Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir invite you to join them for a celebration of 90 years of making music in Oxford. Expect familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare The Christmas season is not complete without an evening spent in the musical and convivial company of the Cathedral Singers of Chr Aged 12 to 16 years with a passion for theatre? Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt: Thu 10th - Fri 11th Jan , Oxford Playhouse. An enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. Amandine Beyer and Kristian Bezuide An Evening with Alice Roberts: Fri 11th Jan , Sheldonian Theatre.
Talk at the Sheldonian Theatre. Art is a phenomenon and one of the most successful plays ever. Beautiful beasts and where to find them…. Brawn Wed 24th Apr , Oxford Playhouse. The Lives and Music of 19th century women composers. Carmen Sun 10th Mar , Oxford Playhouse. The Charivari Candlelit Christmas C Sat 22nd Dec , Exeter College.
David Lancaster of Trumpets and Ang Sat 29th Jun , Oxford Town Hall. Dead Dog in a Suitcase and other l Tue 14th - Sat 18th May , Oxford Playhouse. Part of the Keble Early Music Festival Athalia Sat 8th Jun , Sheldonian Theatre. The lord of the mince is back Other than that, the similarities kind of end, except that they are both police procedurals set in, primarily, Dublin and its surrounding areas.
This time, we find ourselves dealing with a low level thug who believes that he is on his way up and wants to shoot for a big score. Our anti-hero is Frankie Crowe. Frankie is tired of taking orders and decides that he is ready to break out on his own. The way to do this is by kidnapping one of the super-rich businessmen that Ireland now abounds with during its boom days.
He, along with three of his chums, decides on the target and spends all of a few days planning the job. Unfortunately, the target is not who he thinks he is, so he ends up taking the wife of the unfortunate substitute — a corporate lawyer. When things start to go wrong, Frankie starts to go crazy, and neither his chums nor the Gardai can figure out his next moves. This is an excellent novel.
Jul 07, Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing. Little Criminals is a cracking read and a lesson in how write all tell and no show, using tight, sparse, expressive prose. Rather than following one person, Kerrigan shifts the point of view, telling different elements of the story from the perspective of a handful of characters, principally the main criminal Frankie Crowe, his reluctant sidekick, Martin Paxton, kidnap victim Angela Kennedy, and copper John Grace. The character Little Criminals is a cracking read and a lesson in how write all tell and no show, using tight, sparse, expressive prose.
The characterisation is excellent, with each character's back story, neatly and efficiently set out, with a series of wonderful scenes and realistic dialogue. The plot is tight and gripping. The whole book is wonderfully evocative of Dublin before the crash, colliding together the worlds of criminal gangs and the corporate elite. Overall, an excellent tale, very well told. Feb 10, Nepeta rated it really liked it. Really could not stop reading this book, I lost sleep over it and finished in 24 hours. The picture of modern day Ireland is chilling, the mind set of the small-time criminals is convincing, the author's characters come alive.
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Looking forward to reading more by this author. Dec 28, Joanna rated it really liked it Shelves: Tense and gripping crime thriller, extremely well constructed and well written. The book follows the plot rather than being character driven - there are are a lot of characters which I found a bit hard to keep track of in the first third , none of whom we really get to 'know', but it is the story that you get right inside, that seems to have its own life and energy, turning and twisting towards its ending.
Although using a kidnap plot seemed a little cliched, the other twists felt plausible and Tense and gripping crime thriller, extremely well constructed and well written. Although using a kidnap plot seemed a little cliched, the other twists felt plausible and often inevitable, just how things would go. If you like crime thrillers this is definitely worth a read.
Jan 03, Pris robichaud rated it it was amazing. Little Criminal Minds, August 16, "Once in a while you come across a book that delivers a blow to the guts, and very occasionally a kick to the arse as well. Frankie has always wanted the easy way, it seems.
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Ever since he has been on the Little Criminal Minds, August 16, "Once in a while you come across a book that delivers a blow to the guts, and very occasionally a kick to the arse as well. Ever since he has been on the lam or loosely involved in someone else's capers. Now, he has decided that he wants to commit a large enough crime to set him up for life. He sets his sights on kidnapping a prosperous lawyer, Justin Kennedy. Frankie has old friends who join his 'crew' and the plans are set. This sets in motion a plan and plot that interests the garda. As all plans go awry when not well thought out, Frankie discovers that the better plan is to kidnap Kennedy's wife Angela.
One thing leads to another and one of the most exciting and well written crime novels moves ahead. Gene Kerrigan gives close attention to his characters. They are brought to life with exacting detail and we get to know them. To like them, is another matter, but we care. Besides his crew, we learn about Frankie's ex-wife and child, some of the towns people and, most of all the police.
The upper echelons and the lower ranks. Caught in the middle is John Grace, an honest detective. Those talents got him to a respectable level, at which he lingered. The rest of the book plays out the story of the kidnap from the viewpoint of all the gang members and those affected by the crime.
It is a mesmerizing glimpse into modern day Ireland, where the Church has little say and the young 'want what they want' as quickly as possible, paying little attention to the customs of yore. Past tragedies and dreams collide, and we have a glimpse into the world of the criminals and those lives that they shatter. May 24, Maddy rated it liked it Shelves: He's served some time for some minor infractions and lost his family as a result —now he's ready to take things to the next level, to do a job that has a big pay-off and forget about the penny ante stuff he did in the past.
He's done some research and determined that the crime that will provide the maximum return for the least amount of effort is to kidnap a wealthy individual and demand a ransom. He figures that a successful banker would make a perfect target; it is likely that they would have the contacts who could gather up large sums of money very quickly. Frankie forms a gang of his past associates with useful skills, and the game is on. There's only one problem which is discovered when they go to make the snatch—the intended victim, Justin Kennedy, is not a banker at all but rather deals in the financial industry.
Although wealthy, he doesn't have ready access to lots of cash. So the plan changes; Frankie feels that by kidnapping Justin's wife, Angela, instead, they're more likely to ensure that the ransom will be paid. In spite of everything, the best-laid plans tend to go awry and that's definitely what happens here.
Small mistakes lead to big consequences. It doesn't take long before the police have identified most of the players in the scheme. They're soon doing a lot of damage control, and things get out of hand, with death and chaos the rule of the day. I found a surprising lack of dramatic tension in the book.
It took a very long time for the whole set-up of the crime; there wasn't really much action once the kidnapping occurred. There was only one character in the whole book who was interesting to me one of the criminal gang ; I didn't really care about anyone else and didn't find any of them to be fully developed.
The idea for the resolution of the book was a good one; however, just as in the opening, it took far too long for Kerrigan to set up the premise and included a whole lengthy narrative thread of dubious value. About the only thing that they have in common is that they are both set in Ireland.
Dec 28, Bonnie Brody rated it it was ok. Frankie Crowe is a 'little criminal', a guy who wants to do things quickly, has a trigger temper and a great amount of rage inside of him. He's been in jail and, up till the present time during Ireland's economic boom, he's been involved in mostly petty stuff. He decides that he wants a bigger piece of the pie and puts together a plan, a team, and goes for it. To start off, he wants the okay of his mentor, Jo-Jo, the old world Godfather. Jo-jo thinks that Frankie's plan is bogus and tells him tha Frankie Crowe is a 'little criminal', a guy who wants to do things quickly, has a trigger temper and a great amount of rage inside of him.
Jo-jo thinks that Frankie's plan is bogus and tells him that it's not in his league. Frankie freaks out and murders Jo-Jo, his bodyguard, and his mother in a terrible bloodbath. Frankie postpones his plans for about a week but then he decides to go through with kidnaping who he thinks is the head of a bank. In Frankie's mind, the head of a bank has easy access to money.
Few writers combine as seamlessly as Hart does the subtlety, lyrical language, and melancholy of literary fiction with the pulse-pounding suspense of the best thrillers. Field of Darkness , by Cornelia Read. Every page is a pleasure in this mystery debut featuring barb-wielding, ex-debutante Madeline Dare. The Foreign Correspondent , by Alan Furst. Free Fire , by C. In the sixth installment of his celebrated Joe Pickett series, Box forges a perfect alloy of familiar and fresh. Ghostman , by Roger Hobbs.
First-novelist Hobbs possesses that rare ability for first unleashing and then shrewdly directing a tornado of a plot, but he also evokes Elmore Leonard in the subtle interplay of his characters.
The Girl on the Train , by Paula Hawkins. Melding the voyeurism of Rear Window with the unreliable narration of Gone Girl , Hawkins delivers a riveting tale about a woman peering into the lives of her former husband and his new lover. What makes this wicked thriller so compulsively readable is the way the author expertly mines female archetypes.
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Charismatic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is one of those characters who comes along only rarely in fiction: The God of the Hive , by Laurie R. The Godfather of Kathmandu , by John Burdett. The Good Physician , by Kent Harrington. A powerful yet remarkably subtle novel in which Harrington heaps plagues upon all the ideological houses whose bombs spray their shrapnel across our landscape.
Gone Girl , by Gillian Flynn. Flynn combines a corkscrew of a plot with her own twisted sense of humor in a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of a marriage. Gone Tomorrow , by Lee Child. Gone , by Mo Hayder. Heartsick , by Chelsea Cain. Another bravura performance from the magnificent Penny. Hush Hush , by Laura Lippman. With an intriguing cast of characters, stinging dialogue, and a superbly suspenseful plot, this is a provocative tale about parents good and evil.
Iron House , by John Hart. Liars Anonymous , by Louise Ure. The Limehouse Text , by Will Thomas. Live by Night , by Dennis Lehane.
A magnetic reimagining of the great themes of popular fiction—crime, family, passion, betrayal—set against an exquisitely rendered historical backdrop. As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. The Meaning of Night: A Confession , by Michael Cox. Cox invokes emotions, from the iciest betrayal to all-consuming love, on a grand scale and gives them an equally impressive backdrop: Mine All Mine , by Adam Davies.
Natchez Burning , by Greg Iles. The Nearest Exit , by Olen Steinhauer. The world of the CIA black-ops unit called the Tourists is a dazzling, dizzying, complex web of clandestine warfare that is complicated further by affairs of the heart. Night Film , by Marisha Pessl. Nobody Walks , by Mick Herron. Powerful stuff, written in a clipped style that belies its ability to convey strong emotion. An Officer and a Spy , by Robert R.
Best-selling historical novelist Harris looks behind a well-known event to find a world of fascinating detail and remarkably complex intrigue. The Orphan Choir , by Sophie Hannah. This riveting stand-alone, in which suspense snowballs to a climax that is all the more dire for its everyday contemporary English setting, is absolutely haunting, in every sense of the word. Out of Range , by C. Painted Ladies , by Robert B. His penultimate Spenser novel captures all the charm of the landmark series. Perfidia , by James Ellroy. Poison Flower , by Thomas Perry. The Prop , by Pete Hautman.
The Rage , by Gene Kerrigan. This tense, thoughtful thriller about an armored-car robbery gets into the heads of both the robber and the Dublin copper who tracks him. Start the word-of-mouth going: Kerrigan is the real deal. Red Means Run , by Brad Smith. Mixing comedy, caper, and suspense in just the right proportions, Smith keeps the narrative cantering along at a comfortable pace, not so fast as to keep us from enjoying the banter but not so slow as to make us want to use the whip.
Moving from WWII into the early days of the new century, the novel unfurls a complex plot in which the wounds of history continue to bleed in the present. A Rule against Murder , by Louise Penny. This fourth entry finds the inspector traveling to a remote resort to celebrate his wedding anniversary; naturally, murder is on the guest list. Despite similarities to Poirot and Maigret, Gamache is a complete original.
Building on his quasi-autobiographical saga Country of the Bad Wolfes , Blake uses the characters of his sprawling Mexican American clan to offer a new spin on the hard-edged outlaw tale. The Sacred Cut , by David Hewson. A masterful mix of the high-concept historical thriller and the cynical contemporary Italian procedural.
The Second Objective , by Mark Frost. The Secret Place , by Tana French. French brilliantly and plausibly channels the rebellion, conformity, inchoate longings, rages, and shared bonds of teen girls in the throes of coming-of-age. Secret Speech , by Tom Rob Smith. Shatter the Bones , by Stuart MacBride. The crimes two kidnappings are breathtakingly awful, the pacing is breakneck, and the stakes are higher than ever. Shovel Ready , by Adam Sternbergh. This galvanizing debut thriller boasts a compelling antiheroic protagonist—a garbage collector turned hit man—and a vividly evoked landscape in which Manhattan is reeling from a dirty bomb.
Mixing edgy science and urban noir with a Palahniuk swagger, Sternbergh creates flesh-and-blood characters who bring humor and a resilient humanity to their torn-asunder world. Gores creates a compelling backstory for Sam Spade and does it so completely in the Hammett style that we suspend disbelief in an instant. Spiral , by Paul McEuen. For its singular melding of radiant humor and dark deeds, this is must-reading for fans of literary crime fiction.
Suspect , by Robert Crais. Who would have thought that one of the most multifaceted and appealing new protagonists in crime fiction would be a hard-boiled dog? The Terrorist , by Peter Steiner. The Thicket , by Joe R. In this turn-of-the-century coming-of-age tale, year-old Jack Parker—accompanied by a pair of eccentric bounty hunters—tracks the outlaws who have killed his parents and abducted his sister. Memorable characters, a vivid sense of place, and an impressive body count make The Thicket another Lansdale treasure. Tigerman , by Nick Harkaway.
Harkaway is at it again, celebrating pop culture, mixing genres like a mad scientist, and producing a book that is both deeply moving and deliriously entertaining.
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