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  1. Duma Key

    Posted Nov 09th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd by Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton, HK$120 It has been a weird few years for Stephen King. When he was scaring the world with wonderful novels such as Carrie, Misery and Pet Sematary, no one beyond his millions of fans wanted to know. Then slowly, he began to be taken seriously. King being King, he responded with Cell, an old-school shocker about killer mobile phones, ...

  2. The Dragon's Tail

    Posted Aug 10th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Dragon's Tail by Adam Williams Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128 The Dragon's Tail completes a loose trilogy of novels about China that began with 2003's The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure and continued with The Emperor's Bones. This third episode concludes an intelligently entertaining history lesson that Williams escorts from the Boxer Rebellion ...

  3. In God We Doubt

    Posted May 18th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan In God We Doubt by John Humphrys Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128 In God We Doubt won't make a believer of you, or turn you against God. Its aim is to appease agnostics. Which is why fundamentalists and atheists- among them British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, for whom religion is ridiculous and dangerous- are lined up as targets. John Humphrys' ...

  4. Reefer Men

    Posted May 18th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Reefer Men by Tony Thompson Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128 It looks- and reads- like a crime novel but Reefer Men is a true story about a group of 16 drug smugglers who made their fortunes getting Americans high. Theirs is an audacious tale with simple beginnings. When a marijuana 'famine' hit the US in 1969, savvy university students began a small-scale operation ...

  5. 101 Things You Wish You'd Invented

    Posted May 11th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... by record-cover designer Richard Horne and Tracey Turner, author of non-fiction books for children such as Hodder's Disgusting Dictionary, this book is not only filled with fascinating information ...

  6. Crusade

    Posted Feb 10th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Crusade by Robyn Young Hodder & Stoughton, HK$115 Robyn Young's first novel Brethren was 2006's best-selling debut. An epic yarn in every sense of the phrase, it was vast, enjoyable and old-fashioned fun. It was a historical thriller like authors used to write- and which Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett still do. Set on a vividly realised 13th-century globe, ...

  7. The Unquiet

    Posted Jan 20th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Unquiet by John Connolly Hodder & Stoughton, HK$115 The Unquiet is the sixth instalment in Irish writer John Connolly's increasingly impressive and unsettling series of crime novels. The term 'crime novel' hardly does justice to the heady brew of genres Connolly serves. While each episode centres on Maine private eye Charlie Parker, his ...

  8. Criminal Records

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Criminal Records by Andrew Holmes Hodder & Stoughton, HK$128 The comic crime caper is a ticklish novel to pull off. Christopher Brookmyre has done a decent job in recent years but for my money the modern master is Kinky Friedman, the country-singing detective who solves tightly plotted murders while snorting Chandleresque one-liners for breakfast: 'There ...

  9. Dead Men

    Posted Dec 28th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Dead Men by Stephen Leather Hodder & Stoughton, HK$94 Stephen Leather is the literary equivalent of the 'hard man' documentary. These films normally involve an actor with a 'tough' reputation (often but not always Vinnie Jones) driving about with gangsters who rabbit on endlessly about nailing people's heads to coffee tables. Leather ...

  10. The Dirty Secrets Club

    Posted Oct 12th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner Hodder & Stoughton, HK$105 If the blurb about The Dirty Secrets Club is anything to go by, Meg Gardiner has friends in high places. Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen and Jeffrey Deaver have all lined up to pour some sugar on Gardiner's new book. I'm not about to argue with any of them. You never know what trouble you ...




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