New UK fiction for November

November
The only advantage of the Bookseller's poor decision to produce two "double" issues in August is that I can catch up on my backlog. The 6/13 August issue highlights new fiction (and non-fiction) to be published in the UK in November, so I'll mention a few highlights to add to my earlier post about new paperbacks due for the same month.

There aren't a great many titles of interest to me in the crime and thriller category, as it happens. Philip Kerr has a new book out, Field Grey (Quercus, £17.99), the seventh story about Bernie Gunther. This one is set in 1954 Berlin, and Bernie's job is to meet POWs returning from Germany. One of them is a French war criminal. I haven't read the first of this series yet, but this one sounds good so I must make a start sometime.

Set in France but written in English is Blood Counts by Martin O'Brien (Preface, £12.99), a former travel editor for Vogue magazine. This one is fifth in a series about Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot of the Marseilles police. Another series to start, one day.

Among UK-set novels we can look forward to Borrowed Light by Graham Hurley (Orion, £12.99), the latest in the DI Joe Farraday series that seems from the blurb to be set in Portsmouth. It's about Middle East terrorism, the international property market and cocaine. I think I read the first one or two of this series years ago, but can't remember anything about the books except that I quite liked them.

The main output is from the USA. Karin Slaughter's Broken (Century, £12.99) is the biggest "name" (excepting the inevitable title by the dreaded JP), a Sara Linton investigation, therefore set in Georgia, Atlanta. I'm not sure whether I shall read this, given the increasingly slow pace and 'torture porn' content of her previous couple of books. Also there is From Blood by Edward Wright (Orion, £12.99), a political thriller by an author whose books win prestigious awards and great reviews, but whom I have yet to try; The Identity Man by Andrew Klavan (Corvus, £14.99) about a mysterious man who provides a petty criminal with a new identity; Indulgence in Death (Piatkus, £14.99), the nth of J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts)'s Eve Dallas series and one which I have long since stopped reading because the books are mildly diverting but all exactly the same as each other; The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke (Orion, £14.99) about his series character Detective Dave Robicheaux; and one or two others – including Best American Mystery Stories 2010, edited by Lee Child (Corvus, £16.99). All in all, I think I get off lightly in November, not least because there is no translated fiction in this list, so I can make some inroads into the piles of books I have already.