Marlon James: has become the first Jamaican writer to carry off the award – with   his third work. Photograph: PA

There is nothing brief about this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; nor is there the death count anywhere as low as the title suggest(...)

Photograph: Fergal Phillips

He’s the self-proclaimed “demon dog” of American fiction, the foul-mouthed writer with the lurid past whose lightning-paced, viscerally plotted novels(...)

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, one of a series of fictional murderers imitated by a serial killer in Pierre Lemaitre’s Irène

Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex earned rave reviews last year, not least for the way Lemaitre rework(...)

In 2008, the gun that was used to kill John F Kennedy’s assassin was auctioned off as part of “a pop culture collection”. Other items included the (...)