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Whiteout by Ragnar Jonasson @OrendaBooks @RagnarJonasson @AnneCater #Whiteout #Blogtour #Guestpost

Source: Review Copy  

Publication: 1st November 2017 by Orenda Books

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead
beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she
jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the
lighthouse and the old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With
winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason
discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty five years earlier.

As the dark history and the secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjördur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place. Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.

Today I am delighted to welcome the lovely and talented Ragnar Jonasson to my blog. Ragnar’s latest book in his Dark Iceland – Ari Thor detective series, Whiteout, is published this month by the brilliant Orenda Books.

I’ve adored all the books in this series so far, and Whiteout is no exception. So much so that I could not resist asking Ragnar to sign a copy for me when we met at Bloody Scotland this year. In fact, one of the many highlights of the festival was listening to Ragnar explaining exactly how to pronounce Siglufjördur and then watching as we tried and failed….

As readers of Ragnar’s work will know, the Icelandic landscape plays an important part in contributing to the atmosphere of this Dark Iceland series. Today, Ragnar enlightens us on another aspect of Icelandic culture and language which is also shaped by the landscape.

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Þetta reddast – a phrase you need to know before visiting Iceland

Being an Icelandic writer I often get asked about Iceland. This is understandable as Iceland is remote and different in many ways.

Nature plays a great role in our everyday lives and shapes our mentality and personality. We can expect a volcano to erupt any time or avalanches or snow blizzards to lock us in. Uncertainty is always looming over our shoulders.

We even have a classic phrase in Icelandic “Þetta reddast” which means everything will come together in the end, most often in the very last minute. That things will work out in the end, one way or the other.

Some people are of course more organized than others, and this “Þetta reddast” mentality can therefore sometimes cause friction, but the funny thing is that there is usually some order in the chaos.

So, if you get the reply from an Icelander, “Þetta reddast”, that means end of story. You are not supposed to ask how, who or when. Just put faith in the cosmic atmosphere.

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I have certainly put my faith in this Icelandic writer and I have never yet been disappointed!

You can buy Whiteout, translated by Quentin Bates, here: Orenda Books       Amazon        Waterstones

About Ragnar Jonasson

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.
His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after
publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting
the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 18
countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he
continues to work as a lawyer. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14
Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels
worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

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Killing State by Judith O’Reilly @judithoreilly @annecater #killingstate

 

Source: Review copy

Publication: Loughman Press 6 Nov. 2017

 

The bullet in his brain isn’t the problem. She is.

Michael North is a hero, with a bullet in the brain to prove it. A bullet which has rewired his neural pathways and heightened his sense of intuition. A bullet which is driving him mad. Working for an extra-governmental agency called The Board, North knows one thing for sure. He is very good at killing very bad guys. But what happens when a hero is ordered to kill a good woman rather than a bad man? Because it turns out that rising political star, Honor Jones, MP, can’t stop asking the right questions about the wrong people.

He should follow orders.

Shouldn’t he?

 

Killing State is certainly a worrying action thriller for our times. Michael North is our protagonist, young, good looking, but walking around with a death sentence quite literally in his head. Prone to blinding headaches as a result of the bullet in his brain which is simply too dangerous for surgeons to remove, North also has flashes of extreme empathy or intuition, which leads him to believe he knows what someone he is in physical proximity to is thinking or has been through.

It’s not an intuition he trusts entirely, and it doesn’t drive his decision making, but occasionally it comes in useful.

When we meet him he is scoping out his current target. Knowing that might die at any point, he has accepted a commitment to work on behalf of his country, ‘neutralising’ enemies of the state discreetly and covertly.

But in this scenario, it is not enough to accept that you are one of the good guys, because right and wrong are difficult and shifting concepts, and whose side you are on can change from day to day.

This is Britain edging closer to totalitarian government; a Britain where even the army is newly privatised and where working out who the good guys are is harder than it should be.

So when his target turns out to be Honor Jones MP, he hesitates. Because Honor is also one of the good guys, isn’t she?

With echoes of Jack Reacher (loner, acute moral compass) and Michael Dobbs’ House of Cards trilogy, (politics, backstabbing, intrigue) Killing State is a riveting and action packed thriller which works because it is plausible in an implausible world.

Nothing is straightforward as North struggles to work out whether there is anyone he can trust and in the end his ally is a young Chinese girl called Fang Fang whom he is forced to rely on in order to unravel the mysteries with which he is confronted.

I particularly enjoyed this thriller because it has a range of strong women characters from Honor, the ambitious politician to Jess, Fang Fang and the just out of reach Peggy, a brilliant scientist and staunch friend.

Along the way, too many people will die and North will be left wondering who, if anyone he can trust.

Killing State is an impressive high octane thriller with a protagonist you’ll undoubtedly want to hear more from.

 

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About Judith O’Reilly

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Judith is a former lobby correspondent, a former political producer with BBC 2’s Newsnight and ITN’s Channel 4 News, and a former education correspondent with The Sunday Times where she also covered politics, undercover reporting and general news. She still writes for The Sunday Times

Her two non-fiction books, Wife in the North and A Year of Doing Good were both published by Viking Penguin. Wife in the North (2008) reached number three in theUK bestsellers’ chart and was in the top ten for five weeks. It was also a top ten bestseller in Germany. It sold into ten countries, was serialised by The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and was based on Judith’s eponymous blog which was named as one of the top 100 blogs in the worl by The Sunday Times.

Judith’s blog is credited with kicking off the popularity of domestic blogging in the UK. For A Year of Doing Good, she did a good deed a day for a year. It did not make her a better person. She has taught memoir and blogging at Newcastle University, and occasionally advises on strategic communications.

Most of all though, she writes and drinks tea. Occasionally, she shakes things up and drinks covfefe.

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Freefall by Adam Hamdy @adamhamdy @headlinepg

Source: Netgalley

Publication: Headline 2 Nov. 2017

JOHN WALLACE IS A TARGET

Hiding off-grid after exposing the shadowy Pendulum conspiracy, Wallace is horrified to discover he is still marked for death.

 THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE HE CAN TRUST

DI Patrick Bailey is still reeling from the murder investigation that nearly cost him his life.

FBI Agent Christine Ash is hunting a serial killer with a link to an unfinished case

 

HE MUST FIND THE TRUTH

The death of a London journalist triggers an investigation that brings them back together, hurling them into the path of an unknown enemy.

 

BEFORE THE KILLER FINDS HIM

Hunted across the world, they are plunged into a nightmare deadlier than they could have ever imagined.

This book is Part 2 of a three part trilogy – the first book being Pendulum. If you want to read this fast paced, all-action trilogy, then you must start with Pendulum.

As we join Freefall, eight months after confronting the serial killer Pendulum, photo-journalist John Wallace is losing himself in a dangerous tribal war in Afghanistan in an  attempt to get over the loss of his love, Connie following his part in the Pendulum affair. But an attempt on his life and those of his Afghani travelling companions suggests he may still be a target. Though unsure how much he wants to resist death, Wallace is horrified by the killing around him and in tracking down the killers, he discovers a link to his nemesis, Pendulum.

The link is the missing piece of a puzzle that has tormented FBI Agent Christine Ash ever since they confronted Pendulum, but with the FBI now considering the case as closed, she has been unable to get any further. Wallace’s proof offers a break in the case, but it is a break that exposes them to terrible danger and throws both of them headlong into a global conspiracy that will have devastating repercussions.

These two protagonists are both severely damaged from their first encounter with Max Byrne /Pendulum as is our third protagonist, Detective Patrick Bailey.  Bailey has turned to drink to cope with impact of his shooting in the last Pendulum encounter. Christine Ash is haunted by a deeply traumatic childhood in a cult that has made trust difficult for her and has caused her personality to become quite fragile under her outwardly fierce countenance.

For Bailey, the re-entry starts with the supposed suicide of a mother and journlist in London. It is the start of an investigation that will throw him straight back into the clutches of his darkest enemies and force him once again to rely on both his wits and his friends to stay in front of the game.

Together these three embark on the second stage of their white knuckle, roller-coaster ride that is the Freefall conspiracy.

This is a suspense-filled thriller that is relentless in its action and provides surprise after surprise as our protagonists have to cope with attacks and onslaughts that lead to more and more intense, tension fuelled moments and an avalanche of death and destruction.

It is, at times, hard to believe all that these characters have to go through and a certain amount of suspension of disbelief is inevitable, just as it is in a Bond film, which is what Freefall reminded me of.

Hamdy never lets up on the action or the pressure on his characters and Freefall has no fairytale ending as the Freefall conspiracy seeks to harness technology for its own dominant purposes.

In fact, the conclusion of this book leaves us wondering quite what is going to happen next – I’m just hoping that it will not be too long before I find out!

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About Adam Hamdy

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Adam Hamdy is an author, screenwriter and filmmaker who has worked with studios and producers on both sides of the Atlantic. Adam is currently writing Oracle, an original drama series, for the BBC, and is developing To Kill A Shadow, a crime thriller, with See-Saw Films. In addition to his own original work, Adam has adapted a number of comic books and novels for the screen, including the forthcoming film version of David Mitchell’s novel, Number9Dream.

Prior to becoming a writer, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses operating in a wide range of industries.

Adam’s first novel, Out Of Reach, was published by Dare in 2015. His second, Pendulum, was published by Headline in November 2016.

Days after Pendulum’s​ release, the screen rights were snapped up by Tom Hardy’s production company, Hardy Son & Baker.

@AdamHamdy

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Rocco and the Nightingale by Adrian Magson @DavidHHeadley @AdrianMagson1 #viverocco

Source: Review copy          Publication: Dome Press  19th October 2017

When a minor Paris criminal is found stabbed in the neck on a country lane in Picardie it looks like another case for Inspector Lucas Rocco. But instead he is called off to watch over a Gabonese government minister, hiding out in France following a coup. Meanwhile, Rocco discovers that there is a contract on his head taken out by an Algerian gang leader with a personal grudge against him.

I’m delighted to be on the blogtour for Rocco and the Nightingale. I do enjoy the Inspector Lucas Rocco books. Rocco and the Nightingale is the fifth in the series and can easily be read as a stand-alone. If you’ve not read the series before, I can recommend the books.

Set in 1960’s France, Rocco is a Parisian detective who has been uprooted from his urban crime fighting area in Clichy and sent, as part of a nationwide political initiative to broaden police operations, to the small rural village of Poissons-Les-Marais in Picardie.

There he finds that his superior officer, Police Commissaire Francois Massin, is his former Army Commanding Officer. The two men don’t have much of a relationship, stemming back to their time in the army in Indochina which has led to an atmosphere of mutual distrust.

Though based in Amiens and out of the urban loop, Rocco never quite seems to be able to escape the political machinations of the centre and his job is always being impacted by one political decision or another.

Rocco has settled into his life in the northern France. His neighbours all know him and he is becoming an accepted part of the community. It has not taken him long to realise that this area has its fair share of violence and that the crime rate is higher than he had anticipated.

In Rocco and the Nightingale Rocco has just begun to investigate the death of JoJo Vieria, a minor league criminal from Paris whose body was found in a country lane in the mists and marshlands of Picardie.  JoJo, unbeknownst to Rocco had, in fact, been looking for the Inspector, but his life was cut short before he could achieve his aim.

Later that day, he hears from his old friend and ex-boss, Captain Michel Santer that an Algerian gangster has taken out a contract on Lucas’ life. Lakhdar Farek is building up his criminal empire and has vowed revenge on Rocco, whom he blames for the killing of his brother, Samir.

But while Rocco is trying to take in what this means and is pondering whether to tell Massin, he finds Massin waiting for him at the stationhouse together with a stranger, who turns out to be Gerard Monteo from the Interior Ministry. Monteo tasks him with the job of babysitting and bodyguarding Bouanga, a recently deposed Gabonese Government Minister.

This, of course, offers plenty of scope for Magson to weave the threads of these three crimes together as Rocco finds himself on the trail of the notorious killer known as The Nightingale.

There’s action and adventure as the lovely but lone figure of Rocco struggles to deal with the murky internal politics of both the Police force and the Interior Ministry as more deaths and other untoward incidents occur. This series works because Rocco is clearly a good man, intent on ensuring justice while trying to keep people safe, and despite the bureaucracy that he has to fight at every turn.

Rocco is gentle and caring, while underneath there is a core of steel. The depiction of rural French life is balm to the soul and complements the way in which Rocco is adapting to his new environment.

Which makes it all the more difficult, when, at the end of the book, Rocco is offered a choice. Whether or not he will take it will determine the future of this series. Personally, I hope he doesn’t. This is a series that has slowly grown on me and that I have come to appreciate for the quality of the writing and the gentle, relaxing atmosphere it engenders, even through the deaths, the chases and the action.

 

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About Adrian Magson

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Adrian Magson is the author of the Harry Tate novels, the Lucas Rocco novels, and the Marc Portman novels. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, and has been short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger and the East Midlands Book Awards. Adrian writes two regular columns for Writing Magazine and regularly reviews for Shots Magazine.

Visit him online at www.adrianmagson.com.

Follow him on Twitter: @adrianmagson1

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The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston @orendabooks @antti_tuomainen #themanwhodied

Source: Review copy     Publication:  Orenda Books on 10th October 2017

A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him.

Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists.

With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir.

 

You get a small sense of what The Man Who Died is going to be like by reading the disclaimer at the front which states ‘The author has taken considerable artistic licence with regard to geographical, medical, temporal and natural scientific details. In all other respects this story is factually correct.’

This book is first and foremost, very funny. All the way through it provokes wide smiles, wry smiles and some laugh out loud moments – there’s a particularly good moment when our protagonist Jaakko bonds with a hotel receptionist over a printer.

Antti, who is himself quite a smiley chap, really pulls out all the stops here to make The Man Who Died a witty, irreverent and beautifully comic crime thriller set in the  mushroom industry in Finland.

From the first page I knew I was hooked and I loved every minute of it. Tuomainen writes so brilliantly and utterly without pomposity so that his biting, black wit sits very well on top of his rather bewildered dying protagonist.

This book is about Jaakko Mikael Kaunismaa, a middle- aged mushroom farmer in rural Finland who finds out one day that the stomach condition he thought he had is in fact a symptom of the fact that over a considerable period he has slowly been poisoned and is now irretrievably dying.

Whilst being a great read and very funny, there is also a classic absurdity to the tale. Jaakko, having heard that his condition is incurable, decides that his only option is to establish who can have done this to him. He wants to think about what it means to be dying, but in fact his mind keeps slipping over to more mundane matters, like shopping lists and how to take his business to the next level.

So he sets out to unmask the perpetrators and what he learns causes him to re-evaluate both his closest relationships and his business.

I can absolutely see why the blurb references the Coen Brothers Fargo; there’s a spice and a bite in Tuomainen’s writing style that makes the bizarre and absurd events feel like they make perfect sense when you are reading them.

I’m not going to reprise the plot, because all you need to know is that this is a terrific read and a literary bobby dazzler.

I’d also pay tribute to the translator, David Hackston. Satirical comedy is really difficult to nuance in translation, and throughout this book what I heard was Antti’s voice coming through, which is what every translation should strive to achieve for the author, and this one succeeds in spades.

Honestly, buy it, read it, give it to people you like. It’s fantastic.

 

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About Antti Tuomainen

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Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter when he made his
literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper
was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award.

The Finnish press labelled The Healer – the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki – ‘unputdownable’. Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published.
The Mine, published in 2016, was an international bestseller. All of his books have been
optioned for TV/film. With his piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and The Man Who Died sees him at his literary best.

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Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly @Connellybooks @orion_crime

Source: Netgalley      Publication: Orion on 31 October 2017

Harry Bosch works cold cases as a volunteer for the San Fernando police department when he’s called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and that there’s new evidence which proves it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.

The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire, and Bosch learns that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

There’s always a frisson of excitement for me when a new Harry Bosch book comes out and this time was no different. I love the Harry Bosch character; that mixture of world weary seen-it-all cop and yet slightly idealistic for all that, as he vigorously pursues the cause of justice.

In the 20th in the series, Harry is involved in three cases. One is a cold case he is investigating involving the disappearance and suspected murder of a young woman named Esmeralda Tavares, a young mother who vanished, leaving behind her sleeping baby in a crib.

As he is following up on this cold case, he receives a visit from his former partner, Lucia Soto, alongside her current partner, Bob Tapscott and Alex Kennedy, the Deputy D.A. of Los Angeles. It soon becomes clear that the D.A.’s office is planning to re-open one of Harry’s old cases, one where he knows he caught the killer and put the right man behind bars. Newly discovered evidence means Preston Borders, a killer he put on death row thirty years ago, could be freed.

Borders and his lawyer claim Bosch planted key evidence and it soon becomes clear that if Harry wants to clear his name, he is going to have to do it on his own.

But first he is called out on a shooting to a local San Fernando drug store where a father and son have both been shot dead. As a result of enquiries made into this killing Harry goes undercover to expose the gangland world of prescription drug selling.

The plotlines slowly begin to mesh together in a way that surprises and shocks as Harry fights to save both his life and then his reputation.

There are intimations of mortality throughout this book. Harry is getting older and though able to take care of himself, he is less fit than he used to be and his thoughts whilst living in extremely dangerous conditions are all about the inheritance he can leave for his daughter.

As Harry pursues his cases, violent confrontations are never far away and he earns the respect of his colleagues as he relentlessly pursues the truth.

Meanwhile, as the D.A. builds his case and seeks to free the killer Bosch has put away, Bosch enlists the help of his half-brother Micky Haller, to help him defend his reputation.

(There’s a lovely piece in the book where Haller adopts the accent used by Matthew McConoughey when playing Haller, which just made me laugh out loud).

Working together, Haller and Bosch are quite a team, but as ever there’s still that adversarial edge to their relationship which means that they will never entirely play nice with each other.

As the story reaches its conclusion, there’s a quote from the book that sums up Harry and his experience.

Bosch knew there were two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that was the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and moulded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.’

A terrific read, which had me gripped from first to last, this book was never less than compelling.

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About Michael Connelly

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.

Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael’s novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff – #Huntress 5

Source: Netgalley     

Publication: Thomas and Mercer on 24th October 2017

Revenge has no limits.

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted . . .

I am a massive fan of the Huntress books. If you haven’t read them, I urge you to do so, but read them from the start, as they benefit from being read in order. The last book, Bitter Moon, which I adored, told Cara Lindstrom’s story almost from the beginning and the reader now has a much rounder feel for Cara, what drives her and why.

This is something that Special Agent Roarke now also understands only too well. Cara has taken his moral compass and turned it on its head until he is barely hanging on to it. The relationship between Roarke and Lindstrom isn’t quite symbiotic, but they are inextricably linked and where one goes, the other is bound to follow.

A female serial killer isn’t totally unheard of – Chelsea Cain’s Gretchen Lowell springs to mind, but in the Huntress series Alexandra Sokoloff has created a female serial killer whose rationale is readily understood and where the feminist perspective is very strong.

The blend of murder and mysticism is an alluring one and in Hunger Moon, the spiritualism helps to lift the actions of Cara and others to another plane.  I have always enjoyed the very real sense of repressed rage in Lindstrom; the cold and steadfastly calculating way in which Sokoloff has her go after her prey – never without reason, always with a plan; yet nothing prepared me for the hissing, crackling anger that burns through this book.
It is the fusing of fact and fiction that gives this novel its bite and if you are not just as angry as me by the end, I will be astonished. Sokoloff never shies away from citing  very hard facts and this book is full of terrible, hateful truths that you hope you never have to face, but know that unless you do, you will not stand up to be counted.

Hunger Moon is set in the era of Trump’s Presidency; an America which now, more than ever, is polarising not only its own people but across the world.

Sokoloff does not miss and hit the wall with her writing. This Presidency is shown to be impacting on everything that happens. Early on in the book Roarke is frustrated by his boss’s priorities. ‘If the Bureau is so concerned with cyber-terrorism, where was it during the election, when democracy was being hacked by a totalitarian power? He thought it, but didn’t say it. It was one of the ongoing questions of the new world order.’

In Hunger Moon, the focus, as you might expect, is on the impact on women. Hunger Moon references the massive and peaceful Women’s Marches following the U.S. Presidential election and the President’s own attitude to women which has allowed if not encouraged hostility to women to foster and grow.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the fear faced by Roarke’s colleague, Singh, a computer specialist who left India in part to be free of a culture that fails to condemn rape. Every day, Singh trawls the web for the trolls who post vile racist, sexist and violent abuse directed at women in an attempt to silence their voices. As Singh observes: ‘These trolls have only been emboldened by the ascension of the ultimate troll; a sexual predator now determining national policy.’ If that observation does not make you shiver, nothing will.

This Huntress book is again brilliantly paced – a real can’t-put-it-down read, made all the more compelling by having it firmly rooted in reality and drawing on observations of privilege.

As a crime story it sings out loud and proud, though there is blood and savage behaviour aplenty –  these books are not for the weak hearted.

By the end of this story I wanted to stand up and shout ‘We are all Cara’, though I’m pretty positive that when it comes down to it I’m probably more Roarke.

A terrific read. Very highly recommended.

About Alexandra Sokoloff

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Alex is the Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated and Thriller Award-winning author of the Thriller Award-nominated HUNTRESS MOON crime series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, WOLF MOON), the HAUNTED supernatural thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, and THE SPACE BETWEEN), and the non-fiction workbooks SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog.

As a screenwriter Alex has sold original suspense and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, west (the screenwriters’ union) and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America. She is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theatre and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. She now splits her time between Los Angeles and Scotland, where she lives with the Scottish noir author Craig Robertson. In her spare time (!) she performs with Heather Graham’s all-author Slush Pile Players, and is of course one of the all author Slice Girls. She is also very active on Facebook. But not an addict. No, seriously, it’s under control.

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