Crime or non-fiction – we’ve got the best of both! Say hello to ten brand new books to brighten up spring evenings.
The final part in Winslow’s epic trilogy about the intertwining lives of narcos, cops and politicians in Mexico and the US, The Border is essential reading. If you haven’t picked up the first two in the series, The Power of the Dog and The Cartel, buy them all, book a week off work and take a deep dive into Winslow’s tense, intricate world of corruption, drugs and murder.
Former Telegraph journalist Watts (she helped to expose the MPs’ expenses scandal) sets her debut thriller in the newsroom, as investigative journalist Casey Benedict overhears someone in a high-end bar talking about an organisation that runs big-game hunts for the rich, but with a shocking twist: the humans are the prey. Her resulting investigation leads her down a deadly path.
A melding together of gripping detective fiction and dystopian sci-fi set in a future California, where lying can result in time in prison. As a result, all residents must keep painstaking records of their every movement, and file the information away in case their statements are questioned. Laszlo Ratesic, however, begins to slowly uncover the dark hidden layers beneath this truth-based society.
Conversational AI is becoming increasingly prevalent in our lives: Siri, Alexa, those annoying automated phone robots… Now they are infiltrating our homes, in Talk To Me, tech journalist Vlahos speaks to the scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley racing to build the first machine to truly be able to converse with humans.
Following her award-winning debut, Lola, last year, Scrivner Love returns with the same protagonist, Lola, now that she has risen to the top of her gang in LA. With this success comes another drug lord looking to wipe out Lola’s gang, as well as her own revenge-seeking brother.
Crime author Megan Abbott lavished high praise on US author Boyle’s latest: “Imagine Martin Scorsese and David O Russell collaborating with Gena Rowlands and Ellen Burstyn and making magic.” A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself follows a mob widow on the run with her granddaughter and estranged daughter’s neighbour – expect to see it on awards lists at the end of the year.
The author of the seminal fell-running book Feet In The Clouds turns his hand to horse racing and Nazis, in Unbreakable: the unbelievable story of Lata Brandisová. In 1930s Czechoslovakia, she was the first woman to ever take part in one of the world’s hardest horse races. Not only that, she won the race on the eve of World War II, defeating the feared riders of Hitler’s SS cavalry – some say prompting Hitler into war.
One for espionage-lovers, An Impeccable Spy follows the true story of Richard Sorge, the man labelled “the spy to end all spies” by John le Carré and “the most formidable spy in history” by Ian Fleming. The German-Russian communist was a spy for Stalin and is thought to have been the man responsible for turning the tide on World War II.
The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper tells the stories of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper between 1888 and 1891. After years of exhaustive research, Rubenhold states that only two of the women were prostitutes, the other three were homeless, but they were all linked by tragedy in their lives, after which, they turned to alcohol.
Do you find the current news cycle an endless barrage of negative, depressing content that leaves you feeling depressed for the future of humankind? Then reach for You Are What You Read from Jodie Jackson, who has studied the psychological impact of the news and how it can lead to anxiety and depression. She investigates the power of positive news, and how taking more note of that could lead to us all arriving at a better place.