THE GOODBYE COAST Joe Ide ( Weidenfeld & Nicolson ( £14.99 Buy a copy from your favourite independent bookshop Once a rom-com queen, Kendra James is now a fading Hollywood star. Her husband has been shot dead and her step-daughter has disappeared, so she turns to a private detective to find her. Enter Philip Marlowe […]

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COMPETITION: Win a Copy of Jonathan Freedland’s THE 3RD WOMAN

THE THIRD WOMAN Jonathan Freedland ( HarperCollins ( £12.99 To celebrate the release on July 2nd of Jonathan Freedland’s exciting new thriller, The 3rd Woman, which I will be reviewing here soon, those lovely folks at HarperCollins Publishers have given us three copies of the novel to give away. It couldn’t be simpler to be […]

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ALL INVOLVED by Ryan Gattis

ALL INVOLVED Ryan Gattis ( Picador ( £12.99 At the end of April 1992 Los Angeles burned for six days as large sections of the population rioted, following the acquittal of LAPD officers who were on trial for the brutal beating of a black man named Rodney King. As law enforcement and other emergency services […]

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PERFIDIA by James Ellroy

PERFIDIA James Ellroy ( William Heinemann (…/william-heinemann) £18.99 December 6th, 1941: four members of a Japanese family living in Los Angeles are found dead in their home in what, at first glance, appears to be a ritual Japanese suicide. Hideo Ashida, the only Japanese employee of the Los Angeles Police Department, finds evidence that suggests […]

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THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE Benjamin Black ( Mantle ( £16.99 It seems like a straightforward case: Nico Peterson, the boyfriend of Philip Marlowe’s married client, has disappeared. It’s a scenario Marlowe has investigated often and it usually means the boyfriend has wanted to end the affair and decided disappearing might be an easier option than going […]

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