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The bloggers who write weekly essays for International Crime Authors Reality Check are crime fiction novelist.

We all have new books. Our publishers have made 5 copies available for readers who will commit to reviewing one of them. If you are interested, drop us a note at: webmaster@internationalcrimeauthors.com

The idea is for you as readers of our essays to review one of our books for Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing, etc.

Reviewers still are the best way to make readers aware of a book.

We think we have written some fine crime fiction in the last year. And we hope that you will agree.

 

Barbara Nadel

Body Count’ is the latest in Barbara Nadel’s Inspector Ikmen Istanbul set series. When a local eccentric is found decapitated in the run down district of Tarlabasi, it is hoped that this is just an horrific one off crime. But when another murder is detected in another part of the city exactly one month later, Inspector Cetin Ikmen begins to fear that the golden city on the Bosphorus may by hiding a serial killer within its narrow streets.

Set against a background of 2012 paranoia and a growing passion for the Ottoman imperial past, ‘Body Count’ mixes death, superstition, sex and strong echoes from a previous age with a unique and fascinating cast of characters.

Barbara Nadel’s publisher, Headline, has agreed to send 5 review copies of readers who wish to read and review the book. The review can be for Goodreads, amazon, etc. If you wish a complimentary review copy, please email us your name and mailing address.

 

Christopher G. Moore

The Marriage Tree is the 14th novel in the Vincent Calvino. The setting is Bangkok.  Calvino discovers the body of a dead woman while jogging in a Bangkok park. Investigating her murder leads him into the underground network assisting Rohingya refugees to escape from slavery and repression. Powerful forces are behind the human trafficking and not even Calvino’s long-time friend and protector, Colonel Pratt can intervene on his behalf once he crosses the line.

The novel is set in a world of oligarch where connections, money and influence are the winning poker hand in the on-going high stakes game played out in Thailand. The Marriage Tree combines Eastern and Western spirituality as Calvino takes a psychological trip through the landmines of living in a different culture.

“The plight of the Rohingya refugees has been documented many times, but never dramatised like this…. [W]hen a novelist brings his powers of description and sense of empathy to bear on such a subject, the wholehearted tragedy of these crimes against humanity hits home in a powerful way. The opening is riveting … The plotting is taut and the pacing sharp.”
–Jim Algie, The Nation

The Marriage Tree is a top tier crime novel set in a top tier city, Bangkok, to be enjoyed by crime fiction readers everywhere.”
–Kevin Cummings, Chiang Mai City News

“For those who have ‘met’ Vinny before, you will know what to expect – a fast, racy and very believable plot with excellent dialogue and several twists in the tail and set in the Bangkok we all know, with many recognizable landmarks.
–Lang Reid, Pattaya Mail

Fear and Loathing in Bangkok is my third volume of essays. The essays are a selection drawn from my weekly Friday blog and re-edited for publication. TV images and news reports of demonstrations, deaths, demands and chaos in Thailand make Moore’s essays in Fear and Loathing in Bangkok a timely book. These are essays to read at this vital crossroads in Thai political development. The essays will deepen your understanding of what makes Thailand a special and unique country.

Politics can’t be judged in isolation. Moore provides a context ranging from the petty local and foreign criminals and to the workings of the often quixotic law enforcement system. Murder, organized crime, greed and shadowy corporations reveal the half-hidden world of Thailand.

In an age of anger and fear, the culture of non-confrontation and smiles is going through a rocky ride. These essays take you along the bumpy road of ghosts, criminals, illegal migrants, and false prophets. The essays on crime fiction and on writing explore noir, chance, muses, and ideas–the ingredients of Moore’s successful Vincent Calvino crime novel series.

Fear and Loathing in Bangkok contains nine parts.

Part 1: Where the Wild Things Are
Part 2: Criminal Justice System, Thai-Style
Part 3: Crimes without Borders
Part 4: Culture and Justice
Part 5: Government, Crime and Technology
Part 6: Anger and Fear
Part 7: Brain Games
Part 8: On Crime Fiction
Part 9: On Writing

 

Quentin Bates

My latest book is Cold Steal, and this time it’s an e-book only, so it’s only available from Amazon. That’s here if you’re in the UK or here for US readers. Canadian readers can find it here. For some reason, maybe because of the Iceland link, but probably because Canadians are people of the finest taste and discernment, my books seem to do well there, although I get very little feedback from that part of the world.

It’s the fourth full-length novel in the Gunnhildur series. An exceptionally skilful burglar has been breaking into houses and leaving no traces, working so carefully that his victims often don’t realise they’ve been robbed until weeks afterwards. The killing of a businessman in the summer cottage he keeps for getting to know his secretary better, with all the hallmarks of a professional murder, means that all of the force’s attention is needed. Gunna is part of this new investigation, tasked with looking into the dead man’s background and murky business affairs. Then one night the burglar breaks into the wrong house and finds himself facing someone far more ruthless, who decides he can use the hapless housebreaker’s skills; and that’s about all I can say without giving away any spoilers.

I can supply a handful of electronic copies of Cold Steal to readers who are happy to review them.

Then there’s an e-novella featuring Gunnhildur that should be out sometime this summer. It’s called Summerchill. I heard a reviewer talking about Nordic crime fiction a while ago, commenting that it always seems to be set in the dead of winter. I could think of a few that aren’t set in midwinter, but it prompted me to set this story at the height of summer, hence the title.

There are a few events coming up, including Bloody Scotland, held in the city of Stirling in September. I’ll be appearing on an Iceland-themed panel with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson on Sunday 21st September.

The comes my own project, Iceland Noir of which I’m one of the co-organisers along with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson and Lilja Sigurðardóttir. This takes place at the Nordic House in Reykjavík in November, kicking off on the 20th with the annual reading evening run by Hið íslenska glæpafélag (the Icelandic Crime Syndicate) which traditionally takes place on a Thursday evening. The venue for that has yet to be confirmed, but it’ll be a at a bar in the city. Then there are two full days of panels and readings on the 21st and 22nd at the Nordic House. A trip to the Snæfellsnes peninsula is planned for the Sunday, to the area where Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s book My Soul to Take is set, with Yrsa herself as the tour guide.

 

Jarad Henry

Jarad Henry has worked in justice system for 15 years and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars across Australia. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has built a popular profile, working with international best sellers such as Michael Connolly, Jeffery Deaver, Christopher G Moore, Ian Rankin, Michael Robotham, Tara Moss and many others.

Jarad’s debut novel, Head Shot, is themed around police corruption and organised crime in modern Australia. It was short listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Ned Kelly Best First Novel.

His second novel, Blood Sunset, focuses on the sex industry in St Kilda and the issue of child abuse. It won the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Jim Hamilton Award, was short listed for the National Vogel Award and Readers Choice and translated to German in 2010.

Pink Tide is his third novel, a powerful story inspired by true events that will question both your faith in the criminal justice system and human decency itself.

His books are available through Amazon / Kindle or through the publishers direct via the following links:

http://www.scholarly.info/book/284/

http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781741754209

www.jaradhenry.com.au

 

Colin Cotterill

Ethel and Joan

To celebrate the life, every woman should wish for a talented novelist son such as Colin Cotterill. We’ve seen movies like Thelma & Louise and read books like Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, which follow the exploits of women in search of meaning and fulfillment. But nothing you’ve seen or read will prepare you for Ethel and Joan, two English women, who take Thailand by storm. They had been married (at different times) to the same man. They became best friends.

Ethel and Joan were two elderly ladies, who when most people wish to stay at home and tend their garden, set off on the road of self-discovery and adventure in Southeast Asia. This is their story.

A gentle beauty unfolds as we enter their world laced with charm, humor and self-discovery. What son couldn’t adore a mother who talked with a bar girl and who told her son, “It doesn’t matter what she does for a living. That’s just society that decides what’s proper and what’s not. It’s the person that counts.” Ethel and Joan aren’t with us any more. This book is a testament to their humanity, love of life, and true-grit. They’re continuing their spiritual journey and souvenir shopping in another dimension. We promise one thing: this book and these two ladies will stay with you forever.

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