The Year’s Best Crime Novels, : The Booklist ReaderPhotograph: Jan Cobb. Photograph: Aidan Crawley. Danny Lynch, a veteran of two tours of Iraq, meets his doppelganger on the streets of New York. The result is a powerful psychological thriller of institutional corruption braided with ancient folkloric motifs. Ann Cleeves maintained her high standards with the atmospheric Cold Earth. Mark Billingham delivered a meticulously constructed homage to Agatha Christie in the standalone Die of Shame. In Lie With Me, Sabine Durrant combined elegance, wit and a sharp eye for social nuance with a skilful manipulation of our sympathies.
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Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, and history-mystery blends dominate the best crime fiction reviewed in Booklist from May 1, , through April 15, If you love that special brew of light and dark that characterizes the best caper novels, you have to be a little giddy after a year in which three writers of the caliber of Stephen Dobyns Is Fat Bob Dead Yet? The Cartel , by Don Winslow. Dodgers , by Bill Beverly. East, a year-old gang member who has never been out of L. The journey is transformative, forcing East to confront problems inside and outside the van while figuring out who he is and why he was sent along.
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Another year, another twelve months of brilliant books! Instead we enlisted the help of some true experts when it comes to crime writing — the authors themselves! Liz Nugent , author of Lying in Wait :. I thoroughly enjoyed Girl Unknown by Karen Perry. Middle class academic, David, is on the brink of promotion but is surprised when a new student introduces herself as his daughter.