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A Great Crime Author – Reginald Hill (1936-2012)

It came to my attention earlier this year that one of the most prolific and respected authors of crime fiction books has passed away. Reginald Hill was one of a select number of erudite

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Hot espionage writer Olen Steinhauer

Olen Steinhauer‘s latest espionage novel, The American Spy ends with the line “The question is, are you in or are you out”. This is the question that runs through his character’s psyche, for the

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James Lee Burke and American Literature

American mystery writer James Lee Burke has been a favourite Scorpion Press author. For some years a new book would appear by Jim, each with the customary appreciation by an author of note. For

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H R F Keating (1926 – 2011) and Scorpion Press

H R F Keating, crime writer, sage on the masters of crime fiction and friend to many of us passed away aged 84 in March 2011. Harry Keating was a great conversationalist on the history

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Spenser for Hire – Robert B Parker (1932 – 2010)

When I became a bookseller in the second half of the 1980s one of the biggest names of American crime fiction was Robert B Parker. Following the success of his fourth Spenser novel Promised

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CREOLE BELLE by James Lee Burke

A new book by James coming soon, reserve your copy now! read more...

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The Dizzy Talent of LIONEL DAVIDSON (1922-2009)

I have long been impressed with the crime and adventure thrillers of Lionel Davidson. When we came to publish Original Sins, the Crime Writers’ Association anthology edited Martin Edwards, he asked if I would

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Michael Dibdin Remembered

Michael Dibdin was a little underrated by the crime fiction fraternity because he was a bit of an outsider living much of the time abroad. As a person I liked him for his charm,

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Richard Ford – Literary Lion of mellow Crime Novels?

Richard Ford (born 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi) is no stranger to British readers, he has visited and done readings since he became known with The Sportswriter (1986) and the sequel, Independence Day (1995). The