The Accident on the A35

“Gripping and intelligent.’ – Philip Pullman, The Guardian “The whole is both a classy detective story and a stylish meditation on agency and existence. If Roland Barthes … had written a detective novel, then this would be it.” – Literary Review “An immensely satisfying literary thriller: subtly observed, psychologically acute and extremely droll.” – Irish … Continue reading The Accident on the A35

His Bloody Project

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 WINNER OF THE SALTIRE FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 WINNER VRIJ NEDERLAND THRILLER OF THE YEAR 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE  LA TIMES MYSTERY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 “An astonishing piece of writing…a voice that sounds startlingly authentic.” – The Telegraph “Brilliantly fabricated . . .This is also … Continue reading His Bloody Project

La Femme de Gilles / Madeleine Bourdouxhe

Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s novel opens with her protagonist, Elisa, awaiting her husband’s return from work. As she lays the table for the evening meal, she is transfixed, ‘giddy with tenderness’: ‘Overcome with the thought of his return her body, drowning in sweetness, melting with languor, loses all its strength.’ As the title suggests, Elisa is a … Continue reading La Femme de Gilles / Madeleine Bourdouxhe

The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau

“A captivating psychological thriller . . . Very accessible and thoroughly satisfying.” – Alistair Mabbott, The Herald Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town … Continue reading The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau

Strike Out Where Not Applicable / Nicolas Freeling

Strike Out Where Not Applicable finds Van der Valk newly installed as Commissioner of Police in the provincial town of Lisse, centre of the tulip growing region. The countryside is, ‘Nothing to look at. Flat like all of Holland.’ And the town? Walls white; painted, plastered, roughcast. Metal window-frames painted grey. Huge windows washed and … Continue reading Strike Out Where Not Applicable / Nicolas Freeling