Pushkin Vertigo

Books published by Pushkin Vertigo

The Honjin Murders

A newly-wed couple are found dead inside a house locked from the inside, with the weapon, a bloody samurai sword, stuck in the snow outside. Renowned detective Kosuke Kindaichi is on the case.

Reviewed on 22 August 2020 by Chris Roberts

Darkness for Light

Deaf Melbourne-based PI Caleb Zelic goes to meet a new client but finds him dead, and is drawn into a dispute he only vaguely understands but with participants prepared to kill wherever necessary.

Reviewed on 23 May 2020 by Chris Roberts

A Stranger in My Grave

Daisy Harker has everything: a beautiful home and a wealthy businessman husband who loves her. She also has a recurring nightmare – she sees her own grave and a date that means she has been dead for four years! On the edge of a breakdown, she hires an investigator.

Reviewed on 23 May 2020 by John Cleal

The Mongolian Conspiracy

Filiberto Garcia, a Mexico City police hitman, is assigned to investigate when rumours are heard of an assassination planned for the US president on a forthcoming visit.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

Murder in the Crooked House

In a strange house built at the isolated northern tip of Japan, guests who’ve gathered for New Year start dying. Renowned detective Kiyosi Mitarai is called in to find out why.

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by Chris Roberts

Casanova and the Faceless Woman

Louis XV’s Inspector for Strange and Unexplained Deaths investigates the macabre death of a young whore and is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue where he is partnered with adventurer and seducer Giacomo Casanova.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by John Cleal

And Fire Came Down

Caleb Zelic is visited by a girl seeking his help and returns to his home of Resurrection Bay to try to establish what she was running from.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Chris Roberts


When a priest is killed in what is made to look like a Jewish atrocity, Harry Kvist has his suspicions. An opportunity for payback is difficult to refuse.

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Gravediggers' Bread

A man finds a wallet belonging to an attractive blonde woman who had made a telephone call from a kiosk shortly before he did. It contains her photograph and 8,000 francs, and he decides to look for her in order to return the wallet.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Lady Killer

Ichiro Honda spends his weekday evenings cruising the bars for lonely women who can fulfil his fantasies. Then his pick-ups start dying.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Execution of Justice

A man of substance walks into a restaurant, shoots a man dead, and strolls out. He is convicted of the crime, but then hires a lawyer to establish his innocence.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Master Key

In post-war Tokyo, the K Apartments for single women accommodates aging residents, many with secrets and some with sinister or bizarre patterns of behaviour.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Chris Roberts

Resurrection Bay

When friend and employee Gary Marsden is found with his throat cut, boss of PI firm Trust Works Caleb Zelic is traumatised, and desperate to find the man responsible.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Judge and his Hangman

The murder of a policeman turns out to be the final act in a life-long struggle between Inspector Berlach and his nemesis, a criminal mastermind.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Pledge

A detective becomes fixated with a serial killer of young girls, and sacrifices his career and mental health in an attempt to bring the man to justice.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

Death Going Down

A beautiful young woman is found dead in the lift of a luxury Buenos Aires apartment block. Inspector Ericort and his assistant Blasi try to find out why.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Wicked Go To Hell

A secret service agent is imprisoned with a spy, and instructed to engineer an escape for the pair in the expectation that the spy’s boss will then make contact and be revealed.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

You Were Never Really Here

Joe, a former FBI agent and Marine, is a gun for hire. He’s employed to rescue a senator’s daughter from a Manhattan brothel, and stumbles into a deadly web of conspiracy.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by John Cleal


In a dull grey town outside Paris, a teenage girl becomes obsessed with a glamorous American who offers the dream of a more exciting future.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Mystery of the Three Orchids

As models parade her new creations, fashion house owner Cristiana O’Brian discovers the body of one of her staff on her own bed. Commissario Carlo De Vincenzi  must untangle a web of deceipt and blackmail to find the killer.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by John Cleal

Little Apple

Five Austrian prisoners of war, released by the Russians in 1918, have sworn to seek revenge on the Camp Commandant.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor

Bird in a Cage

It is Christmas and Albert Herbin, after a long time away, is visiting his old home in one of the poorer parts of Paris. He meets a young and attractive woman in a brasserie and begins to feel hope for the future.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

She Who Was No More

Salesman Ferdinand Ravinel and his lover, Lucienne, an ambitious doctor, plan to murder his wife for the insurance money. When her body disappears Ferdinand is plunged into a nightmare world of self doubt.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by John Cleal

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

An artist is found murdered in a locked room and a note in his desk gives his plans for the creation of Azoth – a mystical figure - from the bodies of six women. Soon after, the plan is put into effect: six of his daughters and nieces disappear.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Chris Roberts


Gévigne, a married man, contacts an old friend, a former policeman, after many years.  He asks him to carry out an investigation into the behaviour of his wife, who is given to dream-like states and periods of apparent absence from the material world.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Arnold Taylor

The Disappearance of Signora Giulia

When the much younger wife of an eminent lawyer disappears, Commisario Corada Sciancalepre must trace her, but finds himself deep in a tangled mystery.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by John Cleal