All things Ian Fleming -
With the recent publication of the new James Bond book Carte Blanche Steven Poole does not appear to be too enamoured with it. His review in the Guardian can be found here. The Guardian ponders the question as to who should write the next Bond book since they are no longer the work of Ian Fleming, but products from "©Ian Fleming Publications Limited". A further review by Stephanie Merritt can be found in the Observer.
Below one can also see Jeffrey Deaver talking to Mariella Frostrup about the new James Bond novel at the 2011 Hay Festival.
Saturday 28 May 2011 was Ian Fleming’s birthday and he would have been 103 years old!
Laura Wilson rounds-up a number of crime fiction books in the Guardian amongst them Denise Mina’s latest book The End of the Wasp Season and the Hypnotist by Lars Kepler who are actually authors Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril & Alexander Ahndoril.
With the publication of her first novel Without Guilt Marcia Clark talks to Kira Cochrane of the Guardian about life after the fabled OJ Simpson trial.
Very interesting article in the Daily Telegraph from the Hay Festival where Sir John Scarlett, the former chief of the Secret Intelligence Service talks about an unnamed author who nearly derailed an MI6 operation when his plot line.
Thrillerfest VI is due to take place between 6 and 9 July in New York City. The shortlist for the awards can be found here and include authors such as Carla Buckley, Michael Connelly, Mo Hayder, J T Ellison and Jon Trace.
Fans of Agatha Christie will welcome the news that John Curran’s new book about Agatha Christie - Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making: Stories and Secrets from Her Archive will include an unseen Miss Marple story. The book is due out in September 2011.
Fans of Luther will welcome the fact that it is due to return to our screens on 14 June 2011. An interview with the creator Neil Cross can be found below.
Excellent article by Tim Kevan in the Guardian as he makes the case for the courtroom drama. He comments on the fact that many authors have used the courtroom in creating their stories. From Shakespeare to Erle Stanley Garden and Henry Cecil’s Brother-in-Law to John Mortimer’s Rumpole series and of course not forgetting the most famous of all Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Tim Kervan also notes that of recent there has been a move towards putting the courtroom further into the background and concentrating on the lives of the lawyers themselves.
According to the Bookseller Headline have bought three books from author Lisa Gardner on her move from Orion to Headline. The first book Catch Me will feature her series character D D Warren and will be published in 2012.
For those of you (including me) that did not get a chance to see the unofficial trailer of the US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before it was taken down by Sony, here is the official version!
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will be released in the UK on 26 December 2011.
NPR have served up an interesting list of crime fiction books to read for the summer. The list includes Jo Nesbø, Morag Joss and Lawrence Block who returns with a new Matt Scudder book A Drop of the Hard Stuff. An interview with Lawrence Block can be found here.
Fans of William Gibson will be pleased to know that a film of the cyber thriller Neuromancer is in the offing. According to Marketwire.com the announcement was made recently at the Cannes Film Festival. The full press notice can be found here.
A lot of us are looking forward to seeing the six-part series featuring Jason Isaac in Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories which is due to be shown on the BBC1 starting on Sunday 5th June 2011. The trailer can be seen below. An interview with Jason Isaac can be found here
Congratulations go to Santiago Roncagliolo whose novel Red April has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Red April is the story of a hapless prosecutor on the trail of a violent serial killer in the Peruvian town of Ayacucho. It takes place during Holy Week in 2000, in the aftermath of the Shining Path insurgency. The full article can be found in the Guardian.
Congratulations also go to Crimespree Magazine who have signed a deal with Down & Out Books for e-versions of their excellent magazine.
Fans of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series will be sad to learn that he is due to end the series (according to GalleyCat) with Nevermore.
SFX.co.uk have an interesting interview with author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Lindqvist is the author of the novel Let The Right One In.
Anthony Horowitz five part drama series for ITV Injustice is due to be shown from Monday 6 June 2011. In it actor James Purefoy plays a criminal barrister who decides not to take on any more murder cases after he suffers a nervous breakdown that is until he is approached by an old friend.
According to the Bookseller, Will Atkins at Pan Macmillan has acquired the world rights for two books from author David Jackson. The first of the two books is The Helper which features NYPD detective Callum Doyle whom readers first met in Jackson’s debut novel The Pariah
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