Good Reading : August 2015
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING AUGUST 2015 42 CRIME / THRILLER WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG Into the Night Jake Woodhouse Abody is found wearing expensive white trainers, dressed in r ipped jeans and a tight white T-shirt. It has no head, and the palm of its right hand has been blowtorched. Inspector Jaap Rykel of the Amsterdam police is called to the scene. As he searches the headless body for clues, he finds photographs on the victim’s phone – all are of the inspector leaving home that morning. Inspector Tanya van der Mark is just about to go on holidays when she receives a call on her mobile; someone has fallen in front of a train. It looks an open-and-shut case. Tanya is asked to pop over and decide whether it’s an accident or a suicide. She can then continue with her holiday plans. Across town, in a safe house, Inspector Kees Terpstra is on witness protection detail. Having read After the Silence, the first book in the author’s ‘Amsterdam Quartet’ series, I was prepared for the gruesome murders, dangerous drugs and prostitution, and I wasn’t surprised to find blackmail, hostages and a touch of genocide, but malicious cruelty to a beautiful white swan gracefully gliding along the placid waters of a canal shocked me. Into the Night is the second book in the ser ies and this time we get to spend just four days with the three dedicated detectives. The pressure on them is intense, decisions are made without consultation and result in mistakes – very serious mistakes. Motives are assumed and discarded; suspects are arrested and released; confusion reigns. Rykel goes rogue, Tanya confronts her traumatic past, and Inspector Terpstra receives gut-wrenching news. Just another day at the office. I’m panting for book three. ★★★★ Michael Joseph $29.99 Reviewed by Clive Hodges Near Enemy Adam Sternbergh It begins, as all things do for Spademan, with a phone call. The voice on the other end of the line whispers a single name. As soon as the payment is cleared he is out the door, looking for his latest target. He doesn’t care why he has to do it,he’sahitman–hedoesitfor the money, not the morality. His target, Lesser, a for mer computer whizz kid, now spends his life in the virtual world of the Limnosphere spying on what the wealthy do in their digital life. The Limnosphere isn’t subject to the normal laws of what is left of the real world, but everything is about to change. Someone has found out how to kill the citizens of the digital world and Spademan has been paid to clean up the mess, just like old times! Sternbergh’s Spademan, first encountered in Shovel Ready, is back to his cantankerous best, trundling through the remnants of New York City after the dirty bomb went off, killing his family. The crackling dialogue leaps off the page and the action keeps drawing the reader on through the dark recesses of Sternbergh’s world. The stage is set and by the end of the book readers will be eagerly awaiting the next volume in this excellent ser ies. ★★★★★ Headline $19.99 Reviewed by David Johnson target, Lesser, a former computer whizz kid, encountered in to his cantankerous best, trundling through the remnants of New York City after the dirty bomb went off, killing his family. The crackling dialogue leaps off the page and the action keeps drawing the reader on through the dark recesses of Sternbergh’s world. The stage is set and by the end of the book readers will be eagerly awaiting the next volume in this excellent series. About Adam Sternbergh Adam writes for Vulture and New York Magazine. His articles cover everything from the avocado crisis to Iggy Azalea’s unsalvageable career.