Category Archives: Alan Glynn

Wrapping up my Ireland Reading Challenge 2011

Although I only read four books for it I did enjoy the Ireland Reading challenge, hosted by Carrie at Books & Movies, very much, not least because it introduced me to two authors who I think will become firm favourites. They couldn’t be more different. … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction Alphabet: Z is for Zeitgeist

Crime fiction writers are able, should they be so inclined, to explore the social and political settings in which their stories take place, often in a way that contemporary journalism or other writing cannot. In this way it is a … Continue reading

Posted in Alan Carter (Aus), Alan Glynn, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Dashiell Hammett, list, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, memes and challenges | 12 Comments

The half-way point

As of the end of June I had finished 84 books (and abandoned another eight) which is a pretty good start to the year. I consider anything I rate 3 stars or above to be reading time well spent and … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction Alphabet: P is for Politicians

I talked more generally about politically themed reading during our last Federal election but I thought it worth having a look at how politicians themselves are treated in crime fiction. Perhaps it won’t surprise too many of you that, for … Continue reading

Posted in Alan Glynn, Anthony Gilbert, Bartholomew Gill, Crime Fiction Alphabet, John Maddox Roberts, Robin Spano, Shane Maloney (Aus) | 11 Comments

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all

Imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery so I will copy Kim’s idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by highlighting the Irish books I have reviewed here on the blog. It’s important to note that I’m imitating the idea not the … Continue reading

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Review: Winterland by Alan Glynn

Winterland opens with the gangland-style murder of young Noel Rafferty in the beer garden of a Dublin pub. His family, including his aunts and one uncle, gather at his grief-stricken mother’s home to offer their support, though given his shady dealings … Continue reading

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