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1979 by Val McDermid: A novel as touching as it is gripping
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1979 by Val McDermid: A novel as touching as it is gripping

The Black Locomotive by Rian Hughes: Adventurous and original
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The Black Locomotive by Rian Hughes: Adventurous and original

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman: Confusion, trauma and violence
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Dream Girl by Laura Lippman: Confusion, trauma and violence

The Turnout by Megan Abbott: An edgy and unpredictable tale
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The Turnout by Megan Abbott: An edgy and unpredictable tale

The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson: Asks questions on what it means to be human
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The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson: Asks questions on what it means to be human

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin: An arrow through the reader’s heart
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The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin: An arrow through the reader’s heart

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer: Utterly convincing
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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer: Utterly convincing

Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly: Takes the reader to places they don’t expect
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Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly: Takes the reader to places they don’t expect

The Cut by Chris Brookmyre: Thrills, humour, style and skill
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The Cut by Chris Brookmyre: Thrills, humour, style and skill

Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz: A nerve-shredder with heart
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Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz: A nerve-shredder with heart

The Library of the Dead by TL Huchu: Inventive and entertaining
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The Library of the Dead by TL Huchu: Inventive and entertaining

Mother for Dinner by Shalom Auslander: Even more outrageous and funny
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Mother for Dinner by Shalom Auslander: Even more outrageous and funny

A River Called Time by Courttia Newland: A dramatic and satisfying finale
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A River Called Time by Courttia Newland: A dramatic and satisfying finale

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor: Richer than books three times as long
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Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor: Richer than books three times as long

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Adrian Tomine:
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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Adrian Tomine:

California scheming in Steph Cha’s fantastic new crime novel
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California scheming in Steph Cha’s fantastic new crime novel

REVIEW: Terrific new crime novels by James Sallis and Lilja Sigurðardóttir
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REVIEW: Terrific new crime novels by James Sallis and Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Constitution Street, Jemma Neville; Rusty Brown, Chris Ware
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Constitution Street, Jemma Neville; Rusty Brown, Chris Ware

Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman; The Art of Dying, Ambrose Parry
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Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman; The Art of Dying, Ambrose Parry

‘Exhalation’ review: subtler and smarter than Black Mirror
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‘Exhalation’ review: subtler and smarter than Black Mirror

Worst Case Scenario, Helen FitzGerald; Animals Eat Each Other, Elle Nash
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Worst Case Scenario, Helen FitzGerald; Animals Eat Each Other, Elle Nash

Nina X, Ewan Morrison; From the Wreck, Jane Rawson
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Nina X, Ewan Morrison; From the Wreck, Jane Rawson

November Road, Lou Berney; Little Faith, Nickolas Butler
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November Road, Lou Berney; Little Faith, Nickolas Butler

A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself, William Boyle; Permission, Saskia Vogel
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A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself, William Boyle; Permission, Saskia Vogel

Ken Liu’s ‘Broken Stars’ is another big bang for Chinese sci-fi
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Ken Liu’s ‘Broken Stars’ is another big bang for Chinese sci-fi

An Unexplained Death, Mikita Brottman: Nine Pints, Rose George
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An Unexplained Death, Mikita Brottman: Nine Pints, Rose George

Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss: Selected Poems, Kathleen Jamie
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Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss: Selected Poems, Kathleen Jamie

The Infinite Blacktop, Sara Gran: The Man Who Came Uptown, George Pelecanos
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The Infinite Blacktop, Sara Gran: The Man Who Came Uptown, George Pelecanos

Ball Lightning, Cixin Liu: S.J. Morden, One Way
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Ball Lightning, Cixin Liu: S.J. Morden, One Way

Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata; The Emperor of Shoes, Spencer Wise
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Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata; The Emperor of Shoes, Spencer Wise

The Old Religion, Martyn Waites: Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen
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The Old Religion, Martyn Waites: Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen

Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman: I Still Dream, James Smythe
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Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman: I Still Dream, James Smythe

The Art of Losing Control, Jules Evans; Sleepy Head, Henry Nicholls
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The Art of Losing Control, Jules Evans; Sleepy Head, Henry Nicholls

Unthinkable, Helen Thomson: Dreams Must Explain Themselves, Ursula K. Le Guin
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Unthinkable, Helen Thomson: Dreams Must Explain Themselves, Ursula K. Le Guin

The Hoarder, Jess Kidd; Blue Night, Simone Buchholz
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The Hoarder, Jess Kidd; Blue Night, Simone Buchholz