John Connolly is at his very best here: angry, polemical and compassionate. The Wolf in Winter is a brilliant performance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Discussing the challenges of maintaining interest in a long-running fictional detective, Dennis Lehane recently asked, “Have you ever heard any(...)

Police search a black youth in Notting Hill during race riots in 1958, subject of Laura Wilson’s The Riot. Photograph: Knoote/Getty Images

T he Double (Orion, €19.99) is the second novel from George Pelecanos to(...)

Crime writer Ian Rankin has written a novella inspired by the music of guitarist Rory Gallagher. The book is being published as part of a compilation (...)

Also known as: John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black

The prospect of getting a belt of the crozier was no small threat in 1950s Ireland, and the power wielded by the Catholic Church provides a sinister u(...)

No mercy: Lazzaro Baldi’s painting of killers attacking the repressive Roman emperor Domitian. Photograph: Galleria Spada/De Agostini/Getty Images

They were a crafty lot, the Romans, when it came to building dynasties, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lindsey Davis’s latest (...)

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