THE PROFESSIONALS by Owen Laukkanen

THE PROFESSIONALS Owen Laukkanen (owenlaukkanen.com) Corvus (atlantic-books.co.uk) £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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THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ by Ray Celestin

THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ Ray Celestin Mantle (www.panmacmillan.com) £16.99 New Orleans, May 1919. A man, styling himself the Axeman, has already brutally murdered six people, leaving tarot cards by their mutilated bodies, and has sent a letter to the Times-Picayune promising more in the future. Independently of each other, three people – Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot; […]

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BEAUTY AND THE INFERNO by Roberto Saviano

BEAUTY AND THE INFERNO Roberto Saviano (www.robertosaviano.it) Translated by Oonagh Stransky MacLehose Press (www.maclehosepress.com) £16.99 If, like me, you’ve gone all this time not knowing who Roberto Saviano is, here’s the nutshell version: in 2006 Roberto Saviano, an Italian journalist living and working in Naples, Italy, published Gomorrah. Part journalism, part literary novel, it details […]

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