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IDENTITY CRISIS By Ben Elton (Bantam £ 20)


By Ben Elton (Bantam £ 20, 384 pp)

DCI Matlock wants to move – back to the 20th century when life was so much easier.

Unfortunately, DCI Matlock is trapped in the present, "from his depth in an age of outrage," with the talent to cause insults rather than to catch criminals.

And now he's got two terribly tricky cases – the murder of a non-binary person and a cold case that deals with a celebrity's past sexual crimes.

The last celebrity to be accused? Uh, Samuel Pepys.

In the meantime, a serial killer could be released, Love Island has become poisonous, and there is an upcoming English referendum at risk of the interestingly initialed Colorful Jolly Prime Minister.

Ben Elton's 16th novel proves once again what a really talented comic book novelist he is – he is expertly designed, very clever and really fun.

ONLY AMERICAN BURNED IN HELL By Jarett Kobek (Serpent & # 39; s Tail £ 12.99, 304 pages)

ONLY AMERICAN BURNED IN HELL By Jarett Kobek (Serpent & # 39; s Tail £ 12.99, 304 pages)


By Jarett Kobek (Serpent's Tail £ 12.99, 304 pages)

There's a bit of storytelling in this novel – an intentionally silly plot about the Fairy Queen and her companion, a supernatural assassin named Rose Byrne; Another set in New York where a Saudi prince is on an expensive search for humiliation.

However, the main business of this novel is that the author takes the opportunity to tell us some domestic truths, such as about the U.S. military-industrial complex and the global elite.

He also reveals details about the Nazi links of his previous publishers and about this book itself with his shameless thefts by Kurt Vonnegut.

And finally, he is honest with us readers, the jewelry who read this "plump work".

Fair enough, it is sometimes plump, but thanks to the (yes, influenced by non-material) style, this feat of relentless hypercynism is also a real tour de force.


By Neil McCormick

(Unbound £ 8.99, 432 pages)

#ZERO By Neil McCormick (Unbound £ 8.99, 432 pages)

#ZERO By Neil McCormick (Unbound £ 8.99, 432 pages)

They would have thought Zero had little to complain about – he is young, beautiful, talented, and a sudden global superstar known as the "Irish Elvis".

But Zero is a charred mess.

Zero is still affected by his mother's death and has a relationship on the rocks.

He no longer has an award ceremony in New York, is in Times Square under a billboard, orders his driver to hand over the car keys and zooms away.

But it's not so easy to flee when half the country is looking for you and your face is the most famous in the world.

A lively satire of today's music industry by a rock critic with inside knowledge of his stupidest excesses.


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