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The best thrillers and crime fiction of 2019 so far

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Our critic rounds up the best crime fiction offerings of the year so far

Domino Island by Desmond Bagley (Harper Collins) ★★★★☆

British writers dominated the action thriller genre in the Sixties and Seventies, as if to show that, even post-Empire, we could still police the world, if only on paper. Leading our mega-sellers was Desmond Bagley, whose thrillers featured cucumber-cool Brits sorting out trouble in unusually well-realised exotic locations.

Bagley died in 1983, aged 59, but now an unpublished novel written in the early Seventies has come to light. Its narrator is Bill Kemp, the finest insurance investigator in London, who is dispatched to Campanilla, a Caribbean island that has gone...

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