Crime books round-up – March 2012
Doug Johnstone, Alex Gray and Mari Jungstedt deliver new crime novels this month
As if to show that fiction readers love a good bit of murder and mystery, death and deceit, blood and booze, there’s acres of it about to be scattered around the nation’s book shelves. Doug Johnstone (of this parish) parks his Hit and Run (Faber) at our door, delivering a tale about a tanked-up journo who accidentally runs a man over, leaving him for dead. The next day he discovers that he’ll be writing up the story for his local paper and, curses, the deceased just so happened to be a big-time crime-lord.
Alex Gray returns with her latest DCI Lorimer case, A Pound of Flesh (Sphere), in which two serial killers appear to be simultaneously stalking the streets of Glasgow. No crime fiction round-up would be complete without something of a Scandic nature, and so here comes Mari Jungstedt with Dark Angel (Doubleday) in which a party planner is found slain at one of his own events.
If you prefer your crime-reading to be of the ‘true’ nature, then there are a couple of fascinating/tragic tomes upcoming. Billed as the definitive account of the brutal rise and dramatic fall of the most powerful mobster since Al Capone, Gotti (Ebury) was a US bestseller by Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci, two experts on the organised crime game. Perhaps the most sombre publication of the spring will be John Kercher’s Meredith (Hodder) as he speaks out for the first time about the agony of losing his daughter who was murdered in Perugia in 2007.