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(...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)