Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stuff these

Imagine the looks on the faces of your nearest and/or dearest crime lovers as they open their holiday stockings and find not a new Blackberry Storm but one of these fine new mysteries or thrillers. They'll never forget you...

Interred with Their Bones
by Jennifer Lee Carrell

A much-praised bestseller in hardcover in the U.S. and the U.K., Carrell's beautifully-crafted debut thriller examines links between the identity of Shakespeare and a modern murder.

Las Vegas Noir

The fact that one of my favorite crime writers, Scott Phillips, author of THE ICE HARVEST and COTTONWOOD, has a great story in this new anthology from Akashic adds even more weight to a worthy project.

Two by John McFetridge

If you've read TORONTO NOIR, you know that Canadian city is as nasty as Chicago or Detroit. McFetridge proved that with this first novel,DIRTY SWEET, about a female real estate broker who gets involved up to her escrow with mobsters, killers and other dangerous types. McFedtridge's second book, EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE, is equally gripping and well-crafted.

Two Guys from Ireland -- Only One Named Declan

Little Criminals
by Gene Kerrigan

Kerrigan is the best crime writer to come out of Ireland in recent memory, as much for his beautifully-written portrait of the blazing economy of the new Ireland as for his vivid sketches of criminals and cops stumbling over each other.

The Price of Blood: An Irish Novel of Suspense
by Declan Hughes

A missing-persons case draws P.I. Ed Loy into the shady-and deadly-underworld of horse racing in this third Dublin thriller by Hughes, everyone's favorite Irish crime writer these days.

Ripley's Game
by Patricia Highsmith

Just mention "Ripley" and most people think of Matt Damon or Alain Delon. But I prefer the very talented John Malkovich, who played the conniving killer in the film of this gorgeous new quality paperback.

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