A weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction.
Hell’s Gate, by Richard Crompton (Sarah Crichton), has Maasai warrior-turned-detective Mollel (last seen in 2013’s Hour of the Red God) being banished from Nairobi, where he has managed to upset more than a few influential people, to the minuscule Kenyan community of Hell’s Gate. There, his investigation into the death of an impoverished flower seller leads Mollel into conflict with the corrupt local police force and ultimately to prison--where he is implicated in a murder. The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)--the sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea, one of my favorite crime novels of 2014--again finds ne’er-do-well Tom Hawkins in trouble. It’s the spring of 1728, and our “hero,” though innocent of the charges against him, is on his way to the gallows, after having rubbed elbows with dangerous criminals, the king’s mistress, and a thoroughly calculating queen.
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