Jeff Noon

Midwinter murders: the best Christmas thrillers

9 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s difficult to keep a crime series going after 11 books but Boris Akunin manages it well in All the…

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…

A Tokyo police procedural with a brilliant twist

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The plot of Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four begins in 1989, with the murder of Shoko, a seven-year-old girl. Fourteen years…

Riots and gang warfare provide the spark for the best latest thrillers

9 April 2016 9:00 am

All it takes is a spark. In her compelling new thriller, Ten Days (Canongate, £14.99), Gillian Slovo tracks the progress…

Liars, stalkers and snipers populate in the latest crime novels

30 January 2016 9:00 am

We fully expect con artists to be caught in a sting themselves, but even with that thought constantly in mind…

Sins of the past haunt the latest crime fiction

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s often the case that present-day crimes have their roots in the past. Ian Rankin’s Even Dogs in the Wild…

When escape to the sun — or even to Devon — goes horribly wrong

7 November 2015 9:00 am

A character in Sophie Hannah’s A Game for All the Family (Hodder, £14.99, pp. 432) presents a theory: ‘Mysteries are…

From conspiracy to childhood secrets: a choice of recent crime fiction

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The act of reading always involves identification: with the story, the characters, the author’s intentions. Renée Knight takes this concept…

Murder in a black Texas Arcadia

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Mystery fans and writers are always looking for new locations in which murder can take place. Attica Locke has an…

The best new crime novels (and a rule for enjoying them)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I have a rule: to ignore the prologue of a crime novel, especially if it’s printed in italics and written…