Norway, Australia and London crime

There are lots of good reviews of books "out there" just now. A few:

Max at Revish is the latest to review The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. Somehow this book has been sitting unread in my house for some months — I am not sure why as all the reviews I’ve seen indicate it is a must-read. (See here and here for a couple more.)

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise is working her way through a series by Gabrielle Lord, which sounds pretty cool. Kerrie writes: "13 titles in 10 years is no mean feat, and in that time she has collected 2 awards: The Ned Kelly Award for best novel in 2002 for DEATH DELIGHTS, and a Davitt Award in 2003 for the best Australian crime novel by an Australian woman in the previous year for BABY DID A BAD, BAD THING. Another interesting thing about Gabrielle is that she has written not only stand-alones, but also with a male protagonist, Jack McCain, and a female one, Gemma Lincoln."

Reviews at Material Witness are always worth reading, whatever the view of the book: this one, on Impeccable Sources by David Brewerton, is no exception: "In his debut novel, David Brewerton, former hack and public relations man, offers a revealing and honest insight into the world of the printed media, as seen from the business desk of a major London-based daily, where an Aussie hack, Cassandra Brown, is handed the story of a lifetime, the sort all journalists dream of:  rich, successful advertising mogul disappears in mysterious circumstances while on holiday, leaving behind a wife he may have been cheating on (with a supermodel, naturally), personal financial woes, a hint of boardroom corruption and nakedly ambitious colleagues quite prepared to do the dirty on him dead or alive."

Update: here’s a review of Ken Bruen’s Ammunition, by the admirable Glenn Harper of International Noir Fiction.