Ralph Mcallister says people who don’t read crime novels often ask him where the appeal lies.
He explains: ‘Rather than entering a debate yet again with my friends, here are four new examples of the genre, read in the first weeks of 2020,which might persuade you if you need persuading that millions of people cannot all be wrong.
First,Australia and Chris Hammer in a follow up to his terrifying SCRUBLANDS .
SILVER has Martin revisiting his childhood Port Silver where he hopes to begin a new life with his partner the feisty Mandy.
Problem is, no sooner do they start to settle in than she is accused of murder.
The treacherous outback of SCRUBLANDS gives way to the threatening landscape of coastal Queensland.
The plot is fast and intricate and if you are into maps and mystery, this might just be for you.
Michael Connelly’s latest
Michael Connelly, in what might be his 30th book, THE NIGHT FIRE, brings back an aging retired Bosch, complete with walking stick and a new partner
Ballard, as they try to solve two cases, one cold and the other immediate and very bloody.
Is this writer ever going to falter?
Not with me.
THREE HOURS by Roslund and Hellstrom is the third in a series which started with THREE SECONDS, then THREE MINUTES, both major best sellers, first in their native Sweden and then worldwide.
A dark and deeply upsetting story which opens with a container being opened near Stockholm to reveal 73 refugees’ bodies, reunites Ewert Grens and Piet Hoffman as they discover that the perpetrators of this heinous crime may be Swedish.
Not for the faint hearted but a gripping and relentless page turner.
Sadly Borge Hellstrom died last year so this unique partnership has ended.
A promising young Irish writer
Finally, THE SCHOLAR by Dervla McTiernan is a follow up on her first best selling THE RUIN, this time detective Cormac Reilly is yet again in trouble with authority, his friends and brutal murders which involve his girl friend Emma.
This young Irish writer promises a third novel this year.
I await it impatiently.