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Published by Knopf, 9 April, 2015. (US) ISBN 978-0-385-35419-6. (HB)
(UK) Published by Harvill Secker, 9 April 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-846-55860-3, (HB)
This novel is offered as a
standalone by the author of the popular Harry Hole series, creating a new, very
different type of protagonist, a contract killer with a convoluted personality
full of paradoxes. His name is Olav Johansen and he is a solitary person
who acts as a fixer, getting rid of persons his pimp boss wishes to remove from
the living world.
After establishing a pretty good picture of Olav as
a person, the beginning of a extraordinary plot evolves. His boss, who
controls both prostitution and heroin rackets in Oslo, tells Olav to kill his
wife, creating a dilemma for the fixer. In researching the wife‘s
activities preparatory to killing her, he instead falls in love with his
intended victim. And this leads to further ramifications later on, not to
be revealed in this review.
Although the publisher suggests the novel is a
standalone, there is information that there is a sequel, “Midnight Sun,
Blood on Snow Part Two,” scheduled to be published in the UK come
November, and that a third novel is anticipated also featuring Olav. The
novels are supposedly being published under Jo Nesbo’s alter ego name, Tom
Johansen (note the use of the surname for Olav as well). But what’s in a
name when the true writer is Jo Nesbo, who gives us such wonderful plots,
written with intensity, and characters who provide us with charm, amusement and
------ Reviewer:Ted Feit
Jo Nesbøis a Norwegian author and musician. He was born 29 March
1960 in Oslo, Norway. As of March 2014
more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work
has been translated into over 40 languages, selling 23 million copies.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.
Published by Robert Hale,
28 August 2015. ISBN: 978-0-7198-1757-1
When young Annoushka witnesses a murder at a high society
party and records it on her mobile, she cannot imagine the danger she puts
herself in. The evidence she holds could bring down many of the aristocracy
and people in government.
On the instructions of the Prime Minister Special
Agent Samantha Quest is sent to protect Annoushka and retrieve the 'phone.
However, the mobile goes missing and so begins a frantic search by the two
women closely followed by men employed to destroy the
evidence and them.
Also unknown to Annoushka, her father, a wealthy Russian
oligarch has powerful enemies intent on tracking her down and disposing of her
and Samantha. The two have to keep one step ahead all the time and it becomes
imperative that they recover the mobile as it is the only thing they have to
bargain for their safety.
This was a great story of intrigue and corruption in
high places. The two women have to outwit pursuers from every direction and it
makes for exciting reading. They have many a close shave avoiding all the would
I found it refreshing to read the exploits of a female
Special Agent instead of the usual testosterone fuelled male!
I laughed out loud at a couple of remarks by H.R.H.
Prince Philip, Raymond Haigh certainly has a hidden sense of humour! For the main part though, this book is
full of “dark powers” that are easy to imagine actually do exist in high
places. It lends belief to probably most people's suspicions that there must be
many a cover-up in the government and among the super rich.
Apparently this is Haigh's seventh book involving
Samantha Quest, and I shall be looking out for the other six.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Raymond Haighwas born in Doncaster where he went on to work in
local government design departments. He is married with four children and seven
grandchildren. Haigh's crime writing spree began in the 1980s with the
publication of the first of his five Paul Lomax novels. Dark Powers is his seventh Samantha Quest story.
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.
by Quercus, 4 June 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78206-309-4 (HB). 978-1-78206-310-0 TPB)
Janice has received a phone call
to tell her of her brother’s sudden death, but the real shock is the caller:
the daughter she gave up for adoption back in the sixties ...
empathetically written novel mostly follows Janice’s head as she copes with her
hostile daughter and the memories of her sixties self, a bands groupie in love
with star-turned-recluse, Joe Vincent, who now lives in the same village as her
brother. Suzie sees her mother as selfishly abandoning her, but while we
understand her point of view, Janice retains our sympathy – we too understand that
‘things were different then’, and the sixties ethos of acid and ‘cool’ is
vividly evoked and re-judged from a modern standpoint. Janice has also aquired
a grand-daughter, Suzie’s daughter Molly, who is the third-person focus of the
novel’s other plot strand, of missing Phoebe – could Molly be that lost child?
The plots are woven together deftly, with a neatly entwined solution.
slow-burn character-centred novel, with action taking second place to the
a satisfying read.
brought up in London and has degrees in English literature from Somerville
College, Oxford, and UCL, London. She lives in Islington, London, where she is
currently working on her twelfth novel. She is the crime fiction reviewer for
the Guardian newspaper, and teaches on the City University Crime Thriller Novel
Creative Writing MA course.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.
This is the
third book in the Parker Brothers series.Sam Parker is a detective constable with the Greater Manchester police
and his younger brother, Joe, is a criminal defence lawyer.
book begins with a brutal, cold-blooded murder being committed by a man who
didn’t know either the victim or understand why it was important that he should
Parker is called to the police station and learns that the man he is being
asked to represent is the man whom he believes had murdered his sister Ellie
seventeen years previously.The crime
was never solved and Joe is burdened with, and driven by, the guilty knowledge
that he could have saved Ellie. Indeed Joe had chosen to become a criminal
lawyer only in the hope that he would come across Ellie’s murderer whom he has
vowed to kill.
Joe is reeling with shock, his brother, DC Sam Parker, is trying to track the
killer of the victim from Chapter One, whom it transpires has himself recently
killed a schoolteacher.
two stories gradually merge. They take
the investigators into the murky world of men seeking sex from underage girls
via the Internet, and towards a warped killer who thrives on the misery his
crimes generate in the families of his victims.Gina Ross, an ex policewoman who investigated Ellie’s death, helps the
brothers with their efforts to catch the killer.
is a well-written, fast paced story in which tension builds from the first line
and there is a neat twist at the end that explains the enigma raised in Chapter
One. The narrative has a great sense of
place, and the personal relationships are skillfully described. Joe’s
relationship with the mother of one young girl provides interest to carry that
strand of the story forwards.
hadn’t read the first two books in the series, but this was not a problem. I thoroughlyrecommend
the Domino Killer to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
Reviewer: Angela Crowther
was born in 1965 in Mexborough, a small South Yorkshire mining town. The family
moved several times. Eventually Neil studied law and gained his law degree in
Preston. He is a criminal lawyer and a writer. During the day he goes to court.
At night he write’s crime fiction. He says ‘It is as simple as that.’
Angela Crowtheris a retired scientist. She has published many
scientific papers but, as yet, no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela
belongs to a Handbell Ringing group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening
to music, particularly the operas of Verdi and Wagner.