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Top Five Crime Fiction

14/12/2023

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I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s I Have Some Questions For You uses the creation of a true crime podcast to explore their popularity and their impact but also a range of other issues. Makkai makes readers think deeply about the issues that she is raising in an engaging, often quietly devastating way

Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane

Small Mercies finds Dennis Lehane back in the familiar territory of South Boston in the 1970s. Lehane uses familier elements to make some larger points – about the poisonous nature of racism, about the way communities can be used by the unscrupulous, about redemption and second chances. Small Mercies is one of his excoriating best.

Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor

Deepti Kapoor compulsive debut Age of Vice digs deep into Indian organised crime and the lives of the haves and have nots in modern India.

Lay Your Body Down by Amy Suiter Clarke

Amy Suiter Clark explores dangerous and exploitative power of religion in the hands of unscrupulous and charismatic leaders in her second novel Lay Your Body Down. But also, through her main character Del, tells the powerful story of a woman who, despite the pain that it brings, looks her very real demons in the eye to take back control of her life

Titanium Noir by Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway delivers pitch perfect noir through the voice of a world weary detective in a dangerous world. This genre mashup of noir crime and science fiction tropes is cynical and sharp with not a word wasted.

Honourable Mentions

Old God's Time by Sebastian Barry

Old God’s Time is an elegaic exploration of Ireland’s legacy of child abuse through the eyes of an ageing retired policeman,

Ritual of Fire by DV Bishop

DV Bishop continues to knock it out of the park with the third in his crime series set in Renaissance Florence.

The Secret Hours by Mick Herron

A Slough House adjacent novel of spies and bureaucracy full of the manouvring, action and sly observation that readers have come to expect from Herron.

Broken Bay by Margaret Hickey

The third in Margaret Hickey’s Mark Ariti series is set in and around the limestone caverns of the wild South Australian coast.

Taken by Dinuka McKenzie

McKenzie continues her great run with the second in her Kate Miles series whicb began with The Torrent.

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