The Reticent Executioner
A dystopian world deserves a dystopian detective, and London just got hers.
A female politician is shot dead in the capital. A talented detective, Kramer, is charged with leading the investigation; trouble is, he’s both much more – and a great deal less than mere cop. His brilliance is at least in part due to his skewed moral compass.
This is less whodunnit than whydunnit and a will-he-get-away-with it crime novel set in an England several years hence – a world of labour camps, capital punishment, mass deportations and imprisonment without trial.
Someone told me to read this after I went on about how good Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow was. This is better. It’s well written and intelligent but pacy. It’s set in London in the future and it’s as atmospheric as Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. I hope there are more Detective Kramer novels to come – Emma (Amazon Review)
Dark and compelling, this reminded me of 1984. I don’t want to give too much away but I read it in one sitting and I’m still reeling – Mark (GoodReads review)
Anthony Burgess always preferred the word cacatopia to dystopia, and it certainly describes the setting for this excellent thriller. The Party, “generously funded by two aged American billionaires with links to nationalist-religious zealots in a Near East pariah state” has gained power in England, and the country has descended into Big Brother tyranny with added ethnic cleansing and guillotines. Enter our anti-hero, a seedy detective who has his own ideas for fighting back. Very pacy, relevant, and keeps you guessing. More please. Ned (GoodReads review)
The Monkey House
Rosso is the detective inspector trying to find a brutal murderer in the heart of a Balkan city ravaged by war. He has learnt to take each day as it comes, with violence and death around every corner.
Luka is the local crime boss, intent on exploiting the misery of his city’s inhabitants while also providing the only means of defence they have left.
Tanja is the young woman loved, and set up, by both men and faced with an impossible conflict of loyalties.
Flett is the foreign reporter, a US citizen who hears and sees it all, partially protected by his job, but like the others, sucked into the mire that is Sarajevo, a battered but defiant capital torn apart by a civilisation that has turned on itself.
Absolutely ﬁrst-rate…shocking enough to steal the breath and bruise the heart…Too good to miss. — Literary Review