Australian author Garry Disher has a solid reputation for his Inspector Challis police procedurals, but on Disherâs other creative side of the law, thereâs also the Wyatt series. Wyatt, a methodical, cool and collected anti-hero is a Melbourne crook, and Disherâs Wyatt series is frequently considered by crime aficionados as an Aussie counterpart to Robert Parkerâs Stark series. Wyatt, a heist novel, is the seventh book in the series and it appears after a 13-year-break.
The titular novices of Marcus Sakeyâs recent novel, THE AMATEURS, are four friends, three men and one woman, who band together against the frigidity of Chicagoâs winters and the loneliness of urban life to form the Thursday Night Drinking Club. But amateur drinkers these four are not â experts in the art of throwing back martinis, the first thing any of these four do in a time of crisis is reach for a bottle of vodka. If only the same could be said for their foray into the criminal underworld.
“In his mid-forties, he feels heâs come to a pretty good place in his life, and he couldnât have got there if he hadnât been able to survive some of his earlier selves, forgiving, maybe, but also forgetting, even erasing. From his present vantage point, it isnât exactly magnanimity he feels toward the passionate but confused graduate student heâd been twenty years ago. From that time onward heâs been acutely aware of the importance of chance in the affairs of human beings, and he hopes itâs given him a better understanding of people who are down on their own luck. But what he feels toward the person heâd been then is mostly relief that heâs been able to move beyond him.”
The title of Ian Rankinâs latest stand-alone crime thriller is DOORS OPEN, and this title has both literal and figurative meanings. Figuratively the title refers to the “open doors” of opportunities and decisions. “Open doors” are those moments when we glimpse the possibilities of choice and a different sort of future, and during those moments we decide whether or not to pass through that open door, or just walk awayâŚ.
Well before Charles Darwin presented the theory of evolution in 1859, there were scientists who thought along similar linesâwho believed that species âwere mutable and that Nature was on the move.â Much like scientists who came even earlier and set forth what were considered equally radical ideas, these people tooâmany of whom were in Franceâwere labeled godless heretics.
When Daniel Connor, a freshly minted medical student, travels to Paris in July 1815, his professor in Edinburgh had already warned him about these âhereticsââalso known as transformists. âParis is riddled with infidels, Professor Jameson had warned me back in Edingburgh. âThey are poets, those French transformists, not men of science,ââ Connor recalls.
If you’re looking for a good caper and heist book, a thriller to boot, CRIMINAL KARMA may be just up your alley. Rob and Reggie are two burglars with their eye on a set of large pink diamonds. At first, their plan to steal these diamonds fails and they have to go at it again. With the second try, things really heat up as they become involved with a crooked ashram in Santa Monica, California.