Crime fiction

Refreshingly unfettered: LRB Podcast's Close Readings on Patricia Highsmith

10 April 2021 9:00 am

I’d forgotten what a rich and deep and characterful voice John le Carré had. Listening to author and lawyer Philippe…

Murder in Richmond Park: House with No Doors, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It’s 1981 in Richmond, south-west London. Detective Inspector Henry Hobbes is called out to a rundown house where the octogenarian…

A closing of ranks: The Searcher, by Tana French, reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

If the homage wasn’t clear from the title, Tana French makes sure throughout The Searcher, her seventh novel and second…

Older and grumpier: A Song for the Dark Times, by Ian Rankin, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

By my reckoning, this is the 24th outing for John Rebus, Scotland’s best known retired police officer. One of the…

A choice of classic crime fiction

20 June 2020 9:00 am

A guide to reading in lockdown. My involvement with crime and mystery fiction started when I was four. The first…

The mean streets of 1960s Soho: Bent, by Joe Thomas, and other crime fiction reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Brian De Palma brings his film director’s eye to Are Snakes Necessary? (Hard Case, £16.99), written in collaboration with the…

Crime fiction: a sole survivor is haunted by a family tragedy on a remote Scottish island

2 November 2019 9:00 am

James Sallis has a modus operandi: never to waste a word. Sarah Jane (No Exit Press, £8.99) follows this stricture…

Washed-up in LA: This Storm, by James Ellroy, reviewed

8 June 2019 9:00 am

When James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential appeared in 1990, it introduced us to a world of blatant corruption, casual racism and…

Death of a rock star: Slow Motion Ghosts, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Here is a novel set in the no man’s land between past and present, a fertile and constantly shifting territory…

Investigative journalists: new crime fiction reviewed

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Despite being well-travelled as the BBC’s world affairs editor, John Simpson doesn’t roam far from home in his spy thriller,…

Recent crime fiction

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling (4th Estate, £12.99) has the word masterpiece emblazoned on the cover, alongside quotes from several…

Ian Rankin’s diary: Paris, ignoring Twitter and understanding evil

21 November 2015 9:00 am

After ten days away, I spent last Friday at home alone, catching up on washing, shopping for cat food, answering…

This autumn's crime fiction visits the Isle of Man and enters the Big Brother house

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Phil Rickman isn’t unusual among crime writers for mingling supernatural elements with earthly crimes. What makes him different is his…

Have a crime-filled Christmas

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Pity the poor novelist whom commercial pressures trap within a series, doomed with each volume to diminish the stock of…

The Red Road by Denise Mina- review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Denise Mina’s 11th crime novel, The Red Road (Orion, £12.99), is one of her best, which is saying a good…

Holy Orders, by Benjamin Black - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s always a little disconcerting for the rest of us when literary novelists turn to crime. Have they become different…

Laidlaw by William McIlvanney - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Laidlaw was first published in 1977, 36 years back from now, 38 on from The Big Sleep. Like Chandler’s classic…