We're heading into the dark underworld of crime and trials in this episode of the Penguin Podcast, so prepare for a little sleuthing, a little violence and a lot of intrigue!
Leading us into the world of espionage and conspiracy is the master of the spy novel himself - John le Carré - with two short extracts from the audiobook edition of his new book A Delicate Truth.
Following that we have Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking, talking about his new Penguin Special, The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking. Fact is stranger than fiction in his tour of old Peking's criminal underbelly, and there are certainly a few sinister characters that could warrant a book all on their own!
We then have an interview with debut author Austin Ratner whose book, The Jump Artist, explores the remarkable true story of Philippe Halsman, a photographer of the greatest names of Bohemian Paris, and his involvement in a shocking murder trial that shook Europe.
Finally, we have an audiobook extract from James Oswald's Natural Causes, read by Ian Hanmore.
*Warning* This book opens on a crime scene, so if this extract causes adverse symptoms of extreme fear, call the special Natural Causes Helpline on 0800 083 0414.