Twelve crime and intrigue-filled crime novels that arrive in January

The writer Benjamin Black
Fernando Bustamante

The Literary novelties of the beginning of the year are numerous and especially abundant in crime novels, a genre for which publishers have bet heavily in these weeks of January. The following are twelve novels arriving this month, filled with intrigue, crimes and investigations.

– ‘Quirke in San Sebastian‘, by Benjamin Black (Alfaguara) .- At the end of January this novel comes out signed with the pseudonym that the Irishman John Banville uses for the police genre and that is set in San Sebastián, where his famous researcher Quirke thinks he recognizes on his vacation a deceased friend of his daughter, presumably murdered by her disturbed brother, although her body was never found.

– ‘Abstinence‘by Ian McGuire (Seix Barral) .- Doyle, an Irish-American Civil War veteran, arrives in Manchester in 1867 with a thirst for blood. He has joined the Fenians, a secret society trying to End British rule in Ireland by all means. The one in charge of hunting him will be the policeman James O’Connor, who has fled from pain and drink, leaving Dublin behind to start a new life in England.

-‘Six four‘, by Hideo Yokoyama (Salamandra) .- More than two million copies have sold this novel in Japan, also adapted for film and translated into 30 languages, in which Corrupt businessmen and police abounds, the insatiable media and the kidnapping and murder of children.

– ‘The absent‘, by Juana Cortés Amunarriz (Espasa) .- In 2007 two hooded men kidnap a university professor in the Basque Country. When his wife receives the call from ETA claiming the terrorist action, she decides to do everything in her power to save her husband and will be swept up in violence.

– ‘Sons of February‘by Alan Parks (Tusquets) .- A young man is found violently murdered on the 14th floor of a building under construction in Glasgow and the word “goodbye” has been carved into his chest with a knife, a death that hits a well-known mobster and especially his wayward daughter. A new case for agent Harry McCoy, who will have to remember his tormented adolescence in orphanages and foster homes.

-‘The good father‘, by Santiago Díaz (Reservoir Books) .- Three people are kidnapped (a judge, a lawyer and a young student), each isolated in a secluded bunker. An 84-year-old man claims to be responsible and assures that he will surrender to the police if his son is released from prison, accused of killing his wife, and if the inspector Indira Ramos takes over the case to prove that his son innocent.

– ‘The forest messenger‘, by Maite R. Ochotorena (Planeta) .- A series of brutal unsolved deaths and the force of nature, which takes over the big city, come together in this crime novel set in Madrid.

– ‘The hour of the seagulls‘, by Ibon Martín (Plaza & Janés) .- Set in the Basque Country, the novel takes up the character of Ane Cestero, who will direct the investigation of a murder during the Hondarribia Show, a popular festival in which for twenty years the traditionalists, in favor of the fact that only men parade, have faced women who want to participate and those who support them.

– ‘Endless sky‘, by Kate Atkinson (Novel Alliance) .- After eight years of absence, detective Jackson Brodie returns who, moved to a quiet coastal town, is dedicated to collect evidence about a cheating husband until a chance encounter with a desperate man on a cliff leads him to discover a sinister web.

– ‘The lost secret‘by Patricia Gibney (Principal of Books). Third installment of the series starring the Irish inspector Lottie Parker, who investigates this time a crime related to events that occurred in a mental hospital and that it was the last case his father investigated before committing suicide.

– ‘The threshold of lies‘, by Elly Griffith (Maeva) .- Workers demolishing an old house discover the incomplete skeleton of a child Already a forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway tries to clarify its origin: Is it a ritual sacrifice carried out by our ancestors or the victim of a murder?

– ‘The Kingfisher Hill Murders‘, by Sophie Hannah (Espasa) .- The author known for having continued the Hercule Poirot saga returns with a new case of the detective created by her admired Agatha Christie.


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