David Lagercrantz came to the attention of the estate of the late Stieg Larsson for his ghost-written autobiography of soccer player Zlatan Abrahimović. Lagercrantz was tapped on the shoulder to adopt Larsson’s style and approach and continue the globally popular Millennium series featuring everybody’s favourite punk hacker tough girl Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.
The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.
Posted by Robert Goodman
In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.
Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.
Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel
Jigsaw Man is the fourth in Elena Forbes’ Mark Tartaglia series. For those who have been following the trials and tribulations of Tartaglia and his team this might be a welcome catch-up with familiar characters.
It's hard to pick whether Left Luggage is the start of a series featuring John Lawrence, and if so, how you'd get him back into other dangerous situations, although you can see how it would be an attraction for an author. Not quite a super-hero type, he's prepared to put himself on the line if required, he's brave, strong and capable.
It looks very much like FOLLOW THE LEADER is heading off into series territory and it shows considerable promise in that. Certainly enough to put the first book firmly on my reading list. Nothing like being prepared when book 3 surfaces.
SWEET ONE reminds that an observer's eye can be acute. When that eye is combined with sympathy, respect and love, then the stories told are strong, and in a language that's accessible, gripping, moving, emotional, provocative and forceful.
While there are overt and subtle call-backs to previous books, Gun Street Girl can easily be read as a stand alone crime novel. But this is a fascinating and evolving series and a hinted fifth instalment can only be a good thing.
Contradictions, inconsistencies and the personal and professional are part of what Hall explores with great precision in this novel. There's much in all of these characters that is required to add up to the whole.
Asylum City is a novel with a social conscience and it is always clear where Shohad’s sympathies lie. However, it is also an engaging procedural that effectively carries the reader through its social agenda.
I'm juggling a few books at the moment and currently this is the one that I can't put down. As opposed to the next one I'll mention that I can't put down. (Whoever invented having to work when there are books is a meanie).