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Best books of | Financial TimesFrom serial axe murderer in early 20th-century New Orleans to a bitter Venetian saga of suicide and revenge. With such unlikely figures as Oscar Wilde being dragooned as sleuths in crime fiction, perhaps jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong is not such a stretch — Ray Celestin's debut novel places him as one of a group on the trail of a serial axe murderer in early 20th-century New Orleans. There's a challenge for this writer: how does he follow this up? To the present, and a new trend in crime writing: socially committed novels set in cloistered immigrant communities in the UK. With two quirky coppers from non-English backgrounds and a vivid panoply of a Peterborough some distance from customary perceptions of the historic cathedral town , this is crime fiction of authority, making some cogent points amid the pulse-racing.
10 Best Fiction Books of 2014
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We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books they read this year. Most listed new books, but a few picked older favorites or ones that will come out in the new year. It felt like a fitting way to spy on historical events that are impossible to look at but that must, nevertheless, always be kept in sight. One difference is that, despite everything, Wharton somehow makes us root for, if not exactly like, the unsinkable, unthinkable Undine. I was thrilled by the way Knausgaard dared to explore the absolutely mundane, while also being unembarrassed about considering the utterly transcendent. In their very different ways, Cusk and Macdonald both admirably resist succumbing to the very British disease of self-deprecation, while also skirting any temptation to present an easily likeable literary persona.
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