Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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NEW FICTION The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. Publisher: Quercus. Price: Hardback PS20, ebook PS5.99. THIS book may only just have been published in the UK, but chances are you've already heard quite a bit about it.

Joel Dicker's second novel has now been translated into English, but has already been a hit in his native French - so much so that Warner Bros have picked up the film rights, with a big-screen adaptation set to be directed by Ron Howard.

There are startling similarities between the plot and the reception to the book, almost as if Dicker had written his own success story.

Marcus is the hottest new thing on New York's literary scene, but when it comes time to submit his second novel, he's completely stumped for ideas.

An author retreat with his friend Harry Quebert, famous novelist and his former college lecturer, seems like the perfect antidote to writer's block, but when the 33-year-old murder case of a teenage girl is unearthed and Harry is put in the frame, Marcus begins a book he hopes will prove his mentor's innocence.

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The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons. Publisher: Century. Price: Hardback PS9.99, ebook PS3.99. THE Murder Bag is the gripping debut in a new series featuring single father Detective Max Wolf.

The novel opens on a group of public schoolboys carrying out the horrific rape and murder of a young girl. Years later, those boys have grown into some of the most powerful young men on the London scene. Detective Wolf begins a new role in the homicide division just as these men start being killed off.

Cleverly entrenched in the genre of the crime thriller, this book is a melting pot of action, dark humour and violence all undercut with Parson's trademark flashes of tender emotion.

Parson's attention to detail is also commendable - from a faithful reproduction of the only letter thought to be from the real Jack the Ripper, to descriptions of London at dawn, the intricacies of the novel embeds the reader in the reality of crime fighting in the capital.

The next book in the series is already billed for next year. So there will be plenty of opportunity to see just how Parsons develops this everyman detective as he dips his toe again into this tricky genre. …

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