Book reviews 2010

Book reviews 2010

The Girl with the Crystal Eyes by Barbara Baraldi

Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay (Petrona, May)

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay (Petrona, October)

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (Petrona, October)

Whispers of the Dead by Simon Beckett (Petrona, January)

Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista (Petrona, April)

The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard (Petrona, May)

Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton (Petrona, January)

Blue Heaven by C. J. Box (Petrona, July)

Cambridge Blue by Alison Bruce (Euro Crime, July)

The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri (Euro Crime, April)

Shadowplay by Karen Campbell (Euro Crime, October)

Poisonville by Massimo Carlotto and Marco Videtta (Petrona, April)

The Past is a Foreign Country by Gianrico Carofiglio (Petrona, June)

The Missing by Jane Casey (Petrona, February)

Chinatown Beat by Henry Chang (Petrona, August)

A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex

61 Hours by Lee Child (Euro Crime, April)

Worth Dying For by Lee Child (Euro Crime, October)

The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark (Petrona, May)

Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave (Petrona, October)

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves (Euro Crime, January)

Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves (Petrona, August)

Caught by Harlan Coben (Petrona, May)

Play Dead by Harlan Coben (Petrona, August)

The First Rule by Robert Crais (Petrona, May)

Willing Flesh by Adam Creed (Petrona, August)

Captured by Neil Cross (Euro Crime, January)

The Last Fix by K. O. Dahl (Petrona, April)

The Man in the Window by K. O. Dahl

The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen (Euro Crime, May)

American Visa by Juan de Recacoechea (Petrona, August)

Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai (Euro Crime, August)

The Dragon Man by Garry Disher (Petrona, August)

Kittyhawk Down by Garry Disher (Petrona, October)

The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall (Petrona, September)

The Serpent Pool by Martin Edwards (Euro Crime, February)

The Cruel Stars of the Night by Kjell Eriksson (Euro Crime, February)

The Demon of Dakar by Kjell Eriksson (Petrona, June)

In the Wind by Barbara Fister (Petrona, June)

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Petrona, July)

Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum (Petrona, August)

What to do When Someone Dies by Nicci French (Petrona, March)

Complicit by Nicci French (Euro Crime, May)

At Close Quarters by Eugenio Fuentes (Euro Crime, April)

The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza (Petrona, August)

The Neighbour by Lisa Gardner (Petrona, June)

Siren of the Waters by Michael Genelin (Petrona, January)

This Body of Death by Elizabeth George (Petrona, June)

Vodka Doesn’t Freeze by Leah Giarratano (Petrona, July)

Black Ice by Leah Giarratano (Petrona, October)

Winterland by Alan Glynn (Euro Crime, July)

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (Petrona, September)

Murder on Page Three by Ella Griffiths (Petrona, January)

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Petrona, February)

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (Petrona, May)

Money to Burn by James Grippando (Petrona, May)

Inspector Cataldo’s Criminal Summer by Luigi Guicciaradi (Petrona, April)

The Disappeared by M. R. Hall (Euro Crime, January)

A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah (Euro Crime, March)

The Last Child by John Hart (Petrona, June)

Far Cry by John Harvey (Petrona, June)

Gone by Mo Hayder (Petrona, October)

Tell Tale by Sam Hayes (Petrona, September)

Blood Sunset by Jarad Henry (Petrona, January)

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist (Petrona, May)

Death in Oslo by Anne Holt (Petrona, January)

Any Man’s Death by Hazel Holt (Petrona, September)

Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland (Petrona, June)

Silent Counsel by Ken Isaacson (Petrona, September)

Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn (Petrona, August)

Dead Like You by Peter James (Euro Crime, June)

The Pull of the Moon by Diane Janes (Euro Crime, May)

The Killer’s Art by Mari Jungstedt (Euro Crime, June)

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (Euro Crime, June)

The Last Ten Seconds by Simon Kernick (Euro Crime, March)

B-Very Flat by Margot Kinberg (Petrona, April)

The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg (Euro Crime, March)

Rupture (aka 1000 Cuts) by Simon Lelic (Euro Crime, April)

About Face by Donna Leon (Euro Crime, January)

Where the Dead Lay by David Levien (Petrona, February)

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (Petrona, July)

Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli (Petrona, June)

Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli (Petrona, August)

The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland (Petrona, June)

Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo (Petrona, August)

The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (Euro Crime, March)

Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti (Petrona, April)

Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin (Petrona, June)

Che Committed Suicide by Petros Markaris (Euro Crime, May)

Red Wolf by Liza Marklund (Euro Crime, October)

Tooth and Claw by Nigel McCrery (Euro Crime, January)

The Rising by Brian McGilloway (Euro Crime, April)

All The Colours of the Town by Liam McIlvanney (Petrona, September)

Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer (Petrona, August)

Dead Before Dying by Deon Meyer (Petrona, January)

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer (Euro Crime, April)

Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski (Petrona, July)

Still Midnight by Denise Mina (Petrona, April)

All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe (Petrona, June)

Shadow Family by Miyuki Miyabe (Petrona, July)

Hit by Tara Moss (Euro Crime, August)

Audition by Ryu Murakami (Petrona, October)

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Euro Crime, April)

Woman with Birthmark by Hakan Nesser (Euro Crime, February)

The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser (Euro Crime, August)

The Twelve by Stuart Neville (Petrona, July)

Twisted Wing by Ruth Newman (Petrona, May)

Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol (Petrona, September)

The Dinner Club by Saskia Noort (Petrona, May)

A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn (Petrona, August)

Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn (Petrona, October)

Like Clockwork by Margie Orford (Petrona, January)

No-one Loves a Policeman by Guillermo Orsi (Petrona, June)

Havana Red by Leonardo Padura (Petrona, August)

The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer (Petrona, February)

Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Pinerio (Petrona, February)

The Complaints by Ian Rankin (Petrona, June)

The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell (Petrona, June)

Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath (Euro Crime, July)

Experimental Heart by Jennifer L Rohn (Petrona, October)

The Vault (Box 21) by Roslund-Hellstrom (Petrona, January)

Three Seconds by Roslund-Hellstrom (Euro Crime, September)

Last Light by Alex Scarrow (Petrona, February)

Afterlight by Alex Scarrow (Petrona, July)

Bunker by Andrea Maria Schenkel 

My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Euro Crime, May)

Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Petrona, September)

The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (Euro Crime, February)

Cop Killer by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (Euro Crime, August)

The Terrorists by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

Yours Until Death by Gunnar Staalesen

Truth by Peter Temple (Petrona, January)

Snow Angels by James Thompson (Petrona, March)

The Reunion by Simone van der Vlugt (Petrona, January)

River of Shadows by Valerio Varesi (Euro Crime, September)

Water-blue Eyes by Domingo Villar (Petrona, May)

Silence by Jan Costin Wagner (Petrona, October)

The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang (Petrona, March)

The Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson (Euro Crime, March)

An Empty Death by Laura Wilson (Petrona, September)

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (Petrona, March)

A Certain Malice by Felicity Young (Petrona, April)

Dark Matter by Juli Zeh (Euro Crime, April)

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Finished reading Truth, by Peter Temple

I have just finished reading a proof copy of Truth, the latest novel by Peter Temple. The book will be published in the UK by Quercus on 7 January 2010, so my review will appear here in the new year. I'm still reeling from reading this book: a few excerpts might help to show why, and to whet the appetites of any eagerly awaiting readers.

Di Palma offered his hand, Villani shook it. Then he shook Orong's treacherous little hand. He left the offices, walked down the cool and self-important corridor. From the walls, the dead watched him pass, they had seen many a coward come and go.
In a short time, he was on the street, orange sun behind the haze, looking for Finucane, unaccountably thinking about the first horse Bob raced, the best horse he ever had, the lovely little grey called Truth who won at her second start, won three from twelve, always game, never gave up. She sickened and died in hours, buckled and lay, her sweet eyes forgave them their stupid inability to save her.

A hot north-west wind on their faces, another blocking system was idling out in the southern ocean. Two long valleys ran from the north-west towards Selbourne, the main road down one of them. The fire would come as it came to Marysville and Kinglake on that February hell day, come with the terrible thunder of a million hooves, come rolling, flowing, as high as a ten-storey building, throwing red-hot spears and fireballs hundreds of metres ahead, sucking air from trees, houses, people, animals, sucking air out of everything in the landscape, creating its own howling wind, getting hotter and hotter, a huge blacksmith's reducing fire that melted humans and animals, detonated buildings, turned soft metals to sliver flowing liquids and buckled steel.

He switched off his lights and went to the window. Below, the bright ribbons of traffic. Across the road, the dark of the school and its grounds, the botanic gardens. Then, far away, the gloss of the highways, and, in the sky, gleaming in the clouds, the full luminescence of the huge city.

Peter Temple is Australia's most acclaimed crime and thriller writer – the only author to have won the Ned Kelly prize five times. The Broken Shore won the CWA Gold Dagger, as well as several other prestigious awards. Peter Temple is South African by birth and lives in Ballarat, Australia with his family. Truth his his ninth novel. He is also author of the Jack Irish series: Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point and (yet to be published in the UK) White Dog. Other novels by Peter Temple are Shooting Star, In the Evil Day and An Iron Rose. Without exception, they are wonderful.

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