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by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 10 August 2017. ISBN: 978-1-474-60718-6 (PB)
The author is a
Japanese American (his surname is pronounced E-day), this is his debut thriller
and the private eye he has invented, African American Isaiah Quintabe (IQ by
name possessing a brilliant IQ) is an electrifying and original invention, a Sherlock Holmes of
our times, from the mean, tough streets of East Long Beach.
a high school drop-out and loner, is a detective with impressive powers of
observation and deduction coupled with a huge range of practical skills and
he’s the one who rights a wrong and solves the crimes the LAPD won’t or
can’t.With his side-kick Dodson he
faces his first big test – to find out who wants to murder celebrated rapper
Calvin Wright, who records under the name Black the Knife, who’s reduced to
jelly and driven mental when he’sattacked by a 130lb pit bull terrier. This is The Hound of the Baskervilles in a thrilling re-invention.
interwoven between the incidents taking place in 2013 is the backstory of
2005-2006. It’s here that we learn about Marcus, IQ’s older brother, whose absence
has prompted IQ to become a detective.
is the crackling one-liners, the energy of the dialogue and the superb characterisation
that make the story come alive and render the book unputdownable. The reader
will find him/herself hotly anticipating the release of the series of novels
the author has been signed up to write.
Joe Ide is of Japanese
American descent. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe’s favorite
books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person
could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his
intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and
had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired
by his early experiences and love of Sherlock. Joe lives in
Santa Monica, California.
her childhood in India, qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in
London for many years. She began writing by contributing feature articles to
legal periodicals then turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.
Published by Lightning Books, 20 July 2017. ISBN:
Raymond Maynard, a fifteen-year-old schoolboy, is
charged with the murder of one of his schoolteachers at the private boys’
school which he attends. His mother, distressed at the lack of interest
expressed by the appointed state solicitor, seeks the help of young solicitor
Constance Lamb. Constance, having interviewed Raymond, believes he is innocent
although the boy refused to speak: strange, yes, but not violent. Because the
charge is so serious he must be represented in court by an experienced and
highly effective barrister, so Constance chooses Judith Burton although Judith
had retired from practice some years ago. Judith agrees to take the case on.
The first thing that Judith does is to go to the school and look at the murder
scene herself and talk to the staff, particularly the school secretary who
tells Judith that she had seen Raymond with the body, and that the boy’s hands
and shirt had been stained with blood. Raymond denied responsibility but
nonetheless he had been arrested and taken into custody. Judith has also
inspected the murder scene and found one or two pieces of evidence, apparently
not spotted by the police, that might or might not be relevant. She and
Constance have to act quickly because the case is expedited because of
Raymond’s youth. But Raymond continues to be unhelpful to those who want to
help him: ‘You’re the experts,’ he says contemptuously. One particularly
troubling factor is that the Crown Prosecution Service, under pressure to cut
costs, wants Raymond’s evidence to be given subject to a new truth verification
software procedure (known as Pinocchio after the Italian story in which,
whenever the boy in the story tells a lie, his nose gets longer) which will
automatically assess a witness’s evidence by evaluating the thousands of tiny
muscles in the face, invisible to the naked eye, which show whether or not the
witness is telling the truth. Judith knows a great deal more about Pinocchio,
and about its inventor, than she is willing to let on but the judge is
was very impressed by this book, the first by this author, herself a practising
barrister, not least by her portrait of Raymond who is cold, arrogant,
unresponsive to people (later diagnosed as autistic), is one of the most
unlikeable characters I can imagine in real life or fiction. Nonetheless,
however unpleasant he is, if he is in fact innocent, he should not be convicted
of a crime he did not commit. So far as I can ascertain, Pinocchio does not
exist and the nearest I can find is voice stress analysis software designed to
ascertain whether or not a witness is lying by analysing changes in a witness’s
Reviewer: Radmila May
Silver grew up with a house full of books and was
inspired from an early age to believe she could join the ranks of her
heroes. Abi accepts that she probably could not have produced The Pinocchio Brief without her
experience as a lawyer to guide her along the way. She says being a
lawyer is just like being a detective, often required to construct the whole
jigsaw puzzle of a client’s case from its constituent pieces. Also, being
a good judge of character too; the motivation behind people’s actions (which must
be gleaned from their words and conduct) is key to understanding what really
happened and why. Abi read Law at Girton College Cambridge before wanderlust
sent her off travelling through Asia, Australia and South America as a student.
She also lived overseas in Israel for 5 years. Abi now lives in Radlett,
Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.
Published by Headline, 21 September 2017. ISBN:
The Prologue opens with Eddie Chase going to the
Canary Islands to help identify a Phillipe Mukobo from the Congo, who has a
reputation as a fanatic and is responsible for numerous killings. Once he has
successfully identified the despot a manic car chase ensues and Mukobo is
Two years later the African is
being flown to New York for the murder of a group of American aid workers six
years previously. The plane mysteriously crashes into the Atlantic and Mukobo
is believed to have been killed, but he makes a miraculous escape mid-flight!
We then come another year forward
and Eddie's wife Nina an archaeologist, who with her own television documentary
series, heads a team opening the First Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.They find a diorama of a city with Old Hebrew
inscriptions describing it as Zhakana, City of the Damned in the jungle of
Sheba and built on Solomon's instructions. It also describes a great yet
dangerous power contained within known as ‘The Mother of Shamir’.
Nina gets a group together to go to
Sheba in the Congo and Eddie joins her. They leave their daughter Macy with
Eddie's father. The television crew accompany her to record the hunt for the
After working their way through
many booby traps they find a small ‘Shamir’ which is lethal in spite of its
size and contained in a lead lined box. However, Mukobo and Brice an old
adversary of Eddie's together with a group of Militia have accompanied them and
are determined to have it for themselves. There follows a terrifying battle for
the destructive stone resulting in many deaths on both sides and Eddie and Nina
lose the Shamir.
On returning to England they are
horrified to learn what terrible use the Shamir is going to be put to. They
must do everything they can to prevent it, but can they? Brice has lead them to
believe that the British Government is behind the destruction plot, but can
this really be possible? To cap it all their daughter is kidnapped and her life
is threatened. They must find where she is and rescue her, it becomes a mad
race against time. Can they make it?
One thing we can rely on with Andy
McDermott's books is nonstop action, excitement, tension and mayhem, sorry
that's four for a start!
I thoroughly enjoy his stories,
real escapist fantasy with a touch of humour. Recommended for those who enjoy a
book that has everything and moves along at one hundred miles an hour.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Andy McDermottwas born in Halifax.He is the
bestselling author of the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series of adventure thrillers,
which have been sold in over 30 countries and 20 languages. His debut novel, The Hunt For Atlantis, was published in
the UK in 2008; on its US publication the following year it became his first of
several New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of the explosive spy
thriller The Persona Protocol, and
the first in a planned series of short stories about celebrity sleuth Leviticus
Gold. A former journalist and movie critic, Andy was the editor of respected UK
magazines like DVD Review and the iconoclastic film publication Hotdog. He is
now a full-time author. He now lives in Bournemouth.
Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime
and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not
reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there
are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing
books and have found lots of great new authors.