Crime Fiction Authors, Murder Mystery Books, Thriller Novel Reviews & True Crime at Tangled Web - Publisher Heinemann 03 April-June
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New Crime & Mystery Fiction Titles From Heinemann April-June 03

Luther Blissett Q Published May 2003 by Heinemann at £12.99 ISBN: 0434010006 Tweet This Book

An international cult phenomenon, an ambitious, brilliant, angry historical novel, written by four young Italian writers, and a bestseller across Europe.
Set in Reformation Europe, Q begins with Luther's nailing of his 95 theses on the door of the cathedral church in Wittenberg, tracing the adventures and conflicts of its two central characters, an Anabaptist, a member of the most radical of the Protestant sects, the anarchists of the Reformation, and a Catholic spy and informer, as they travel across Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Reminiscent by turns of James Ellroy and Umberto Eco, the four young writers who shelter behind the pseudonym Luther Blissett have created a world of intrigue, violence and intense political and religious passion. Far from the traditional historical novel, Q is the stuff of which cults are made.

Praise for Q:
'As brilliant as it is masterly, this adventure story marries the populist verve of the spy novel with political reflections on the wars of religion... magisterially achieved.' Le Monde
Luther Blissett was, until recently, on the coaching staff at Watford FC. As a footballer, he is perhaps best known for his brief and unglorious stint at AC Milan in the early '80s. He had nothing to do with the writing of this book.
Federico Guglielmi, Fabrizio Belletati, Luca di Meo and Giovanni Cattabriga, the real authors of Q, live in Bologna.

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Hilary Bonner When the Dead Cry Out Published May 2003 by Heinemann at £18.99 ISBN: 043401110X Tweet This Book

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A stunning new mystery based on an incredible real life case... One stormy February afternoon Clara Marshall collected her daughters, six-year-old Loraine and five-year-old Janine, from school. They were never seen again. Richard Marshall, Clara's heartbroken husband, had discovered his wife was having an affair with an Australian backpacker and believed her to have run away with him, taking the children with her, destroying the family for ever.
That was twenty-seven years ago. John Kelly veteran journalist, covered the case when he was a trainee reporter and he suspected something far more sinister. His own enquiries could discover no trace of an Australian backpacker, or a journey abroad by Clara and her children. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Meadows has been familiar with the case since childhood and she is only too aware that many suspect Marshall of murdering his wife and children. But where are the bodies? And what is the motive?
Then extraordinary events reawaken the case and Kelly and Karen become determined to discover what happened to Clara and her children so long ago, and to seek justice for them...

Hilary Bonner is a former showbusiness editor of the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mirror. She now lives in Somerset, and continues to work as a freelance journalist, covering film, television and theatre.
Praise for Hilary Bonner:
'Bonner is good on the relationship between police and reporter and never less than entertaining' Sunday Express

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Alexander Kent Man of War Published June 2003 by Heinemann at £16.99 ISBN: 0434010081 Tweet This Book

The new Bolitho novel from our greatest living naval writer.
The third Adam Bolrtho story follows directly from Relentless Pursuit. The setting is the West Indies, with the post-Napoleonic "revolution" against the ban on slavery. The navy is stretched to the limit, ships laid up, appointments for captains and senior officers hard to obtain. There's a lot of rivalry, as well as the discomfort of working with ships and sailors who have only recently been deadly enemies. Adam and the Unrivalled are in the thick of it.
'One of our foremost writers of naval fiction' Sunday Times

Douglas Reeman did convoy duty in the navy in the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the North Sea. He has written over thirty novels under his own name and 26 books featuring Richard Bolitho under the Pseudonym Alexander Kent.

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Ben Mezrich Bring Down the House Pbk published April 2003 by Heinemann at £10.00 ISBN: 043401124X Tweet This Book

A gripping real-life thriller, the story of a brilliant team of MIT students who won millions at Las Vegas. The world of Ocean's Eleven, but for real.
Cheating in casinos is illegal; card-counting - noting which cards have so far been dealt so as to enable the player to have a sense of what remains in the deck - is not. But casinos understandably dislike the practice and make every effort to keep card-counters from their premises, banning them and using private detectives to share information on suspected and known counters. Bringing Down the House tells the true story of the most successful gambling scam ever, in which teams of brilliant young card- counting mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos of Las Vegas, being drawn in the process into the high-life of drugs, high-spending and sex.
As readable and as fascinating as Liar's Poker or Barbaríans At the Gate, Bringing Down the House is a fascinating insight into a closed, excessive and utterly corrupt world.

'ln this high-octane tale with rich, sharp dialogue, bordering on Elmore Leonard turf, the plot races by at a Nascar pace and the characters on both sides of the table are as real as an inside straight, making their moves and planning their scores like a croupier on speed. Take the odds, bet the bank, and stare down the dealer. Bringing down the House is a can't-miss deal.' Lorenzo Carcaterra
Ben Mezrich is the author of four thrillers. This is his first work of non-fiction.

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Olen Steinhauer The Bridge of Sighs Published May 2003 by Heinemann at £18.99 ISBN: 0434011207 Tweet This Book

A noirish crime thriller reminiscent of Fatherland, set in an imaginary Eastern European country in 1948.
The Second World War is over and among the millions of refugees, young Emil Brod returns to the capital city of his country to live with his grandparents and take up a job as a homicide inspector. His homeland has been annexed by the Soviet Union and they are now part of the Eastern Bloc. Russian soldiers swagger about, the luxuries of life are in short supply, and everyone is careful to address their friends as Comrade.
Emil's colleagues appear to loathe him and he is utterly shut out. The hatred of his workmates even turns to violence. Frustrated and desperate to work, Emil begs for a case and, suddenly and surprisingly, is assigned to the high profile murder of Janos Crowder, a popular and wealthy songwriter. But this case is a dangerous one - its complex skeins lead right up to the Party Chairman himself and Emil has to decide between the truth and his own safety.
A beautifully written novel, imbued with oppressiveness and barely suppressed violence, The Bridge of Sighs is an exceptional debut.
Olen Steinhauer is 31, and a former Fulbright Scholar. Born in the United States, he now lives in Budapest.

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James Watson DNA The Secret Life Published April 2003 by Heinemann at £20.00 ISBN: 0434011169 Tweet This Book

The co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and author of the international bestseller The Double Helíx tells the story of the amazing molecule since its discovery fifty years ago, following modern genetics from his own Nobel prize- winning work in the '50's to Dolly the sheep, designer babies and GM foods.
Along with Francis Crick, James Watson was the discoverer of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. Their discovery paved the way for fifty years of explosive scientific achievement, of immense significance both in strictly scientific terms and for its technological and social implications. From the cloning of animals - and possibly humans - to the implications of genetics for modern agriculture, from the early days of molecular biology to the achievements of the human genome project, science-related newspaper headlines have been dominated for decades by the implications of Crick and Watson's ground-breaking work.
In this book, published to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Crick and Watson's ground-breaking paper in Nature, Professor Watson tells the story of this research from its beginnings to the present, introducing the science of modern genetics, along with its history and its implications, in a magnificently written and illustrated guide to one of the most triumphant achievements of human science. Born in the US, James Watson won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for elucidating the structure and function of DNA, along with the Englishmen Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. He is the author of a number of books, including the international bestseller The Double Helix.

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