DO NOT BECOME ALARMED Maile Meloy ( Viking ( £8.99 Cousins Liv and Nora have decided to take their families – a husband and two young children each – on a cruise down the western coast of the Americas. The giant ship on which they find themselves has everything they could possibly want, and it […]

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SNATCH by Gregory McDonald

SNATCH Gregory McDonald ( Hard Case Crime ( £7.99 Two eight-year-old boys from very different backgrounds. Two sets of less-than-competent kidnappers. In the hands of Gregory McDonald, almost anything could happen. Like many people of my generation, my first exposure to the work of Gregory McDonald was the wonderful 1985 film Fletch, in which Chevy […]

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THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh

THE DEFENCE Steve Cavanagh ( Orion Books ( £12.99 “Do exactly as I tell you or I’ll put a bullet in your spine.” Pushing the gun hard into my back, he said, “I’ll follow you out of the bathroom. You’ll put on your coat. You’ll pay for breakfast, and we’ll leave together. We’re going to […]

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THE PROFESSIONALS Owen Laukkanen ( Corvus ( £7.99 In the beginning, the whole thing had been Marie’s idea. It had started as a joke, some throwaway line spouted off one rainy night in Seattle, the gang holed up at Sawyer’s place bitching about the job market over cheap beer and pizza, scholarships almost gone and […]

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