I have been so taken with translated fiction over the past months that I realise it is a while since I wrote a post about the International Thriller Writers selections. The June newsletter from the organisation has reminded me of this fact. The ITW highlight 47 new (in the USA) titles for June, including two debuts. A few of my choices for consideration for my "to read" shelves:
I'm almost at the point of no return with Karin Slaughter, but am mildly interested in her latest, Broken. "Detective Lena Adams is thrown into a mess of trouble when a suspected suicide turns into a bloody murder. Sara Linton, back in town for the first time in almost four years, sees an opportunity to finally put away the woman she holds responsible for ruining her life. She calls in Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Will Trent to investigate the investigators. He thinks he's solved part of the case, but then another body is found and yet again Grant County's idyllic small town world is turned upside down." If the Sara/Lena plot moves faster (or even at all) and there are fewer (i.e. no) gruesomely imaginative ways of torturing women, I'm game. There is a Q&A with the author as well as a few more details about the latest novel.
A new-to-me author and book is Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler, who writes: "While it stands alone, Ashes to Water continues the story of Annie Bartlett who grows up in my collection of linked short stories, Rules of the Lake, both set in Florida. In Ashes to Water, my first novel, Annie returns to her small home town to bury her father, who has been murdered. His girlfriend, accused of the crime, is in jail awaiting trial. Annie finds reasons to fight for the woman's innocence even though a not-guilty verdict would have a devastating effect on her erratic and unwell sister, Leigh." Sounds interesting, and if we were still playing crime-fiction alphabet, the author would be useful for this reason also.
Then there is Rebecca Cantrell's A Night of Long Knives, which takes place a few years after her award-winning debut novel (and first of the Hannah Vogel series), A Trace of Smoke, also dealing with the "tragic and very real history of Nazi Germany" (strange description!). The author describes the background of the novel and answers some questions.
The best bit of the June ITW update, to my mind, is Mike Nicol's focus on South African crime fiction, including Deon Meyer, Margie Orford, Richard Kunzmann and Andrew Brown. A couple of new names for me to try out there, when I've finished working my way through Deon Meyer's complete output.
There are lots of other new titles in the June ITW list, from the romantic and supernatural, through serial-killer, to the historical and science-fiction oriented. Take your pick. I haven't read any of them, though one or two titles have already been published in other regions of the world outside the USA.