10 years ago

Vish Puri is either India’s #1 private investigator or #2

A respected Indian attorney — an idealistic crusader for justice in the face of a corrupt system — has been framed in a sensational murder case and turns for help to the legendary Vish Puri. Depending on the mood he’s in, Vish Puri is either India’s #1 private investigator or #2. Puri is the proprietor […]

Continue Reading...
11 years ago

An anti-Nazi detective in Hitler’s Germany

Both U.S. critics and the British public seem to love Philip Kerr, but I can’t quite figure out why. Oh, Kerr’s good, all right. I can understand why they like him. It’s just that love seems a little over the top. Kerr’s plotting is complex and full of tension and ultimate surprise, and his characters […]

Continue Reading...
11 years ago

From Robert Goddard, a tale rooted in the brutal Belgian Congo

Robert Goddard writes suspenseful novels that typically span many years in British history and demonstrate graphically the unforeseen consequences of long-ago acts. Long Time Coming is one of the 20 books he has written since the early 90s and one of 12 now available for the Kindle. I acquired an addiction for Goddard’s work six […]

Continue Reading...
11 years ago

German emigres in Hollywood in a captivating historical novel

Ben Collier, born Reuben Kohler, a German-American Jew raised in the film industry by his famous director father, leaves Germany in the days immediately following the end of the Second World War in Europe to visit his brother Danny, who lies in a coma in a Hollywood hospital. There, he finds himself embroiled in complex […]

Continue Reading...
11 years ago

Henning Mankell leaves Kurt Wallender behind on a trip to Beijing

Before Stieg Larsson and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, there was Henning Mankell, the long-reigning Swedish king of crime fiction with his internationally popular series of detective novels featuring the world-weary policeman, Kurt Wallander. With The Man From Beijing, Mankell has reclaimed his right to the summit. The first volume of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, […]

Continue Reading...
11 years ago

Rennie Airth’s John Madden series spans the world wars

In three suspenseful crime novels set in England between the two wars, South African writer Rennie Airth tells the story of Scotland Yard detective John Madden and his wife, nee Dr. Helen Blackwell. John is a veteran of the Great War, unhinged by his experiences in the bloodbath in France and by the deaths of […]

Continue Reading...
11 years ago

Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood police saga

Joseph Wambaugh, who is pushing 75 now, has been acclaimed as a writer of both novels and nonfiction about police and crime in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. While still at work as a detective sergeant in 1971, his first novel, The New Centurions, was published. It was nearly that long ago (1973) when […]

Continue Reading...