Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thriller Takes a Global Journey

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thriller Takes a Global Journey

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Fiction Bloodland by Alan Glynn is published as a paperback by Faber and Faber, priced pounds 12.99.

Best-selling Irish author Alan Glynn is garnering a reputation for unpredictable thrillers, and Bloodland is no exception.

Glynn's first novel, The Dark Fields, was recently adapted for the big screen and released as Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper.

There's no doubt that Bloodland could stand up to similar Hollywood treatment. It is a tightly plotted thriller set in Dublin, London, Verona, New York and the Congo and featuring everything from a dead tabloid celebrity to an alcoholic Irish ex-prime minister and a seemingly heroic wannabe US presidential candidate.

The guy who finds himself at the heart of it all is Jimmy Gilroy, an unemployed journalist who is definitely the star turn of this book. Occasionally the storyline is a little too dense to follow easily, but overall this is an absorbing read.

SANDRA MANGAN Flash And Bones by Kathy Reichs is published in hardback by William Heinemann, priced pounds 18.99.

If you haven't yet discovered feisty forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan - on hit TV show Bones or through one of Reichs's 11 bestselling novels - Flash And Bones is a great place to start. It's vintage Tempe; the Southern belle snaps out her usual one-liners as she deals with beaus past and present, a rising body count, missing bones and her beloved pet cat Birdie. When a corpse is found at a landfill site alongside the local NASCAR racing speedway just as a major tournament is about to start, the media whips up a frenzy. Trying to identify the gruesome remains, Tempe is accosted by a young race engineer who suspects it could be his missing sister. Then the FBI steps into confiscate the body - and it's clear they are hiding something. Broken into short, sharp chapters and told in a lively, diary-style narrative, the action moves as fast as the cars around the ill-fated speedway. …

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