Thursday, 20 July 2017

A Game of Ghosts (The Charlie Parker Thriller Series) by John Connolly

Hardback:  It is deep winter.

The darkness is unending.

The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down.  Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.

Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings.  Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund's world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts.

A Game of Ghosts (2017) is the fifteenth and latest book in the formidable and fine Charlie Parker thriller series.

About the author:  John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968.  His debut, Every Dead Thing (1999), swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

Books To Die For, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards for Best Non-fiction.  He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.  He keeps a website and can be found on Facebook and on Twitter @jconnollybooks.

Rating:  5/5

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Right Book

Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister by Rosa Prince

Hardback:  Twenty days after Britain's dramatic vote to leave the European Union, with the government still reeling from the political aftershock, a new Prime Minister captured Downing Street. Few were more surprised by this unexpected turn of events than Theresa May herself.

David Cameron's sudden resignation unleashed a leadership contest like no other - and saw the showier rivals for his crown fall one by one with dizzying speed.

So how did the daughter of an Oxfordshire vicar rise to the top job with such ease?

In this fascinating biography, Rosa Prince explores the self-styled unflashy politician whose commitment to public service was instilled in her from childhood.

More than a decade after she warned stunned Conservatives of their 'nasty' image, May has become the champion of Middle England and, for the time being, united her riven party.

Theresa May:  The Enigmatic Prime Minister (2017) maps the rise of Britain's second female premier, a woman who had to fight against the odds to become an MP, who remained overlooked and undervalued during much of her time in Parliament, yet who went on to become a formidable Home Secretary and, now, the leader of her country as it faces its greatest challenge since the Second World War.

About the author:  Rosa Prince is the author of Theresa May:  The Enigmatic Prime Minister (Biteback, 2017), Comrade Corbyn: A Very Unlikely Coup:  How Jeremy Corbyn Stormed to the Labour Leadership (Biteback, 2016), and Standing Down:  Interviews with Retiring MPs (Biteback, 2015).

Born and raised in London, Rosa began her career in journalism at the Daily Mirror in 1997, where she covered major news stories at home and abroad before joining the parliamentary lobby in 2004. In 2007, she crossed the floor to the Daily Telegraph, where she became assistant political editor.

Part of the team that broke the 2010 expenses scandal, she also spent three years in New York as the Telegraph’s US correspondent.  She is now a freelance journalist and writer.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Thirst (Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbø

Hardback:  Harry Hole is back after four years of anticipation!

There is a new killer on the streets.  A woman is found murdered after an internet date.  The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.  Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there is only one man for the job.

But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him.  Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he is to finally catch the one who got away.

The Thirst (2017) is the latest and eleventh book in the gripping and first-class Harry Hole series.

It is translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith.

About the author:  Jo Nesbø played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen.  After three years' military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There').  Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.  When commissioned to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole thriller, The Bat (2012).  He is one of the world's leading crime writers, regularly topping the UK bestseller charts.

His novels are published in 50 languages and in 2017 Harry Hole will make his first appearance on the silver screen in a film adaptation of The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender.

About the translator:  Neil Smith gained a degree in Scandinavian studies at UCL and is the acclaimed translator of many crime novels in both Norwegian and Swedish.

Rating:  5/5

The EU Movement

Rising Frustration @ Brexit