Janet Roger

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Janet Roger was apprehended for the first time at age three, on the lam from a strange new part of town. The desk sergeant looked stern, but found her a candy bar in his pocket anyway. Big mistake. He should have taken away her shoelaces. She's been on the run ever since.

As a teenager I’d read all of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe stories - not so long after they were written as I’d like to think - and they knocked my socks off. He wrote about Los Angeles and its neon-lit boulevards, its sour, gritty downtown and gun-toting cops (a novelty to this young European) and made them exotic. But what really got under my skin was Marlowe'svoice guiding me aroundthe next street corner, and beyond it into a stale apartment block or a down and low

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Janet Roger Well, I always did find that financial square mile - the City of London - exhilarating, but in 1988 something rather special happened there. Stop for…moreWell, I always did find that financial square mile - the City of London - exhilarating, but in 1988 something rather special happened there. Stop for a second and imagine you’ve got an absolute fortune riding on commercial real estate development, somewhere near to Wall Street. The ground is cleared, foundations are being dug out, and one day you get a call. It says everything is on hold, because excavations on the site have uncovered the first Viking settlement on Manhattan island! No kidding, something like that happens fairly regularly in the City, notably since reconstruction began after the blitz of World War 2. Today it can happen whenever a new subway is cut, or the latest, tallest skyscraper needs deeper foundations. In the square mile, the layers go right down to the original Roman settlement of London, and in 1988, a routine excavation for Guildhall’s new art gallery hit the jackpot. What the archaeologists found were signs of an amphitheater - think of the Colosseum in Rome itself - in the shape of an oval the size of a football field! Amazing. And it took another twenty years to preserve the remains in a spectacular gallery of their own. But it turns out those remains had first been recorded almost forty years before, when postwar reconstruction was first getting under way. The significance of what the archaeologists found, it was said, just hadn’t been spotted at the time. It set me thinking about the immense sums that were at risk - and the huge temptation to a cover-up - if the significance of the find had been appreciated. Only last year in Athens, for example, some ancient Greek remains were simply trucked out of a construction site (it’s assumed) and dumped overnight in a dry riverbed. Where the original site might have been, no-one could tell. Shamus Dust tells the story of another kind of cover-up at the outset of the Cold War. But in the most valuable square mile on the planet, the need is more urgent, the stakes are deadly, and the solution is nastier by far.(less)
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ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE | The Big Sleep at Eighty

Detective fiction? Let’s start with Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, logician, historian, philanderer-philosopher (epistemology can send a girl limp) and improbable Nobel laureate for his thoughts on marriage. In the year we’re interested in - he was in his late sixties by then – the British Earl expected to travel his long distances by train. Riding in first class, naturally, and prefaced a... Read more of this blog post »
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The Plot. Shamus Dust is brilliantly set in post-WWII London. The author creates such a dense historic atmosphere that I felt transported into that... Read more of this blog post »
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Fiction can be more deadly to received wisdoms than documentary evidence.

A Death in Mayfair makes the point as it opens. Armed officers face armed lawbreakers. Both are ready to use lethal force.

So? Where’s the surprise? Well, it’s that we’re in
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Wilfred Owen makes his well-known introduction to a 1920 collection of his poems: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity." I was half way through Grant’s memoirs when his next line came to mind: "This book is not about ...more
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"An excellent thriller, great plot, believable characters, a suprising ending everything that makes for a terrific yarn. My only criticism was a. little drawn out with the 1940's B grade movie dialogue at times a little overplayed. I have given an..." Read more of this review »
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