Coach Terry Maitland.
But there’s as much evidence that he was out of town as there is placing
him at the crime scene. How he can be in two places at once?
TWO KINDS OF TRUTH by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Harry Bosch must go undercover to expose a ruthless drugs gang as well as
fighting to protect his own reputation.
DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SE by Walter Mosley, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Joe King Oliver, a New York PI who’s still coming to terms with being
ousted from the NYPD, is invited to help a black radical accused of killing
two crooked police detectives.
THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, reviewed by
The United States faces a terrorist threat, and it is up to the President
himself to stop it.
THE OTHER WIFE by Michael Robotham, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is called to St Mary’s hospital in London where
his eminent surgeon father William is in a coma after a vicious attack. But
the crying woman by the bedside, who introduces herself as William’s wife,
isn’t Joe’s mother and he’s never seen her before.
THE WALLS by Hollie Overton, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Kristy Tucker loved Lance once. Now, her only way to stop the fear is with
THE ANTHILL MURDERS by Hans Olav Lahlum, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
1972. A serial killer is hunting young women in Oslo. He strangles them and
leaves a cut-out picture of an ant by each body. Brilliant Inspector
Kolbjørn Kristiansen fears that he won’t be able to catch the murderer.
BLACK WATER by Cormac O’Keeffe, reviewed by John Cleal
Ten-year-old Jig is recruited into a vicious Dublin street gang. Undercover
Garda Shay seeks to save the boy, but puts his own family at risk.
ESCAPE AND EVASION by Christopher Wakling, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Joseph Ashcroft steals £1.34 billion from the bank where he works and
distributes it to numerous strangers worldwide. Then he goes on the run
SHADOW MAN by Margaret Kirk, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When TV presenter Morven Murray is found brutally murdered on the eve of
her wedding, it’s up to DI Lukas Mahler to find her killer.
TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Jerry Grey, a successful author of crime fiction, has been diagnosed with
early-onset Alzheimer’s. Now that he has trouble remembering, he has
apparently started to confess to the murders from his novels. Other women
are being murdered too.
PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Carl Feldman may be her sister’s killer. And the game she is about to play
may make him her killer too.
THE KREMLIN’S CANDIDATE by Jason Matthews, reviewed by John Cleal
Double agent Dominika Egorova will lose her love and her life unless she
can uncover a Russian mole who may become America’s most senior
DANCING ON THE GRAVE by Zoë Sharp, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A sniper is operating on the Cumbrian fells. CSI Grace McColl and DC Nick
Weston must track him down before the death toll rises even further.
THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A man of substance walks into a restaurant, shoots a man dead, and strolls
out. He is convicted of the crime, but then hires a lawyer to establish his
HYDRA by Matt Wesolowski, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Investigative journalist Scott King delves into a family massacre, told by
the killer and five witnesses, through six podcasts.
THE KILLING CONNECTION by TF Muir, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
No one knows the woman found dead on the rocks in St Andrews, and DCI Andy
Gilchrist senses this will be a complicated murder case.
BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL by Antony Beevor, reviewed by John Cleal
The story of the Red Army’s capture of the German capital in World War II’s
FIVE DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD by Nicolas Best, reviewed by John Cleal
First-person accounts of the famous, soon-to-be-famous and the unknowns who
lived through the dramatic days from April 28 to May 2 1945, covering the
deaths of the Fascist dictators Mussolini and Hitler, the fall of Berlin
and the end of the six-year war.
NO SHAME by Anne Cassidy, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Seventeen-year-old Stacey was raped, and she’s determined to see her
attacker brought to justice, but there’s no guarantee that she’ll be the
one the jury believes.
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