BEAUTIFUL DEMON by Jeong yu-Jeong (right) is a literary, taut, edge-of-your-seat page-turner by Korea’s female master of psychological suspense (EunHaeng NaMu Publishing Co Korea; Little, Brown UK; Penguin US). THE PLOTTERS by Un-su Kim is the winner of the Mumhakdongne Prize and Grand Prix de Literature Policière: a complex moral tale and a noir thriller with a vein of humour (TEXT WEL; L’Aube Noir France; Munhaldongne Publishers Korea). SWALLOWING MERCURY by Wioletta Greg is a novella about the ordinary passing of years filled with extraordinary days, and a portrait of the adult world encroaching on the child’s (Portobello WEL; Czarne Publishers Poland).
THE PAINTER OF THE WIND by JM Lee is a serial killer murder mystery and love story set in 18th-century Korea, and based on real life Sin Yunbok, the artist who vanished leaving behind the masterpiece “Portrait of a Beauty”. THE PEACE MACHINE by Ozgur Mumcu is set in the early 1900s in Istanbul, Belgrade and Paris, and deals with the question of whether a peace machine could ever bring an end to all wars. In THE GIFT FROM DARKNESS, Andrea Claudia Hoffmann tells the story of Patience Ibrahim, a pregnant Nigerian girl who was kidnapped by Boko Haram (Little, Brown UK; Other Press US).