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Old 10.02.2017, 03:47 PM
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The Murder Road by Stephen Booth (2015) starts with a mysterious and bloody disappearance of a lorry driver in Derbyshire; a case for DI Ben Cooper, into which is weird pal DS Diane Fry is bound to intrude.

The author paints a lengthy word picture of New Mills some 70 pages into the PB edition; and shoots himself in the foot. Having walked through the town thousands of times over two decades, I can confirm that there's a huge sweet factory there, but I have never, ever been assaulted by a sickly, overpowering smell from it. Oh, dear? What else has he got wrong?

As for the plot, there's a murder and a suicide, and everything goes back to misconceptions from an RTA 8 years before, DI Cooper reckons.
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Mainly Maigret by Georges Simenon

This 1946 Readers' Union collection contains 3 novels from the early days, before Maigret and the gang became established in Paris. It contains translations of Le Locataire (1934), Un Crime en Holland (1931) and Au Rendez-Vous des Terre Nuevas (1931).
In all of them, Inspector Maigret runs into uncommunicative people, and in the middle novel, his problems are compounded by investigating in a country where he doesn't speak the language. The last one, in which he takes Madame Maigret on holiday whilst he investigates the death of a trawler captain, is probably the best of them.
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Gorky Park by Martin Cruz-Smith

Arkady Renko is the cynical but brilliant Chief Investigator in the Brezhnev era Moscow police.In this debut outing he is assigned a triple homicide,against his will,as the case is deemed to be non-political and therefore of no interest to the KGB.

Smuggling and attempted defections are major elements of a tangled plot,no-one can be be trusted and it soon becomes evident that there is more to the case than first thought.As Renko peels away layer after layer of deception he has to tread carefully as he encounters people in positions of power with secrets they want to stay hidden.

The trail continues to New York and an ending that is a little too drawn out but overall this is a very enjoyable read.8.5/10

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Gorky Park by Martin Cruz-Smith

Arkady Renko is the cynical but brilliant Chief Investigator in the Brezhnev era Moscow police.In this debut outing he is assigned a triple homicide,against his will,as the case is deemed to be non-political and therefore of no interest to the KGB.

Smuggling and attempted defections are major elements of a tangled plot,no-one can be be trusted and it soon becomes evident that there is more to the case than first thought.As Renko peels away layer after layer of deception he has to tread carefully as he encounters people in positions of power with secrets they want to stay hidden.

The trail continues to New York and an ending that is a little too drawn out but overall this is a very enjoyable read.8.5/10
Crumbs! Is this book really 36 years old?!? It made a really big splash when it came out and I was able to go directly to the right one of over 20 bookcases to find that I still have a paperback of it. It looks positively tiny next to chunky HBs of Polar Star and Rose, also by Mr. Cruz O'Missile.
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