Harvill Secker

Books published by Harvill Secker

The Kingdom

In an enclosed and remote Norwegian mountain community the rules of good and evil are played out in a manner more reminiscent of the Wild West. It's a place where family means everything and guilty secrets are buried deep …

Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Viv Beeby

Safe House

Charlie has a new life to go with her new name. But her past is closing in.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor


Detective Harry Hole's life is in chaos and when a deranged and vengeful enemy strikes at the very heart of it then Harry must face his darkest hour.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Viv Beeby

Death in the East

Captain Sam Wyndham is in the hills of Assam taking a cure for his opium addiction, when events bring to mind his experiences as a young constable in London in 1905, 17 years before.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts


Barrister’s wife Anna McDonald tries to console herself over the loss of her husband and children to the woman she thought her best friend by investigating the death of a former friend, but in doing so must face a threat from her own past.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Cleal

The Turn of the Key

Rowan lands what seems to be her ideal job, a role as live-in nanny with a family in a remote village in Scotland, paying a generous salary, bonus and with all living expenses covered. But what should have been a dream turns into a nightmare.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Madeleine Marsh

Lost You

It only took an inattentive moment to plunge Libby into every parent’s worst nightmare when her three-year-old son Ethan goes missing on holiday. And from some nightmares, there’s no waking up.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Linda Wilson


Private investigators Sam Berger and Molly Bloom are on the run from the authorities, burned from previous investigation, and hiding in the depths of snowy north Sweden. But soon they are asked to follow up on the letter from a distressed and seemingly paranoid woman who knows secret details of a murder case from long ago.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Ewa Sherman


Allison is missing, presumed dead. And she needs to keep that belief going if she is to stay alive.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Shadow Killer

When a travelling salesman is found shot in a basement flat, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied forces as it’s 1941 and British and American soldiers are stationed in Iceland. But the investigation takes a turn into the past and uncovers evidence of dubious experiments carried out on Icelandic boys.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Smoke and Ashes

Drug addict war veteran Captain Sam Wyndham, now a senior officer in the British-India police, is surprised in an opium den by a vice squad raid. During his escape he finds a mutilated body and then stumbles into a plot to disrupt a royal visit.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by John Cleal

Star of the North

A young black Korean-American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island. Her twin sister refuses to believe she may be dead and is herself later recruited by the CIA to find the truth and go undercover into the world’s most secretive state.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by John Cleal

Watching You

Detective Sam Berger is convinced that a third missing 15-year-old girl is in fact another victim of a serial killer. He’s forced to deal with his long-buried personal demons to understand and catch the murderer.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Ewa Sherman

After the Fire

Fredrik Welin was lucky to escape the fire in his home alive, but now he must rebuild his life, and find out who wanted him dead.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Shadow District

In wartime Reykjavik, a body of a young woman is found behind the National Theatre. An Icelander and a Canadian start investigation. In the present times an old man is discovered dead in his own bed. Newspaper cuttings found in his home report that particular death.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Here and Gone

Audra and her two children have escaped an abusive husband, but her road-trip across the US turns out to be a case of out of the frying pan into the fire when Sean and Louise are abducted.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Lying Game

Four women are reunited after 17 years in hiding. And if they don’t get their stories straight, it is the end of the lying game – and maybe even their lives.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

A Necessary Evil

India 1920: Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta police force visit the native state of Sambalpore to investigate the assassination of a Maharajah’s son.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Long Drop

William Watt, a Glasgow businessman widely suspected of murdering his wife, daughter and sister-in-law, has arranged a meeting with a known criminal, Peter Manuel, who claims to have information that will establish Watt’s innocence.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Arnold Taylor

A Climate of Fear

A woman is thought to have committed suicide in her bath but Commissaire Adamsberg refuses to be convinced. Further apparent suicides, linked by the drawing of a strange symbol convince the investigating team that they are pursuing a serial killer.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by John Barnbrook

Death Zones

In Belorussia in July 1943, a few hundred miles west of the advancing Russians, a German general is killed by partisans. Oberleutnant Heinrich Hoffman is pressed to find the man responsible.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Woman in Cabin 10

Travel journalist Laura ‘Lo’ Blacklock finds that no one believes her story when she claims to have heard a loud splash and seen bloodstains during a luxury cruise.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Midnight Sun

Jon Hansen is on the run after betraying Oslo’s biggest crime lord, the Fisherman. But hiding in a small town in the far north of Norway, close to the Arctic Circle, brings its own dangers, and the never-ending daylight is just one of them.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Ewa Sherman

After You Die

Peterborough Hate Crime cops DI Dushan Zigic and DS Mel Ferreira are out in the sticks this time after a woman is murdered and her disabled daughter left for dead.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Sharon Wheeler

Europa Blues

A gangster is eaten by wolverines in Stockholm Zoo. A celebrated professor is executed in the Jewish cemetery. Eight East European women from a refugee hostel disappear. The Intercrime Unit investigates how and why these cases might be connected.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Dark As My Heart

Aleksi’s mother disappeared without a trace when he was only 13. Twenty years later he is convinced that a charismatic millionaire Henrik Saarinen has murdered her.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Ewa Sherman


1953: A young girl disappears on her way to college. A newly promoted detective Erlendur is only starting out. 1979: A woman discovers a corpse floating in a blue lagoon. Erlendur is obsessed, though, with the cold case.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Ewa Sherman

The Drowned Boy

Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer is still grieving for the loss of his wife. And he cannot shake off the feeling that something is not right when he investigates the drowning of a small boy.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Ewa Sherman

Those We Left Behind

DCI Serena Flanagan has just returned to work after breast cancer – and finds a nightmare case from her past come back to haunt her.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Murder of Harriet Krohn

Charles Torp has problems. He misses his dead wife and his gambling addiction has driven his teenage daughter away. His plan to solve his problems and win her back goes horribly wrong.

Reviewed on 08 May 2015 by John Cleal

Tell No Tales

Peterborough’s hate crimes unit - DI Dushan Zigic and DS Mel Ferreira – battle community tensions as they investigate a hit and run accident and also the murder of two immigrants who were kicked to death

Reviewed on 24 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

An Event in Autumn

Inspector Kurt Wallander is about to buy a house from a colleague – but he makes a gruesome discovery in the garden.

Reviewed on 10 January 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Dog Will Have His Day

Whilst keeping watch on the occupant of a house in Paris, Louis Kehlweiler, now made redundant by the Justice Department, spots something that turns out to be a small human bone. In spite of being ridiculed by the police when he takes it to them, he decides to investigate.

Reviewed on 15 November 2014 by Arnold Taylor


Five young people share a small Tokyo flat and similar lifestyles, but how much do they really know about those they live with

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Chris Roberts

To the Top of the Mountain

Something dangerous is approaching Sweden and only Detective Paul Hjelm and his colleagues at the Intercrime team can stop it.

Reviewed on 04 October 2014 by Tracy Johnson

The Final Silence

When Rea Carlisle forces open a locked door in the house of her dead uncle, she finds a scrapbook with a difference, not full of family photos, but of things like fingernails and hair, mementos of his victims.

Reviewed on 06 September 2014 by Linda Wilson

Black Chalk

Six new Oxford students form an instant friendship. At the Freshers’ Fair they sign up with the mysterious Games Society and The Game – an elaborate mixture of luck and consequences emerges. Early penalties are trivial but become more humiliating as they are played out against a background of changing relationships which inevitably lead to tragedy.

Reviewed on 23 August 2014 by John Cleal

Long Way Home

DI Zigic and his colleagues from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit find little co-operation in investigating the brutal death of an immigrant.

Reviewed on 08 March 2014 by Chris Roberts

The Andalucian Friend

Nurse Sophie Brinkmann befriends a patient, Hector Guzmann.  He is charming, urbane and an international drug dealer.  Sophie then finds herself and her family embroiled in a world of violence and murder.

Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Sylvia Wilson

My Criminal World

Crime writer David Slavitt is struggling to boost a flagging readership and to get to the bottom of his wife’s apparent alienation.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Chris Roberts

City of Blood

When Siphiwe goes to help a stabbing victim he becomes involved with two violent gangs, both of which will kill him for the information he has.

Reviewed on 20 September 2013 by Chris Roberts