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Book review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

Book review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

There are no high-speed car chases, shoot-outs or serial killers on the loose in acclaimed Japanese author Keigo Higashino's intriguing third murder mystery featuring "Detective Galileo".

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 6:54pm

'Shades' provokes variety of positions

'Shades' provokes variety of positions

If you happened to glance through the personals on Hong Kong's Craigslist recently, you might have spotted one titled "50 Shades of something more interesting". A year ago, the headline would have made no sense. But now, thanks to a middle-aged English woman named E.L. James, everything is clear.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:40pm

Distrust that Particular Flavor

Distrust that Particular Flavor by William Gibson G.P. Putnam's Sons (e-book)

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Take a bead on what to read

So, farewell 2011. You were a strange year where books were concerned. Julian Barnes triumphed at the Man Booker, at last. But like Howard Jacobson the year before, it was a pyrrhic victory won with a so-so novel, The Sense of an Ending.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sinister story is one novel you won't want to read at night

Buried Thunder By Tim Bowler Published by OUP ISBN 978 0 19 272838 8

There's nothing quite like a tight psychological thriller to keep a reader turning the pages, but this type of novel is difficult to manage because the author cannot put a foot wrong in tightening up the suspense as the story unfolds. One false move, and the reader is lost.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The Last 10 Seconds

The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick Transworld, HK$91

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A love story that broke all the rules

Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Published by Penguin ISBN 9780140620115

Neither the heroine nor the hero in Jane Eyre is considered beautiful. In fact, Charlotte Bronte is at pains to point out how much of a 'plain Jane' her female lead really is. She has no fortune and she is not pretty.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

An all-encompassing interactive online travelogue

While most travelogues found on the Web are personal accounts of the website hosts' travel experiences, this Chinese site brings together funny and exciting travel anecdotes from users around the world.

Users can post commentaries and pictures of their unforgettable travelling experiences for others to share.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Wave of fantasy novels invade the Net, inspiring a new generation of readers

When Tianjin trust company executive Zhang Muye decided to write the first of his fantasy novels a year ago, he never expected it to become a mainland internet hit.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Dead quirky

Seven years ago, best-selling crime novelist and film producer Peter James received a phone call from a policeman. Would he come and look at some film they'd seized in a raid? 'They wanted me to look at it with my filmmaking hat on and tell them whether it was acted or not,' says James, whose credits include The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Frights and fantasy

Alan Gibbon's Rise of the Blood Moon is an exciting fantasy fiction fight between the powers of good and evil. Each month, the blood moon rises and the monstrous hoards of Lost Souls come out of the darkness to satisfy their bloodlust. Their victims are the helpless Helati, for whom this fate is inevitable.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Crime fiction

True Evil

by Greg Iles

Schribner, HK$202

Sliver of Truth

by Lisa Unger

Shaye Areheart Books, HK$179

Bad Blood

by Linda Fairstein

Little, Brown, HK$203

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Back to basics

ERIC STONE IS out of place in the bar. He eschews the costumed chic, affecting nondescript. He takes a long drag on his cigarette and a short swig from his beer. 'So,' I begin, the smoke from my Dunhill curling towards the fans in Hong Kong's Fringe Club. 'It was Scarpetta who did it?'

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Better read than dead for tsar attraction

Before Boris Akunin became Russia's most bankable novelist, he was a disgruntled editor and critic, busy declaring that fiction was dead. He took to the pages of Russia's most high-toned literary journals and called on writers to give up fiction. 'I was arguing that, if you are a writer and you want to tell me something important, don't hide under fictionalised characters,' he says.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Travel Writing

Travel Writing

by Don George and Charlotte Hindle

Lonely Planet $148

1 May 2005 - 12:00am

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