Recommended Reads August 2020

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Dead Lions by Mick Herron

Jackson Lamb and his far-from- merry band of secret service cast-offs return for a second outing in Dead Lions. When a former spook is found dead on a bus, Jackson Lamb investigates. Dead Lions, like its predecessor Slow Horses, is a splendidly wry labyrinthine thriller stuffed-full of dark comedy, sharp observations and a brilliantly drawn cast of characters. Marvellous stuff.

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The Chain by Adrian McKinty

A teenage girl is kidnapped and her mother is forced to abduct another child in order to set her free. The Chain is a high-octane, high-concept sharp-as-a- whipcrack thriller that puts likeable, relatable people in a terrible situation. Massively enjoyable.

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Shamus Dust by Janet Rodger

An American private eye in post-war London investigates a murder and soon digs his way into high society’s grubby underbelly.  Shamus Dust is a beautifully written homage to the classic PI novel and is full of rich imagery and strong on atmosphere.

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First Shot by John Ryder

Former Royal Marine Grant Fletcher heads into America’s heartland to track down his friend’s missing daughter but the isolated small-town of Daversville has dark secrets. First Shot is lean and hard-hitting. It grips as tight as a corkscrew and is a terrific read.

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Snog, Marry, Murder by Zac Colbert

The hit reality TV show Snog, Marry, Swerve is preparing for its new series when one of the contestants is murdered. Production coordinator Charlotte Chaplin turns amateur sleuth in in this short, sharp and satirical black comedy. Cracking fun.