New fiction books

New fiction book 6

I know a Secret

Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by I know a secret Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling wounds—yet the actual cause of death is unknown. It’s a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at an inconvenient time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her, Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own mother—infamous serial killer Amalthea Lank.

 

New fiction book 5

Pietr the Latvian

This is the first Maigret novel.  Pietr the Latvian

"Maigret is on the trail of the Latvian of the title, a highly superior conman, who has been spotted by various European police departments on a train due to arrive at the Gare du Nord from Bremen. But when the train pulls into the station, a corpse matching Pietr's description is found in one of the train's toilets with a bullet-hole in its chest. And yet, just a few hours later, Pietr the Latvian is seen in the five-star Hotel Majestic, perfectly dapper in a Savile Row suit."

"The atmosphere of prewar Paris ... is ... soaked up thoroughly. Here we have a wonderfully seedy city, with sordid bars, hired killers who kill other hired killers, drugs ...  and enormous amounts of rotgut alcohol. Everything occurs in a blue fug of tobacco smoke, except when the weather's too bad even for Maigret to light his pipe."  in the Guardian

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A legacy of Spies

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the A legacy of spies family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London.  The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.  Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.  In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.

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The Shadow Puppet

One by one the lighted windows went dark. The silhouette of the dead man could still be seen The Shadow Puppet through thefrosted glass like a Chinese shadow puppet. A taxi pulled up. It wasn't the public prosecutor yet. A young woman crossed the courtyard with hurried steps, leaving a whiff of perfume in her wake.

 Summoned to the dimly-lit Place des Vosges one night, where he sees shadowy figures at apartment windows, Maigret uncovers a tragic story of desperate lives, unhappy families, addiction and a terrible, fatal greed.


 

Maigret is Afraid

Maigret is Afraid

Maigret is Afraid Maigret's impromptu visit to an old
college friend draws him into a murky
investigation in a small provincial
town ruled by snobbery, Maigret is Afraid cover fear and intimidation.

 

Maigret and the Minister

Maigret and the Minister

Maigret and the MinisterMaigret has no taste for politics, or politicians, but when he is summoned to a clandestine meeting by a desperate government minister one evening, he finds himself drawn into an unsavoury world of corruption, scandal and cover ups.

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Maigret's Mistake

Maigret's fascination with a charismatic brain surgeon nearly blinds him to the truth at the heart of Maigret's Mistake a case involving the murder of a mysterious young woman in a luxury Paris apartment block. 'Maigret had questioned thousands, tens of thousands of people in the course of his career, someoccupying important positions, others who were more famous for their wealth, and others still who were considered the most intelligent of international criminals. Yet he attached an importance to this interrogation he had attached to no previous interrogation, and it wasn't Gouin's social position that overawed him, or his worldwide fame.'

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Maigret's Holiday


Maigret's HolidayAt what point in the day could the note have been slipped into his pocket, his left breast pocket?  It was an ordinary sheet of glazed squared paper, probably torn out of an exercise book. The words were written in pencil, in a regular handwriting that looked to him like a woman's. For pity's sake, ask to see the patient in room 15. When Inspector Maigret's wife falls ill on their seaside holiday, a visit to the hospital leads him on an unexpected quest to find justice for a young girl.

 

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Maigret and the Man on the Bench

 

When Maigret discovers an unexpectedly flamboyant detail about an Maigret and the Man on the Bench otherwise unremarkable man, the inspector is determined to uncover what lies beneath the stuffy appearance of his Parisian household. 'He was wearing a dark suit, a beige raincoat and on his feet, which were twisted at an odd angle, he wore yellow-brown shoes, which seemed out of keeping with a day as colourless as this.
Apart from his shoes he looked so ordinary that he would have passed completely unnoticed on the street or on one of the numerous café terraces on the boulevard.'