The Preposterousness of Crime

I haven’t read any Jo Nesbo – it’s certainly not that I don’t want to, I just haven’t had time lately – but I think that on the basis of the film ‘Headhunters’ I’d like him, because ‘Headhunters’ is like a fun version of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’. I felt Stieg Larsson’s trilogy […]

The Long & The Short Of It

In the last few years bigger has come to mean better; longer films, larger food portions, BOGOFs, fatter books. But with the credit crunch as a wake-up call, this thinking has developed its opponents. It has made economic sense to consume larger amounts because we are simply being sold more, no matter that the price […]

It’s Gonna Be Murder!

National Crime Writing Week runs from June 13th to June 19th, 2011. It represents the best in crime fiction and non-fiction. During the week, members of the Crime Writers’ Association will be taking part in readings, discussions, readers’ group events and workshops in bookshops, libraries, arts centres and other venues all over the country. On […]

The Cheats’ Guide To Crime Movies

There comes a moment in ‘The Dark Knight’ when you realise you’ve been tricked into watching a different film. Batman has been given an impossible choice by the Joker. He can save the woman he loves, or the man who is Gotham’s only future hope. Suddenly you realise this isn’t a superhero movie at all, […]

The Ultimate Christmas Crime Gift

Generally I don’t recommend gift books, but this is far, far more. My good friend Barry Forshaw has spent many years on this astonishing two-volume set, and his love of the genre shows on every one of British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia’s 867 pages, featuring some 500 themed essays on British crime in all its […]