Mike Nicol

Mike Nicol is a journalist and writer and now a hard-core crime fiction addict. He's published two crime novels - Payback and Our To Score (a co-authorship), and is a founder of the blog Crime Beat. He lives on Cape Town's peninsula, up a mountain, in the teeth of the wind. Visit Mike at: www.crimebeat.book.co.za.

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol I started reporting on South African crime fiction for International Thriller Writers back in October 2008…

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol A couple of months ago Deon Meyer won a Barry Award for his novel, THIRTEEN HOURS. Now he’s back with his …

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol Recently, a political science student by the name of Thorne Godinho took SA crime fiction writers to task …

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol September was a busy and notable month for SA crime fiction what with Deon Meyer winning the Barry award f…

News From South Africa

One of the fascinating elements of crime thrillers is what they have to say about social issues.  In the last couple of …

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol Back in 2005, the top literary award in South Africa (the Sunday Times Fiction Award), went to a novel tha…

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol The CWA did a survey of the body count in British crime fiction last year and came up with an average of 8…

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol Last month at the winelands village of Franschhoek there was a literary festival that has become something…

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol Three takes on the South African crime fiction scene this month.  The first, an outsider’s perspective, by…

News From South Africa

By Mike Nicol After missing the March issue of The Big Thrill, sorry about that, – partly because I was on holiday, part…

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol While rains have flooded other parts of South Africa, the Fairest Cape has been anything but fair over the…

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol It’s 2011 but it’s best to start at the end of 2010.  Last year was a dire one for book sales in South Afr…

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol Well, the first crime fiction festival to be organised by South African crime writers happened over the fi…

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol The power of Facebook proved itself this past month when one of our crime novelists, Jassy Mackenzie, lame…

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol Crime fiction and books on true crime I tend to see as two very different things, especially in a country …

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol Two years ago a hard-hitting anti-capital punishment book hit the shelves here called Shepherds & Butc…

News from South Africa

By Mike Nicol The issue central to this month’s column actually came up during a panel discussion at the London Bo…

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