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Peter Robinson (1950 – 2022)

Inspector Banks meets Inspector Borubaev I was already a big fan of Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks books before I met him at the Emirates Literature Festival in 2015. My debut…
Tom Callaghan
October 13, 2022
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The West is still Wild

"When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the…
Tom Callaghan
October 7, 2022
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Read and Repeat

I hadn’t intended giving a negative review two weeks in a row. But there you go. I try to always say something positive. And in the case of Lee Child…
Tom Callaghan
September 29, 2022
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What the autopsy revealed

The first three or four Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell were ground-breaking: CSI forensics together with an interesting character with lots of quirks and problems in her life, both…
Tom Callaghan
September 23, 2022
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The dark beyond the dark

The death of Mo Hayder last year from motor neurone disease at just 59 was a major loss to crime and thriller fiction, not just in Britain but internationally.
Tom Callaghan
September 8, 2022
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The land of the smile?

‘In the morning, I woke to feel the world on my shoulders, which is where it normally sits. I know there are other cops all over the planet who feel…
Tom Callaghan
August 24, 2022
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1984… for real

For forty years, the East German State Security Service, better known as STASI, watched over its citizens with a brutal, repressive and highly effective regime that turned citizens into informants…
Tom Callaghan
August 17, 2022
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A New York state of mind

“The explosion sucked all the air out of the room in its wake. Dimitri slammed back into the wall, gut-shot. I …took a deep breath and walked around to where…
Tom Callaghan
June 24, 2022
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Trapped and doomed

Daniel Woodrell’s ‘The Death Of Sweet Mister’ could be described as falling into the same school of Southern Gothic as Flannery O’Conner and Carson McCullers, but I prefer Woodrell’s own…
Tom Callaghan
June 9, 2022
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Back After The Break

It’s been over a year since I posted anything here. And you’d be forgiven for thinking nothing more would ever appear. So a few words of explanation.
Tom Callaghan
May 3, 2022
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Office squabbles

Nurmat Bolponov, deputy head of the Drug Trafficking Service, shot at his subordinate Yesterday the head of one of the departments came to the office of the deputy head of…
Tom Callaghan
October 14, 2020
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Chaos

Kyrgyzstan is now in complete chaos: various political forces are trying to seize control of the country. Almost all of them are illegal.
Tom Callaghan
October 7, 2020
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Big Brother is watching you?

Three new covers for Orwell’s seminal ‘1984’. Not surprising, I suppose that all three feature the motif of an eye, taking as their inspiration from the slogan that dominates the…
Tom Callaghan
October 2, 2020
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Fame at last!

The excellent crusading online magazine, ‘ColdType’ this month features ‘Catch Your Breath’, which first drew breath on this blog.
Tom Callaghan
October 1, 2020
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Border guard detained

In September, the AKS GKNB detained the head of the Kulundu frontier post in the course of operational-search measures when giving a bribe to an employee of the state committee…
Tom Callaghan
September 29, 2020