Tag Archives: 1970s

#1976book 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. Santosh chose us 1976 for September. If you want to take part, you can! When you’ve written your post, just … Continue reading

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Len Deighton: SS-GB

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SS-GB Len Deighton First published in the UK 1978 by Jonathan Cape 350 pages This edition BCA Source: The Dormouse Bookshop, Norwich SS-GB opens in a counter-factual version of November 1941. The German Army has occupied Great Britain, the King is imprisoned in the … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground

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Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith First published in the US by Random House, 1970 This edition, Penguin Books 1985 ISBN: 0140036024 264 pages Source: City Books, Norwich Murchison was not artistic. Or he wouldn’t be talking like this. Murchison didn’t … Continue reading

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‘You’re a big man, but you’re in bad shape.’ #1971book

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If my Mr U. N. Owen-style pre-recorded message goes to plan, this message should be going out at exactly 00.01 UK time. Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 is good to you. I’m kicking off this year with a … Continue reading

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Tom Sharpe: Riotous Assembly

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Riotous Assembly Tom Sharpe First published in the UK 1971 by Martin Secker and Warburg Ltd This edition Random House ISBN: 9781446474679 Source: Kindle I decided to combine this month’s crime-novel-of-the-year challenge (1971) with my own travels, choosing the South African-set Riotous Assembly to … Continue reading

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#1971book sign-up page

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The Puzzle Doctor has moved us forward a few decades, picking 1971 as our focus for December. Some non-crime books from 1971: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, William … Continue reading

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Just the Facts: Erik Routley’s The Puritan Pleasures of the Detective Story

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The Puritan Pleasures of the Detective Story Erik Routley First published in the UK by Gollancz, 1972 ISBN: 0575013842 253 pages Source: Borrowed It’s been a while since I wrote up a non-fiction book for ‘Just the Facts’, in fact … Continue reading

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Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal

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The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth First published in the UK by Hutchinson, 1971 This edition Corgi, 1971 ISBN: 0552091219 382 pages Source: Blogger’s own This is a book I really rated when I was a teenager, and I … Continue reading

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Julian Symons: The Players and the Game

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The Players and the Game Julian Symons First published in the UK by William Collins & Sons Company Ltd, 1972 This edition Penguin Books, 1984 ISBN: 0140038086 218 pages Source: City Bookshop, Norwich The Players and the Game is a … Continue reading

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Paula Gosling: A Running Duck aka Fair Game

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A Running Duck (Fair Game in the US) Paula Gosling First published in the UK 1978, Macmillan London Ltd This edition 1979, Pan Books Ltd ISBN: 0330258044 202 pages Source: Greenmetropolis ‘I can’t mollycoddle and aim a gun at the same time.’ I … Continue reading

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