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Alison Flood

The Black-Eyed Blonde review John Banville brings Philip Marlowe back to life

John Banville, using his crime-writing pseudonym, has produced an entertaining, note-perfect piece of literary ventriloquism As the post-Fleming James Bond franchise expands inexorably, Raymond Chandler fans quailed at the news that the estate of the late

Treachery review - Giordano Bruno returns in SJ Parris's high-seas adventure

Murder on a ship and a dangerously blasphemous book: Giordano Bruno, SJ Parris's heretic and spy, is back, and ready to apply his prodigious mind to another deadly puzzle.

Steven Berkoff makes self-publishing debut

After rejection by conventional imprints, actor and director finds 'sense of independence' renewed by releasing books himself He is a major force in British acting and a much-garlanded playwright and director, but Steven Berkoff has chosen to self-publis

Someone Else's Skin review -'a superbly disturbing debut'

Sarah Hilary's compelling first thriller sees detective Marnie Rome forced to face her fear of victimhood.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson - review

The bungling hero may stretch your patience but the cliffhangers will keep you reading until the end

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse - review

Lucie Whitehouse's third novel is slow to get going, but a growing sense of dread makes this 'marriage thriller' a nail-biter Hannah is 33, resolutely single, enjoying her life in New York and her career in advertising, when she meets fellow Brit Mark an

Dust by Patricia Cornwell - review

Kay Scarpetta is back for her 21st outing

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin - review

Ian Rankin's decision to bring John Rebus out of retirement to rake over the past was the right one Ian Rankin has found a way to bring his long-running detective John Rebus out of retirement, but the former detective inspector has been forced to take a

Prayer by Philip Kerr - review

Philip Kerr's Bible-thumping thriller is let down by an unsympathetic hero, bad dialogue and even worse sex The premise of Prayer , Philip Kerr's first standalone novel in a decade, is tantalisingly creepy. A series of high-profile atheists have died in

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly - review

The rising waters of the Mississippi prove a perfect backdrop for Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly's dark, prohibition-era tale Hobnob Landing, a town of 3,000-odd people "nestled where the Mississippi doubled back on itself like a black racer fixing