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The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts by Gary William Murning

The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts by Gary MurningI actually read an earlier draft of Gary William Murning’s latest novel The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts last year (earning myself a kind mention in the acknowledgements into the bargain, cheers Gary!) and have been looking forward to getting my hands on the final published version ever since.

This marks another departure from the tone and subject matter of his previous novels, and perhaps straddles the boundary between Literary Fiction and Horror (but more on that matter below). It is certainly one more piece of evidence which demonstrates this writer’s breadth and adaptability.

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All Her Father’s Guns by James Warner

All Her Father's Guns by James WarnerI have fallen so far behind with my reviews recently due to other commitments (not least, the writing of my own novel) but I simply had to find time to bring this one to the top of the review pile. I received James Warner’s novel All Her Father’s Guns to review just before Christmas, after reading some samples on his website. I am so glad that I got hold of a copy, as it turned out to be one of the most pleasant reading surprises of 2010.

To the best of my knowledge, this is James Warner’s first novel, and the slick writing style coupled with his dark, dark humour have certainly whetted my appetite for more.

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Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

I have had David Miller’s novel Snowdrops on my “to read” list for quite a while, after reading a synopsis when it appeared on Amazon’s Rising Stars list earlier this year. It has since then received much acclaim, making it first onto this year’s Man Booker Shortlist, and then subsequently being selected for the final six.

Whichever way you look at it, this is quite some achievement already for a first novel, whether or not it eventually picks up the big prize, and I certainly thought it was an excellent debut from David Miller. The level of knowledge and feel that he displays for the book’s Russian setting was most impressive, and I most definitely look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

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A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

I picked up a copy of Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dying for next to nothing in a recent Amazon Kindle sale. It was a member of an on-line book club who gave me the tip-off, and I’m really pleased that I acted on it. Ira Levin’s novels are probably overshadowed by the successful film versions of his work, such as The Boys From Brazil, The Stepford Wives and Rosemary’s Baby — A Kiss Before Dying has itself been turned into a film twice — so it was rather ironic that I soon formed the conclusion that A Kiss Before Dying came across, to me it seemed, almost likeĀ  reading a Hitchcock film.

Possibly a little old fashioned, and without any of the gore and explicitness that seem par for the course these days, nevertheless it allows the story-telling and plot to carry the day. Something that one or two modern day crime writers and publishers might do well to take note of.

A small, perfectly formed, masterpiece of suspense.

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