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Regular crime, thriller & mystery interviews, features and reviews. In Person with Paul hosted by Paul Burke, Barry's Blu-rays hosted by the editor of, Barry Forshaw and On the Sofa with Victoria hosted by author Victoria Selman. Further information can be found at Don’t Wait is the theme music and is courtesy of Southgate and Leigh:
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JOE THOMAS, author of BRAZILIAN PSYCHO chats to DAVID PEACE about his new novel TOKYO REDUX, the final part of his Tokyo trilogy, also why David's fiction focuses on real events, how his writing has developed over the years, key influences such as Derek Raymond and Jean-Patrick Manchette, crime fiction as social critique and living in Tokyo. TOKYO REDUX Tokyo, 1949, President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing just a day after serving notice of 30,000 job losses. In the midst of the US Occupation, against the backdrop of widespread social, political and economic reforms - as tensions and confusion reign - American Detective Harry Sweeney leads the missing person's investigation for General MacArthur's GHQ.1964 - as the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics, Hideki Murota, a former policeman, now a private investigator, is given a case which forces him to go back to confront a time, a place and a crime he's been hiding from for the past fifteen years.In the autumn and winter of 1988, as the Emperor Showa is dying, Donald Reichenbach, an aging American, eking out a living teaching and translating, sits drinking by the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, knowing the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Showa Era is down to him. DAVID PEACE was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet (Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty Three) which has been adapted into a three part Channel 4 series, GB84 which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Award, and The Damned Utd, the film version of which was adapted by Peter Morgan and stars Michael Sheen). Tokyo Year Zero, the first part of his acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, was published in 2007, the second part, Occupied City, in 2009, and TOKYO REDUX in 2021. JOE THOMAS is the author of the São Paulo Quartet - Paradise City, Gringa, Playboy and Brazilian Psycho - and Bent, his first London novel.Crime Time This episode produced by Junkyard DogMusic courtesy of Southgate and Leigh
LEE DURKEE chats to Paul Burke about his novel THE LAST TAXI DRIVER published in the UK by Oldcastle Books. In a brutally honest interview Lee talks about his fictional driver, Lou, and the life of a taxi driver in North Mississippi, the enemy - Uber, racism and Shakespeare. THE LAST TAXI DRIVER is a darkly comic novel about a day in the life of an exhausted, middle-aged cabbie about to lose his job to Uber, his girlfriend to lethargy, and his ability to stand upright to chronic back spasms. Lou - a lapsed novelist and UFO enthusiast who has returned to his home state of Mississippi after decades away - drives for a ramshackle taxi company that operates on the outskirts of a college town among the trailer parks and housing projects. With Lou s way of life fast vanishing, an ex-dispatcher resurfaces in town on the lam, triggering a bedlam shift which will test Lou's sanity and perhaps cost him his life. Against this backdrop, Lou has to keep driving, and driving - even if that means aiding and abetting the host of criminal misfits haunting the back seat of his Town Car. Written by a former cabbie, The Last Taxi Driver careens through the highways and backroads of North Mississippi as Lou becomes increasingly somnambulant and his fares increasingly eccentric. Equal parts Bukowski and Portis, Durkee's novel is an homage to a dying American industry.Lee Durkee is the author of the novel Rides of the Midway (W. W. Norton). His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Sun, Best of the Oxford American, Zoetrope: All Story, Tin House, New England Review, and Mississippi Noir. In 2021 Scribner will publish his memoir Stalking Shakespeare, which chronicles his decade-long obsession with trying to find lost portraits of William Shakespeare. A former cab driver, he lives in North Mississippi. The Last Taxi Driver is his first novel in twenty years.  Music courtesy of Southgate and LeighProduced by Junkyard DogFor news, features and reviews check out:Crime Time
On the Sofa with Victoria: Sarah Pinborough & Alex NorthEpisode : ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN- Sarah Pinborough (BEHIND HER EYES) & Alex North (THE WHISPER MAN) discuss supernatural crime crossovers, Scooby Doo and ‘that’ ending. Victoria keeps calling Alex ‘Steve’.VICTORIA SELMANAmazon Author Page: for news and giveaways: @VictoriaSelmanWe love to hear from our listeners! Find me on Twitter @VictoriaSelman and join in the chat using #OnTheSofaWithVictoria. Produced by Jem & Son and Paul BurkeDon't Wait courtesy of Southgate and Leigh
James Wolff talks about his new novel HOW TO BETRAY YOUR COUNTRY, growing up in the Middle East, spy fiction and the meaning of treachery.HOW TO BETRAY YOUR COUNTRY: Things are looking bad for disgraced spy August Drummond. In emotional free fall after the death of his wife, fired for a series of security breaches... and now his neighbour on the flight to Istanbul won't stop talking. The only thing keeping August sane is the hunch that there's something not quite right about the nervous young man several rows ahead - a hunch confirmed when August watches him throw away directions to a European cemetery seconds before being detained by Turkish police. A reckless August decides to go to the cemetery, where he meets a mysterious figure from the dark heart of the Islamic State and quickly finds himself drawn into a shadowy plot to murder an Iranian scientist in Istanbul. But nothing is what it seems, and before long August realises he has gone too far to turn back. As he struggles to break free from the clutches of Islamic State and play off British intelligence against their Turkish counterparts, he will find his resourcefulness, ingenuity and courage tested to the very limit of what he can endure.JAMES WOLFF lives in London. He worked for the British government for fifteen years. HOW TO BETRAY YOUR COUNTRY is his second novel in a trilogy about anti-terror espionage in the Middle East. The first was the highly acclaimed “Beside the Syrian Sea.”Produced by Jem&Son and Paul Burke, Don't Wait courtesy of Southgate and LeighBoth books published by BITTER LEMON PRESSCrime Time
SAIMA MIR author of THE KHAN talks to Paul Burke about her debut novel, her unforgettable characters Jia and Akbar Khan, being a journalist, Bradford, family, sexism, racism and how to navigate the world.THE KHAN: Successful London lawyer Jia Khan is a long way from the grubby Northern streets she knew as a child, where her father, Akbar Khan, led the Pakistani community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. Often his Jirga rule - the old way - was violent and bloody, but it was always justice of a kind.Now, with her father murdered, Jia must return to take his place. The police have always relied on the Khan to maintain the fragile order of the streets. But a bloody power struggle has broken out among warring communities and nobody is safe.Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes at a cost.Saima Mir has written for The Times, Guardian and Independent. Her essay for It's Not About The Burqa (Picador) appeared in Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits online in two days. She has also contributed to the anthology The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Mothers Talk Honestly About Motherhood. Saima grew up in Bradford and now lives in London.Crime TimePoint Blank BooksProduced by Jem&Son and Paul Burke.Don't Wait courtesy of Southgate and Leigh
In a spectacularly wide ranging discussion TOM BRADBY talks to Paul Burke about his new novel TRIPLE CROSS, his character Kate Henderson, what makes a great modern spy novel and the relationship between Western democracies and Russia & China that underpin his writing. He also tells us about his friend and mentor Gerald Seymour, screenwriting, chronic insomnia and mental well-being.TOM BRADBY is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. As a broadcaster, he is best known as the current Anchor of ITV’s News at Ten. Tom has been with ITN for almost thirty years and was successively Ireland Correspondent, Political Correspondent, Asia Correspondent (during which time he was shot and seriously injured whilst covering a riot in Jakarta), Royal Correspondent, UK Editor and Political Editor before being made the Anchor of News at Ten in 2015.Three of his novels have been shortlisted for CWA Dagger Awards. He adapted his first novel, Shadow Dancer, into a memorable film directed by Oscar winner James Marsh and starring Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson and Andrea Riseborough. His script for the film was nominated for Screenplay of the Year in the Evening Standard Film Awards. His new novel Triple Cross is the final part of a spy trilogy.TRIPLE CROSS Attempting to rebuild her shattered life in the South of France, former MI6 operative Kate Henderson receives an unexpected and most unwelcome visit from an old adversary: the UK Prime Minister. He has an extraordinary story to tell - and he needs her help.A Russian agent has come forward with news that the PM has been the victim of the greatest misinformation play in the history of MI6. It's run out of a special KGB unit that exists for one purpose alone: to process the intelligence from 'Agent Dante', a mole right at the heart of MI6 in London.Against her better judgement, Kate is forced back into the fray in a top-secret, deeply flawed and dangerous investigation. But now she's damaged goods. Her one-time allies no longer trust her. And neither do her enemies.With the stakes this high, can the truth ever come out? Or is the cost of uncovering it a price that no one, least of all Kate, can afford to pay?Produced by Jem & Son and Paul BurkeThanks to Southgate and Leigh for allowing us to use their Song Don't Wait for this podcastCrime Time
Barry’s Blu-rays the second episode in our regular feature for CrimeTimeFM.BARRY FORSHAW on the best of crime film and TV on DVD and Blu-ray.Barry gives us his insights into the world of crime drama based on the commentaries and sleeve notes he writes for new releases and reissues. This episode features Arrow's 4 Noir Classic - The Dark Mirror, Secret Beyond The Door, Force Of Evil & The Big Combo, Colombia Noir No.3 Johnny O'Clock, The Dark Past, Convicted, Between Midnight and Dawn, Sniper & City of Fear, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Battle Royale I &II and Irreversible. Barry Forshaw is the crime fiction critic for the Financial Times and provides extras for Blu-rays. Books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating Award-winning Brit Noir, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (also a Keating winner), British Gothic Cinema, Italian Cinema: Arthouse to Exploitation, Sex and Film and BFI Classics: War of the Worlds. He edits Crime Time.Check out Barry in conversation with Ace Atkins about his new Spenser novel SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME CTFM#9. Available now.Buy Barry's latest book Crime Fiction: A Reader's GuideProduced by Jem& Son and Paul BurkeThanks to Southgate and Leigh for allowing us to sample their song Don't Wait. For news, features and reviews check out Crime Time
Irish novelist and screenwriter JO SPAIN talks to Paul Burke about her new novel THE PERFECT LIE, her most intricate and exciting stand alone thriller to date. Jo also tells us about her TV series Harry Wild and, a host of projects in the pipeline and the writers who inspires her, not to mention the art of the psychological thriller and Lapland.Jo Spain is the author of the bestselling Tom Reynolds detective series and several No.1 bestselling standalone thrillers.  Jo is a full-time screenwriter. Her first show, critically-acclaimed crime series 'Taken Down', aired in 2018. In 2021, she co-wrote Harry Wild, starring Jane Seymour, with its creator, Emmy-award winning David Logan (to air 2022). She is currently working on several international productions, including adaptations of her own novels. A graduate of Trinity College, Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.THE PERFECT LIE: Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny's police colleagues one morning, it's the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband's murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.But it was all built on The Perfect Lie.Thanks to: Jem&Son and Paul Burke for editing this episode and to Southgate and Leigh for allowing us to sample their song Don't Wait.For articles, features and reviews don't forget to check out Crime TimePaul Burke twitter @paulodaburka
HENRY PORTER talks to Paul Burke about his new spy novel THE OLD ENEMY, Putin's Russia, Trump and the threat of white supremacists in the US, the Paul Samson spy series, inspiration versus hard work and his grandfather's hunting rifle. Henry Porter has spent most of his career as a journalist, during which time he has covered the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Bosnian Civil War, and, more recently, the migrant crisis in Europe. All have inspired novels – the Berlin Wall prompted Brandenburg, Bosnia produced A Spy’s Life and the trek into Europe of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the war in Syria is the genesis for Firefly, the first Paul Samson novel. The latest in the Paul Samson series is THE OLD ENEMY.His books are about the times we live in, and they all seek to show the impact of enormous historical and current events on the individuals caught up in them. As important to Henry, is the truth of the setting, which is why he spends so much time on the ground researching the locations he is writing about and the way people live their lives and overcome challenges that most of us never have to face.THE OLD ENEMY Ex-MI6 officer Paul Samson has been tasked with secretly guarding a gifted young woman, Zoe Freemantle. He is just beginning to tire of the job when he is attacked in the street by a freakish looking knifeman. It's clear the target is on his back not hers. What he doesn't know is who put it there.At that moment, his mentor, the MI6 legend Robert Harland lies dead on a remote stretch of the Baltic coastline. Who needed to end the old spy's life when he was, in any case, dying from a terminal illness? And what or who is Berlin Blue, the name scratched in the sketchbook beside his body?A few hours later, Samson watches footage from the US Congress where billionaire philanthropist Denis Hisami is poisoned with a nerve agent while testifying - an attack that is as spectacular as it is lethal, but spares Anastasia Hisami, the love of Samson's life.Two things become clear. One, it was a big mistake to lose the mysterious Zoe Freemantle. And two, Robert Harland is making a final play from beyond the grave.Produced by Jem & Son, Paul BurkeMusic: Southgate and Leigh Don't WaitPhoto credit Emma HardyFor features, news and reviews check out:Crime Time Paul Burke twitter @paulodaburka
New Zealand crime writer VANDA SYMON Chats to Paul Burke about her new Sam Shephard novel, BOUND, fourth in the Dunedin set series. Also 'Yeah-Noir', writing as a young mother, misogyny, science & the modern detective and Ngaio Marsh.Bound: The New Zealand city of Dunedin is rocked when a wealthy and apparently respectable businessman is murdered in his luxurious home while his wife is bound and gagged, and forced to watch. But when Detective Sam Shephard and her team start investigating the case, they discover that the victim had links with some dubious characters. The case seems cut and dried, but Sam has other ideas. Weighed down by her dad's terminal cancer diagnosis, and by complications in her relationship with Paul, she needs a distraction, and launches her own investigation. And when another murder throws the official case into chaos, it's up to Sam to prove that the killer is someone no one could ever suspect.Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.Produced by: Jem & Son, Paul Burke.Music credits: Don't Wait by Southgate and LeighPaul Burke twitter @paulodaburkaCrimeTimeTo buy this book: BOUND
TIM GLISTER talks to Paul Burke about his new novel RED CORONA and the 8 books that set him on the path to becoming a spy writer.Red Corona: It’s 1961 and the white heat of the Space Race is making the Cold War even colder. Richard Knox is a secret agent in big trouble. He’s been hung out to dry by a traitor in MI5, and the only way to clear his name could destroy him. Meanwhile in a secret Russian city, brilliant scientist Irina Valera makes a discovery that will change the world, and hand the KGB unimaginable power. Desperate for a way back into MI5, Knox finds an unlikely ally in Abey Bennett, a CIA recruit who’s determined to prove herself whatever the cost… As the age of global surveillance dawns, three powers will battle for dominance, and three people will fight to survive…Published by Point BlankCrime Time FM also get the exclusive reveal of the title of the next novel in the Richard Knox series...Books discussed:The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John le CarréFrom Russia with Love Ian FlemingOur Man in Havana and The Quiet American   Graham GreeneThe Ipcress File Len DeightonAscent Jed MercurioTo the Lions Holly WattThe Spy and the Traitor Ben McIntyreRed Corona by Jem&SonMusic: Don't Wait - Southgate and LeighCrime Time Burke twitter @paulodaburkaPhoto credit Mark Rusher
 Mystery Writers of America Edgar award winner  ROSALIE KNECHT talks to Paul Burke about her two novels WHO IS VERA KELLY and  2021 Sue Grafton Memorial Award  winner - VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY, about her wonderful creation Vera Kelly, New York in the 60s, CIA and US foreign policy, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Noir fiction, black humour in the novel, sexism, misogyny, satire and social work.WHO IS VERA KELLY: New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns war makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself.Click on these links Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery  and Who is Vera Kelly  to buy via who help support UK indie booksellers.                           And once again, Congratulations to Rosalie from all at Crime Time, Verve Books and No Exit Press on winning the EDGARThanks to Jem & son for producing this episode and Southgate & Leigh for allowing us to sample their song Don't Wait for this podcast.Click here for more information about CrimeTime Paul Burke twitter @paulodaburka
Barry’s Blu-rays Listen to the first episode in a new regular feature for CrimeTimeFM.BARRY FORSHAW on the best of crime film and TV on DVD and Blu-ray.Barry gives us his insights into the world of crime drama based on the commentaries and sleeve notes he writes for new releases and reissues. The first episode features Maigret and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing, as well as the ground-breaking Danish drama of the same name, The Killing, The Adam Dalgliesh Chronicles, Swedish gem The Bridge , The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and much more... Barry Forshaw is the crime fiction critic for the Financial Times and provides extras for Blu-rays. Books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating Award-winning Brit Noir, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (also a Keating winner), British Gothic Cinema, Italian Cinema: Arthouse to Exploitation, Sex and Film and BFI Classics: War of the Worlds. He edits Crime Time. Check out Barry in conversation with Ace Atkins about his new Spenser novel SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME CTFM#9. Available now.PAUL BURKE also runs through the CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION DAGGER AWARDS LONG LISTS. Highlighting some of the nominated authors, books and publishers:The full list of awards and nominees is available at: Barry's latest book Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide
ACE ATKINS talks to BARRY FORSHAW about his new Spenser novelSOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. 49th in Robert B Parker's Spenser series featuring the hardboiled Boston PI, his wingman Hawk and new feisty protege, Mattie. Published by No Exit Press and available now direct or from and good book outlets, as are all the Ace Atkins titles in the Spenser series.  bookshop.orgThe trio battle a depraved billionaire and his vicious female procurer, (remind you of anyone?)Ace tells Barry about:His initial reservations about becoming the new voice of the Spenser franchise and taking on the Robert B Parker mantle. Channelling Chandler, Hammett and the moral compass of hardboiled/noir fiction.Living up to the legacy of the greats.Writing Boston from the deep South.Quinn ColsonMaking movies and writing scripts. A writer's life in Oxford, Mississippi.Life as a newspaperman before 'fake news' and Trump.Domestic terrorism, the Washington invasion, right wing groups and the next novel in the Spenser series.andNot giving a damn about offending racists who read his books.It's fascinating and entertaining.Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-three books, including eight Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he has a third Edgar nomination for his short story Last Fair Deal Gone Down). He is the author of seven New York Times-bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times and a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and he played defensive end for Auburn University football.Barry Forshaw is the crime critic for the Financial Times and provides extras for Blu-rays. Books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating Award-winning Brit Noir, British Crime Film & British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (also a Keating winner). He edits Crime Time ( Look out for Barry's Blu-rays the first in a new regular feature on crime films and TV releases on CrimeTimeFM.Buy Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide at:
Anthologist, novelist, historian NICK RENNISON talks to Paul Burke about the latest anthology of short stories in the rivals to Sherlock Holmes series - AMERICAN SHERLOCKS.15 Mysteries from the Golden Age of American Crime Fiction, originally published during the same period as Conan Doyle was writing about Sherlock Holmes (late 19th/early twentieth century). Opening with proto-detective Uncle Abner in The Doomsdorf Mystery and taking in the ubiquitous Nick Carter, and finishing with the thinking machine, Augustus SFX Van Dusan, via Madelyn Mack, Philo Gubb, Violet Strange, Jigger Masters et al.Locked room mysteries, bumbling police officers, brilliant consulting detectives, endearing sidekicks, fist fights, fowl murder and much more. Nick's enthusiasm for his subject is catching.Nick tells us about his favourite Sherlock, the maestro on stage, screen and novel pastiche/homage, the successful spinoffs and the ones he's not so keen on,  Edgar Allen Poe's C. August Dupin and what the theme of the next rivals anthology might be...Buy this book
Cathi Unsworth chats to Paul Burke about her classic London novel BAD PENNY BLUES, (2009), just reissued by Strange Attractor Press. This new edition has a introduction on the importance of the novel by Greil Marcus  and an illuminating afterword by Cathi.Cathi tells Paul about her fictional account of the Hammersmith nude murders; 8 women were brutally killed between 1959 and 1965. Corruption, incompetence, and lack of care meant the women the were stigmatised as prostitutes - these crimes were never solved. This is a victim centred novel that really speaks to the tragedy and trauma of these terrible events and then victims experience. In telling their story Cathi explores the lives, last moments and humanity of the women.Bad Penny Blues is also a portrayal of London in the early 1960s, the thriving and vibrant life of the city, from the art scene to the music scene - from jazz to pop and the dawning of the swinging sixties. Several of the fictional characters draw on real personalities for their inspiration - Pauline Boty, Rachman, Profumo, Joe Meek, Colin McInnes and celebrated spiritualist and charity worker Mrs Moyes. Cathi discusses her own struggles writing such a traumatic tale. We also hear about the factual accounts of the crime that she drew on, victim blaming and misogyny of the time and what it's like living in Ladbroke Grove, a great community, but discovering this troubled past. Cathi talks about her friendship with Cookie, (otherwise known as author Derek Raymond), a genuine one off.As an added treat there's a wonderfully atmospheric dramatic reading from the novel by Cathi taken from the Transmissions series which is available on her own website, it's acollaboration with electronic composer Pete Woodhead, (co-composer on Shaun of the Dead). Burke twitter @paulodaburkaAuthor photo credit: Julian Ibbotson Buy this book at:
Edward Wilson talks to Paul Burke about his new spy novel THE PORTRAIT OF THE SPY AS A YOUNG MAN.This novel goes back to the beginning for William Catesby, the Cold War spy, here on his first mission during WWII. The story follows the undergraduate who gives up his place at university to join the army as he is dropped into France to join the resistance. Knowing who the enemy is is not a simple matter of the colour of the uniform. The experience of war is formative for the future SIS man now looking back on his past from his retirement.Edward discusses his homage to the brave operatives of SOE section F, William Catesby's encounters with the communist fighters, traitors an the terrible war crime at Oradour-sur-Glane, where a French village was wiped out by retreating German soldiers.Edward explains how his time is the US army as an intelligence officer in Vietnam informed Catesby's story. He also talks about the Cold War, Meeting PD James and living in Germany and Britain after giving up his US citizenship.Edward Wilson is without doubt one of the finest spy writers writing today. Portrait  of the Spy as a Young Man: Burke twitter @paulodaburka
American spy author PAUL VIDICH talks to Paul Burke about his fascination with the Cold War and  about his new Moscow set thriller THE MERCENARY.  The fourth in the George Mueller series, published by NO EXIT PRESS, all are available now.THE MERCENARY:A CIA mole in the KGB, codename Gambit, is willing to trade top secret weapons intelligence for ex-filtration to the West. When Station Chief George Mueller is compromised the CIA send Alex Garin to rescue Gambit. But they are soon second guessing that decision, is Garin trustworthy, after all his father was Russian? Garin and lover Natalya are caught up in a deadly game being played out between the CIA and warring factions inside the KGB. Is the spy with a Russian heart and an American head hero or traitor?Paul discusses his motivation for writing spy fiction, there's a huge nod to John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and honourable mentions for Charles McCarry and Freddie Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal. Paul's own family history is bound up with the Rockefeller Commission into MKUltra, the illegal CIA psychological warfare programme. His government scientist uncle Frank Olson was murdered, committed suicide or fell to his death from a New York hotel room in the 1950s depending on which account you believe.Paul also explains why all corporations are like the CIA. The MercenaryPaul Burke twitter @paulodaburka
Peter May talks to Paul Burke about his exciting new Enzo MacLeod thriller THE NIGHT GATE: A tale of a  modern day murder and a seventy year old corpse that comes to light at the same time, both lead back to the Nazi occupation of France in WWII, Vichy collaboration, one woman tasked with protecting French cultural heritage and Hitler and Goring’s obsession with the Mona Lisa.Peter also tells us about the revered Chinese detective with 500 million fans, his affinity with the Hebrides and Lewis, writing the new normal into fiction, why he’s enjoying some well earned down time but not looking forward to a coming French adaptation of one of his Chinese set novels relocated to Korea. Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:- the Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;- the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;- the Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France. The sixth and final Enzo book is Cast Iron (January 2017, Riverrun).He has also written several standalone books:- I'll Keep You Safe (January 2018, Riverrun)- Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK)- Runaway (January 2015, Quercus UK)- Coffin Road (January 2016, Riverrun)May had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.Buy THE NIGHT GATECrime TimePaul Burke twitter @paulodaburka
Tony Parsons talks to Paul Burke about his new novel YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S WIFE. A twist on Fatal Attraction - A one night stand, a stalker, a marriage destroyed, a murder...Tony discusses his love of iconic thriller/chiller Rebecca, the death of print journalism, David Bowie on drugs, gambling the pension on becoming a crime writer and why Lee Child bosses it.Tony Parsons is a bestselling novelist and an award-winning journalist. His books have been published in over forty languages and his multi-million selling novel Man and Boy won The Book of The Year prize in 2000. Most recently, he created the Max Wolfe crime series. Tony lives in London with his family.Crime Time
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