Have you pulled yet?

Pulled your Christmas crackers that is.  If you have, then you may feel in the ‘pre-order’ mood so here are three fabulous crime novels coming in 2013 that you’d be absolutely crackers to miss.  Full reviews will follow near the publication dates.

31 January

BBRubberbneckerRubbernecker – Belinda Bauer (Bantam)

“’The dead can’t speak to us,’ Professor Madoc had said.

That was a lie.

Because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things.

Life is already strange enough for the obsessive Patrick without having to solve a possible murder. Especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place.  Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery – while he dissects his own evidence.

But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies rather closer to home…”

A more grown-up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time meets Shallow Grave.  Dark, disturbing and witty.  Patrick is a darling.  My thesaurus does not contain the words to tell you just how fabulous this is.  On this occasion: believe the hype.

7 March

DJGoneAGAINGone Again – Doug Johnstone (Faber and Faber)

“’It’s just to say that no-one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?’

As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach, he is called by his son’s school: his wife, Lauren, hasn’t turned up to collect their son.  Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry.

And this it isn’t the first time Lauren has disappeared.  As Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what’s going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads – until a shocking discovery…”

Ordinary people in an extraordinary situation.  A husband, a father and a father’s worries all under the microscope.  On this occasion: will be one of the big books of 2013.

17 January

RWCapPunishmentCapital Punishment – Robert Wilson (Orion)

“Meet Charles Boxer – ex-army, ex-police and now a high-stakes kidnap recovery specialist, he knows only too well how the dark forces in the city can reach out and ensnare an innocent victim.

The hostage is the beautiful Alyshia D’Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Francisco ‘Frank’ D’Cruz. After a boozy night out she gets into the wrong cab home and Boxer is the only man Frank will trust to go down into the criminal underworld to retrieve her.

Boxer knows that Frank’s crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies, but despite the vast D’Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don’t want his cash. They prefer a crueller, more lethal game and to have any chance of saving Alyshia, Boxer must play it out with religious fanatics, London’s home-grown crime lords and Indian mobsters, as his trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil.

Capital Punishment is a thrilling journey to the dark side of people and places hidden just out of sight, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.”

[Reading status: started but not yet finished.]  Where others may be known for detail, Wilson pulls off a ‘forensic’ level.  His thrillers combine the visceral with emotion and intelligence.  On this occasion: the new series has all the hallmarks of classic Wilson.

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