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122 fantastic stories from Britain's best crime writers

For ten years the Mammoth Best British Crime series has been publishing an annual volume of the most outstanding crime and mystery short fiction published in the UK. Over 400 stories by the very best writers in the field have been published. Contributors have included, among many others, Mark Billingham, Liza Cody, Roger Jon Ellory, Reginald Hill, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid, John Mortimer, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, Derek Raymond and Andrew Taylor.

On several occasions, stories published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime have won some of the most prestigious awards in the field, including the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger, The Mystery Writers of America Edgar award and the Anthony award, while countless others have featured on the respective shortlists.

This truly bumper collection of over 120 stories, an omnibus edition of Volumes 7, 8 and 9, showcases as ever the impressive breadth of crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of the society in which we live, but, above all, there is an abundance of first-class entertainment.

Over 1600 pages of outstanding crime fiction by: Lin Anderson, Kate Atkinson, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Robert Barnard, Colin Bateman, Mark Billingham, Nigel Bird, Tony Black, Stephen Booth, Paul D. Brazill, Simon Brett, Gerard Brennan, Christopher Brookmyre, Alison Bruce, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Col Bury, Tom Cain, Ann Cleeves, Liza Cody, Natasha Cooper, Bernie Crosthwaite, Judith Cutler, Colin Dexter, Martin Edwards, Matthew J. Elliott, Kate Ellis, R. J. Ellory, Chris Ewan, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Allan Guthrie, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, David Hewson, Reginald Hill, Matt Hilton, Kate Horsley, Peter James, Paul Johnston, L. Kennedy, Bill Kirton, John Lawton, Simon Levack, Michael Z. Lewin, Toby Litt, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Stuart MacBride, Adrian Magson, Barry Maitland, Alexander McCall Smith, Keith McCarthy, Val McDermid, Brian McGilloway, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, Edward Marston, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Stuart Neville, Christine Poulson, Ian Rankin, Sarah Rayne, Peter Robinson, Nicholas Royle, Zoë Sharp, Roz Southey, Sally Spedding, Jay Stringer, Andrew Taylor, Marilyn Todd, Peter Turnbull, L. C. Tyler, Simon Kernick, Nick Quantrill, Sheila Quigley, Louise Welsh, Marc Werner and Kevin Wignall.

Sometimes a minor incident can have devastating effects. When a brief altercation between two women at an upscale Vancouver hair salon threatens to expose an international Chinese crime boss, flamboyant local banker Neil Mohle and his wife Vivian find themselves running for their lives and others grappling with the far-reaching fallout—including Neil’s client, Woodstock LNG.

Woodstock, along with a shady private investment fund, are strategic local participants in a Chinese consortium’s bid to develop a liquefied natural gas plant in British Columbia. Worth billions, this contract is the cornerstone of the political agenda of B.C.’s ambitious premier to ensure her re-election.

Coincidentally, embedded in the premier’s inner circle is Canadian Security Intelligence Service Officer, Hayden Jones. Working undercover as a special advisor on LNG, Jones is actually part of a CSIS federal investigation into Chinese money laundering—an investigation which begins to unravel as a consequence of the Mohles’ sudden disappearance and Jones’s own untimely intimate relationships.

With tentacles stretching from North America to Asia and a multifaceted plot involving high finance, crime, political intrigue, and romantic entanglements, The Banker’s Box will appeal to local and international readers alike. Set against the backdrop of the dynamic global finance industry, B.R. Bentley’s latest novel provides a riveting and unique look at the crumbling foundations that frequently support power’s elegant façade.

Fans of The Banker’s Box will also enjoy B.R. Bentley’s previous two novels, The Cross and The Bermuda Key. Visit www.brbentley.com for more information.
'One of British crime's most assured craftsmen . . . perfect entertainment' Guardian

Once again, the plumbing at Tawcester Towers is causing consternation for the Dowager Duchess, so - unusually for her - she gives her blessing for Blotto to take part in the 'Great Road Race' in his beloved Lagonda ... so long as he wins. The first prize of 10,000 pre-War sovereigns will help towards repairing the leaky ancestral home.

Blotto elects to take chauffeur Corky Froggett as his spare mechanic, while Twinks is despatched by her mother to the Highlands, to paint water colours and bag herself a wealthy husband. But, on the morning of the race's start, enfeebled by food poisoning, Blotto and Corky are forced to employ an extra mechanic on their team - a slender, blonde and rather attractive young American... named Ronald.

So Blotto and his team are pitted against Europe's finest, in a race which takes them through France, across the Alps, to a finish line at the Colosseum in Rome. Among the competitors are Florian Carré-Dagneau, indulged son of the race sponsors, Count Daspoontz from Germany, and the Italian Enrico Parmigiano-Reggiano. All want to win the race, and all want the prize money and all - with the exception of Blotto and his team - will resort to dastardly deception and fiendish sabotage to ensure Blotto's Lagonda is not the first car over the finishing line...

The ninth hair-raising adventure featuring the aristocratic brother and sister sleuthing duo!

Praise for Simon Brett:

'A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans' P. D. James

'Murder most enjoyable' Colin Dexter

'Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted' Sunday Times

'Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone' Jilly Cooper

A story of motives, consequences and unexpected conclusions that will confound any preconceptions... Goodman, Gibson and Partners is a psychological crime thriller that will have crime fiction enthusiasts enthralled by its unexpected twists and turns. Protagonist Adam is an older man caught up in family relationships and an unwise liaison who has a complicated tale to tell when it comes to whether he is guilty of sexually assaulting 14-year old Rachel Brooks. With family drama threatening to get out of control, Adam is attacked seemingly at random in a car park, and when the supposed victim of assault interrupts a family gathering, there are developments and repercussions no one was expecting. Thus unravels a complex crime story, which is full of false blame and biased figures in charge. At the end of the novel, the story takes an unexpected turn that will have readers questioning their deductive abilities. “We live, after all, in a 21st century Western liberal democracy, where miscarriages of justice and unsound convictions are rare, but where they do occasionally occur, go on to be recognised and rectified.” This is Adam's sardonic take on his brush with the criminal justice system. In the event, it is kinder on him than his struggle to come to grips with what family members are up to. Unlike many crime thrillers, Goodman, Gibson and Partners delves into the minds of individuals driven to commit crimes and of those affected by those crimes. It is a story that will leave readers asking whether the truth is ever easy to find.
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