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  • Kati Hiekkapelto and Ragnar Jonasson at Newcastle Noir

    Kati Hiekkapelto and Ragnar Jonasson at Newcastle Noir

    Award-winning crime author Kati Hiekkapelto will be flying in from Finland to take part in Newcastle Noir this weekend (2/3 May), as part of a fabulous line-up (check it out here: http://www.litandphil.org.uk/documents/NewcastleNoirbrochure.pdf). Kati’s debut novel The Hummingbird was met with international acclaim and has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award. The sequel, The Defenceless, which will be published by Orenda Books this September (sampler available at Newcastle Noir) won Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2014. Kati will appear on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm in the ‘New Blood’ panel, with Eva Dolan, Susi Holliday and Susan Wilkins, chaired by Sarah Ward. After the London launch of his magnificent crime thriller Snowblind on 30th April, Ragnar Jonasson will join his translator Quentin Bates and bestselling French crime novelist Dominique Manotti with her translator Ros Schwartz on Sunday 3 May at 11.30am, in a fascinating ‘Crime in Translation’ panel chaired by Jacky Collins. Read More

  • Hardisty & Hiekkepelto talk *New Noir* with Barry Forshaw 11 May!

    Hardisty & Hiekkepelto talk *New Noir* with Barry Forshaw 11 May!

                We’re delighted to announce that Paul E. Hardisty, Canadian-Australian author of the extraordinary debut thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying will be appearing at the Authors Club in London on Monday 11th May, with the fabulous Kati Hiekkapelto. Kati’s debut crime novel The Hummingbird has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award, and its sequel, The Defenceless, will be published in September. Our lovely authors will be in conversation with Barry Forshaw! Here’s what’s happening: Join us for an exciting international evening of readings and discussions about the future of literary noir in a globalised world, with the Australian novelist Paul Hardisty and award-winning Finnish writer, punk singer and performance artist Kati Hiekkapelto Paul Hardisty’s  The Abrupt Physics of Dying has been described as “A stormer of a thriller – vividly written, utterly topical, totally gripping”. Read More

  • Cal Moriarty on faith and killing Bobbi

    Cal Moriarty on faith and killing Bobbi

    We are hugely excited to have Cal Moriarty on the Orenda Community Blog this week. Not only is this one of the most accomplished debuts you could ever read, it also marks the first-EVER book that Faber has published from their own Faber Academy. Sophisticated, page-turning, troubling and with an exquisite sense of place, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is one novel that will undoubtedly make its way onto the bestseller lists, and we challenge you to work out ‘whodunnit’. Our verdict? Completely unputdownable. The characters are not only believable but you will find yourself championing the ‘wrong side’ before you know it. Nothing is what is seems in this book, and the twists and turns draw you deeper into a mystery that will definitely leave you thinking. Smart, sassy and beautifully written, this is an exceptional thriller. Read More

  • Luca Veste revisits The Dying Place

    Luca Veste revisits The Dying Place

      We’re back on the Orenda Books Community Blog and absolutely delighted to welcome bestselling crime writer, Luca Veste, author of Dead Gone and The Dying Place. Set in Liverpool and with a memorable set of cops, DI Murphy and DS Rossi leading the action, Luca’s thrillers are gritty, authentic and completely unputdownable. We loved Dead Gone, and The Dying Place notches up another huge thumbs-up. Driven by serious issues, terrifyingly dark and ticking both the psychological thriller and police procedural boxes, this is one book you don’t want to miss. Read on for fascinating insights into the books, Luca’s motivation, and more!   The Blurb: A fate worse than death … DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary’s Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His body is covered with the unmistakable marks of torture. Read More

  • Dancing our way to Waterstones in Glasgow …

    Dancing our way to Waterstones in Glasgow …

    And yes, ANOTHER fabulous launch in Scotland for David F. Ross‘s gorgeously evocative and far, far too funny The Last Days of Disco! We’re hitting Waterstones in Argyle Street on 26th March (a Thursday, so you can partake  – and the drinks are on us!). Here are the details. Read More

  • Edinburgh, here we come! For Disco, of course!

    Edinburgh, here we come! For Disco, of course!

    We are completely thrilled to have the very first event for David F. Ross‘s stunning debut novel The Last Days of Disco at the brilliant Looking Glass Books! Tip up from 6. Read More

  • David F. Ross is bringing Disco to Hull!

    David F. Ross is bringing Disco to Hull!

    Yes, it’s true folks! The about-to-be City of Culture have got their eye on the ball – the DISCO BALL, of course! They’ve invited the amazing David F. Ross to be ‘Head in a Book’ on 8th April! We are SO bringing the disco to you! Have a peek at the details. The Last Days of Disco. Need any persuading? Have a look this quote from the one and only John Niven: ‘If you lived through the early eighties this book is essential. If you didn’t it’s simply a brilliant debut novel. Read More

  • The Last Days of Disco Blog Tour starts TODAY!

    The Last Days of Disco Blog Tour starts TODAY!

    Completely thrilled to have 14 brilliant bloggers on board for this one! Get on your dancing shoes and step back into 1980s Ayshire with David F. Ross‘s fabulously authentic, hilarious, heart-rending The Last Days of Disco! Before we begin, I should probably tell you that John Niven said this: ‘If you lived through the early eighties this book is essential. If you didn’t it’s simply a brilliant debut novel.’ Excited? We are. Read More

  • Kati Hiekkapelto wins top Finnish crime award

    Kati Hiekkapelto wins top Finnish crime award

    We are thrilled to announce that our amazing author Kati Hiekkapelto has received the coveted Clew of the Year Award for her stunning thriller The Defenceless – sequel to her debut novel The Hummingbird. This award is presented by the Finnish Whodunnit Society for the best Finnish crime novel of the year. On top of this, we’ve now learned that The Defenceless was one of the top-ten bestsellers in Finland, across all genres, in 2014. Is the Glass Key next? The Defenceless marks the return of police investigator Anna Fekete and her partner Esko, who are led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs, gangs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only their beliefs, but their lives. Chilling, disturbing and terrifyingly believable, The Defenceless is an extraordinary, vivid and gripping thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction. Read More

  • 10-part TV series for Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum thrillers

    10-part TV series for Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum thrillers

    A brand-new Varg Veum series (10 episodes) is being made for TV! The 60-million-krone series will start filming in Bergen in 2016/17, and air in 2018, with worldwide distribution. Once again, the extraordinary Trond Espen Seim (pictured below) will play the role of private investigator Varg Veum. This marks the third series of films based on Gunnar Staalesen’s exceptional crime thrillers and his latest three books (We Shall Inherit the Wind, No One Is So Safe in Danger and Where Roses Never Die), all translated by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, will feature in the films. Congratulations to Gunnar Staalesen! You can see him at CrimeFest, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Bloody Scotland. Read More