Monthly Archives: July 2016

Helen MacInnes: While Still We Live

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‘You’ve seen Warsaw. You know, as I know, that nothing more can be done. We have nothing left, neither light nor water nor food nor medicine nor ammunition. Not even clean air. But although we shall have to capitulate, the … Continue reading

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John D. MacDonald: The Deep Blue Good-by

I am wary of a lot of other things, such as plastic credit cards, payroll deductions, insurance programmes, retirement benefits, savings accounts, Green Stamps, time clocks, newspapers, mortgages, sermons, miracle fabrics, deodorants, check lists, time payments, political parties, lending libraries, … Continue reading

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#1954book sign-up page

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Every month on Past Offences I gather together blog posts about crime fiction written or filmed in a particular year. I’ve called it Crimes of the Century. Kate from crossexaminingcrime has suggested 1954 for August. If you want to take part, … Continue reading

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Reginald Hill: Under World

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But down here survival was too far beneath hope to make a motive, and the darkness was fetid with doubt and accusation. Time for the bottom line, as the Yanks put it. Place for a bottom line too. And the … Continue reading

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Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park

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‘I just wanted you to know exactly where you stood. You’re not here legally. You’re not here illegally either, because then you’d have a leg to stand on. You’re simply not here at all, and there’s no way you can … Continue reading

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Reginald Hill: Deadheads

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‘Clever fellow, our Patrick. Very clever.’ ‘Sir,’ said Pascoe determinedly. ‘Do you still suspect him of something?’ ‘Me? No. Why should I? A lot of people have died, it’s true. But there’s always people dying, isn’t there? And we’ve no … Continue reading

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Gil North: The Methods of Sergeant Cluff

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This the second of the Sergeant Cluff novels of Gil North to be resurrected by the British Library this year – the first being Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm. Cluff is a detective in the Dales town of Gunnarshaw (apparently based … Continue reading

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Gil North: Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm

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At intervals along the lines of shops and offices and banks passages no wider than one man at a time could pass led off both sides of the High Street. They tunnelled the buildings and became tiny streets, cottages facing … Continue reading

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Lionel Davidson: The Rose of Tibet

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‘I understand it’s a fine place. they’re very comfortable there. They have good food, doctors, everything. It’s actually a monastery for women. What they call it, is Yamdring.’

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‘Where are you hanging out now?’ The #1929book results

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Every month here at Past Offences, we review crime books and the occasional movie from 1929. For June we set our sights on 1929… Kate at crossexaminingcrime came up trumps with E. M. Channon’s The Chimney Murder (for which I can’t find … Continue reading

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