Progress on reading books eligible for the 2011 International Dagger

How am I getting on with the books eligible for the International Dagger for 2011, I wondered to myself? Thanks to Karen of Euro Crime, there is a list of the titles at her blog, which she updates as new books are published. To qualify, books have to be translated, and published in the UK between May 2010 and June 2011. As of 2 August, there are 44 eligible titles, and Karen anticipates another 10 to 20 before the eligibility deadline is reached. The full list is at Euro Crime blog.

Books on the list that I have read so far (links go to my reviews):

The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Italy)
Needle in a Haystack  by Ernesto Mallo, translated by Jethro Soutar (Argentina)
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum , translated by Charlotte Barslund (Norway)
The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser, translated by Laurie Thompson (Sweden)

Eligible books I have on my shelf to read:

Bunker by Andrea Maria Shenckel
River of Shadows by Valerio Varesi
1222 by Anne Holt 
(I also have The Kingdom of Light by Giulio Leoni, left over from last year's list!)

Books I definitely plan to read (mostly not published yet):

Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder
Silence by Jan Costin Wagner
Basic Shareholder by Petros Markaris
Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Villain by Shuichi Yoshida
Three Seconds by Roslund-Hellstrom
Rendezvous by Esther Verhoef
Red Wolf by Liza Marklund
The Postcard Killers by Liza Marklund and A. N. Other (possibly)
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason
A Place of Blood by Johan Theorin
The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
The Gallow's Bird by Camilla Lackberg
Shadow Sister by Simone van der Vlugt
Bandit Love by Massimo Carlotto
Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End by Leif G W Persson

That leaves almost 20 on the list that so far that I may not read due to lack of time or interest, though that could change! I'd certainly like to read A Short Cut to Paradise by Teresa Solana but as I think it is a sequel to A Not So Perfect Crime, I need to read that first. There's one, I Kill by Giorgio Faletti, that I am definitely not going to read on the basis of looking at it in the bookshop the other week.

I have made a category for this blog called International Dagger, which I have applied retrospectively to the posts I wrote about the 2010 and 2009 titles, so they can all be read together by clicking on the link.

2011 International Dagger – list of eligible titles.

2010 International Dagger – list of eligible titles.

The CWA International Dagger page, currently featuring the 2010 winner, The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin, translated by Marlaine Delargy.

Petrona's post about the 2010 winner.

The 2010 shortlist, and my reviews of each title on it.

Petrona posts tagged International Dagger.

Book Review: The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Silence rain The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Translated by Benjamin Moser

Picador, 2003. First published in Brazil, 1998.

I like mysteries in which the reader knows more than the detective, as one can see how the deductive reasoning takes place. In The Silence of the Rain, a successful, fairly young businessman gets into his car after a day at work, and shoots himself. When the body is found and reported by the parking garage attendant, however, the police treat the case as a murder because the man’s briefcase containing, among other crucial things, a note of explanation, is missing.

The premise is fascinating, and the chief investigator, Inspector Espinosa, is a great character. He is a bit of a world-weary cynic, as is necessary for a public official living in Rio de Janeiro, a huge city depicted with vigour and affection, which is host to the widest range of income levels and activities imaginable. The main characters in the case are drawn vividly – mainly the inspector himself and the two principal women concerned, Bia, the widow of the deceased, and Alba, girlfriend of Julio. Julio is a lecturer at the university who has eyes on Bia, who is both very rich and very cultured. He’s flirting with her in an upmarket kind of a way as the novel opens, as both of them have been on the same panel in a cultural debate. Julio is somewhat patronising towards Alba, his “official” girlfriend, as she is part-owner of a gym and he doesn’t consider her to be very intellectual. Bia, he thinks, seems much more his level.

Espinosa meets all these characters, and is very taken with both women. In fact, he spends most of the novel torn between them, although one of them makes herself more available than the other. He is determined to find the perpetrator of the crime, though the reader knows, unlike him, that the crime he is investigating is not the one he thinks he is.

There is a lot to like about this book. The atmosphere and characterisation is very good indeed, transporting the reader to Rio de Janerio and showing pretty accurately (if my experience in Caracas, Venezuela, is anything to go by) what life is like for the have-nots as well as for the haves. There are some neat plot twists that kept me glued to the page. Although I found the inherent sexism a bit hard to take, it’s a convincing representation of how certain people think – even so, Espinosa’s oscillating attitude to the two women in the book made me lose sympathy with him, somewhat. He also seems pretty incompetent, letting suspects go on the basis that they won’t abscond (then they do), or opening himself and his companion up to danger unnecessarily. Eventually, he twigs part of what is going on, and the reader is in a familiar race against time.

Unfortunately, the denouement is not convincing, to say the least – the book seems to run out of steam when a climactic event occurs about 50 pages towards the end, and there are some glaring holes in the plot. Nevertheless, it is well written and, it seems, superbly translated.  I enjoyed reading it very much, despite the various  flaws, and will probably read the second book to feature this rather intriguing detective, who is an appealing character despite, or perhaps because of, his all-too-human errors on professional and personal matters.

 

Other reviews of this book are at Mysteries in Paradise (Kerrie), whose review stimulated me to buy the novel; The View from the Blue House (Rob Kitchin); San Francisco Chronicle, whose review is titled "Unusual sanity among Rio's chaos: bookish cop wends his way through murders in Brazil". Quote from the review: "This policeman, with his existential sensibility, his exotic beat and his literary merit, seems poised to join the ranks of the great modern international fictional cops such as Sjowall and Wahloo's Martin Beck and Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander; the policeman with the philosopher's name who confesses: "I'd rather not have to fill out useless forms or write reports as an expression of police incompetence. I'd rather, when I meet a pretty woman, not have to start out with the ominous line: 'I'm Inspector Espinosa from the First Precinct.' " "

Interview with the author. with discussion at The Game's Afoot (Jose Ignacio Escribano).

Book Review: The Dragon Man by Garry Disher

Dragon man The Dragon Man by Garry Disher
Bitter Lemon Press 2007 (first published in Australia in 1999).

The Dragon Man is first in a series of five, soon to be six, novels about Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his Sergeant, Ellen Destry. It’s one of my favourite kinds of novel, in that it describes in detail a police investigation into a crime, provides a strong sense of location and society, and also addresses the personal and professional lives of the detectives concerned. 

The crime in this case occurs when a woman is abducted on the Old Peninsula Highway in a (fictional) area south-east of Melbourne, Australia. Challis is responsible for crime over a fairly large area in this peninsula, where constant state cutbacks to social services make the job of the police harder – not just because of the increased likelihood of crime, but in creating a challenge for people’s daily lives, for example in organising child care when nurseries are closed down and you have to work shifts.

Challis is a serious-minded policeman, whose disastrous marriage has resulted in his wife being imprisoned. His domestic history is gradually revealed via his wife’s late-night, drunk phone calls to her husband from jail – he cannot bear to cut her off completely by divorcing her. Challis is a loner, taking refuge from his less than satisfactory personal life and his heavy workload via his hobby of slowly restoring a vintage World War Two-era plane. His sergeant, Destry, is a highly competent police officer but has her own domestic struggles in the shape of a resentful husband who is also a policeman but at a lower rank, and a sulky teenage daughter – a telling subplot which I am sure reflects many people’s experiences.

The story of the crime investigation is very well paced throughout the book as we come to learn more about the day-to-day life of people who live in the Peninsula, as well as and the inner lives of the various members of the police force, positive and negative, as they attempt to find the person who is abducting and killing vulnerable women.

There are several intriguing threads to the main plot, which gradually come together in a tense climax. I have to admit that the identity of the perpetrator was pretty obvious, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this highly atmospheric novel, which transported me right into the lives and concerns of the people within its pages. I’m definitely going to seek out the subsequent novels in the series.

 

Part of the publisher description for this book:

Summer on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne. The heat's ramping up, the usual holiday madness building. Detective Inspector Hal Challis is already recycling his shower water and starting to dread Christmas.
But this year there's something more. Women abducted and murdered on the Old Highway. A pall of fear over the scorched paddocks. The media are demanding answers—and Challis's sleepy beat is set to explode.

I decided to read this book because the author is a favourite of Bernadette of the excellent blog Reactions to Reading. Here is what she had to say about this particular book.

Other reviews of The Dragon Man are at: Australian Crime Fiction; Allreaders.com (reviewer, Harriet Klausner); and e-opinions.com.

Question and answer session with Garry Disher and Angela Savage.

Author's website, including bibliography.

Book Review: Willing Flesh by Adam Creed

Willing flesh Willing Flesh by Adam Creed
(Faber & Faber, 2010).

The second in the series featuring DI Staffe (William Wagstaffe) of the City of London police is an atmospheric crime novel set among the rich financiers who always seem one step ahead even while credits crunch and bubbles burst. The story starts out with Elena, a cool and intelligent Russian beauty, who is possibly a prostitute, on solitary weekend in the country, away from her usual haunts.  Elena thinks she is in control of events in her life and that of a small circle of friends, but her perception is wrong. Before Staffe and his colleagues can get very far with investigating the crime at which Elena is the centre, other tragic events occur.

Willing Flesh is a pared-down novel compared with its predecessor, Suffer The Children. Here, there is no mention of Staffe’s obsessive investigation into his parents’ deaths in Spain, his ownership of several London houses, and only the faintest reference to his troubled sister Marie and her son Harry. This reduction in the number of simultaneous themes provides a welcome focus.  As well as investigating a series of crimes, Staffe is increasingly keen on his girlfriend Sylvie, asking her to marry him – but he seems incapable of relinquishing his close (too close?) friendship with Rosa. Rosa, it turns out, can help Staffe’s investigation but at a cost to her own safety, so Sylvie finds herself providing a refuge for someone who may be her rival.

Willing Flesh is a readable novel, despite being written in the present tense, which for me always seems rather self-conscious. The plot is by no means convincing, however. I find it hard to credit that Staffe, a rather Lord Peter Wimsey-type character, can be a police detective yet carry out his own investigation independently of his colleagues, with no comeback from anyone. This means he can, for example,  break into suspects’ houses and steal crucial letters, only telling the official investigation about them much later on – mysteriously, everyone from subordinates to superiors tolerates Staffe’s parallel, almost amateur, activities which constantly obscure the truth and seem to me to have little point.  As the book reaches a climax, Staffe is aware that he and Sylvie are in danger so asks a colleague to tail him in his car, but leaves her unguarded so that someone can just walk into her house which is apparently not even locked. The dénouement in a boat (I can say no more without spoiling the plot) is not credible to me.

Another problem is that there are far too many boilerplate suspects – the foreign entrepreneur, the city businessman and the Russian suspected drug dealer are insufficiently different from each other to involve the reader, along with clichéd characters such as the rich young drug addict, the tart with a heart, and a “cor-blimey” dad.

The author is an academic who teaches writing, and some passages in this novel are delicately moving. However, I feel that he isn’t very interested in the police procedural aspects, so for me the failure to bother with even basic attention to reality conspires to undermine the credibility of the whole. The book is certainly readable, but I think this series would be better if the somewhat snobbish Staffe operated in the same universe as everyone else rather than being somehow superior to the normal rules of life that apply to his colleagues.

I thank Karen of Euro Crime for my copy of this book.

My Euro Crime review of Suffer the Children, the previous (and first) novel in the series.

Read other reviews of Willing Flesh at: It's a Crime! Honest Fi (brief). See also: publisher website.

Book Review: Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo

NiaHaystack Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo

Translated by Jethro Soutar. 

Bitter Lemon Press, 2010.

Inspector Lascano lives in Buenos Aires in the 1970s, at the time of the military dictatorship. It was a terrible regime, first encountered by me in book form in Isabelle Allende’s marvellous The House of the Spirits,  and it seems to me, a person who is lucky enough not to have lived through this experience, that the times were so cruel that they must be impossible to write about directly and without allegory or magical allusions.

Ernesto Mallo disagrees; his detached novel is measured and very well plotted. He tells the story of Superintendent Lascano, a widower who cannot get over the death of his wife, living in an apartment still containing all her clothes and other reminders of her existence. His only friend is a pathologist, and the two men meet occasionally for a drink or meal.

The story is told from the perspectives of a half-dozen or so characters, but not chronologically, so it is satisfying and illuminating when another piece of the jigsaw falls into place. At its heart, the novel is a standard murder investigation. Lascano is sent out to look at the bodies of two young people who have been shot. When he gets to the location out of town where the victims have been abandoned, he finds that there are three bodies, not two. Because Lascano cannot investigate the case of the young man and woman, as the police are not allowed to interfere with the military’s executions,  he decides to look into the shooting of the other victim, an older man. The investigation carries on in parallel with our gradual discovery of how the crimes happened, and follows through to the aftermath and beyond.

As well as being cleverly plotted crime fiction , the book is a moving love story.  By its refusal to opine and overtly denounce the terrible regime, but choosing instead to cooly report numerous “every day” atrocities that everyone has to live with, the novel achieves a powerful emotional impact. Several of the subsidiary characters really live on the page, and I enjoyed (in a grim kind of a way) finding out how their stories came to intersect. At the end, the author completely follows through on his theme, which means that unlike many examples of crime fiction there is a proper ending and a genuinely interesting potential for a future novel.

Ernesto Mallo, according to the biography provided in the book, is a former member of the anti-Junta guerrilla movement. He’s an essayist, journalist and playwright. This novel is the first of a trilogy, originally written in 2005. I’m very much looking forward to reading the other two, if we are lucky enough for them to be translated into English.

I thank Karen Meek of Euro Crime for so kindly giving me a copy of this novel. Her review was published at Euro Crime last Sunday, and can be seen here. The novel was also recently reviewed by Norman at Crime Scraps blog, and by Glenn at International Noir Fiction.

As an aside, both Karen and Glenn have likened this novel to the De Luca series by Carlo Lucarelli. I have read Lucarelli's other series (Almost Blue and Day After Day – review t/c) but clearly,  I must now read his De Luca books!

 

New UK fiction for November

November
The only advantage of the Bookseller's poor decision to produce two "double" issues in August is that I can catch up on my backlog. The 6/13 August issue highlights new fiction (and non-fiction) to be published in the UK in November, so I'll mention a few highlights to add to my earlier post about new paperbacks due for the same month.

There aren't a great many titles of interest to me in the crime and thriller category, as it happens. Philip Kerr has a new book out, Field Grey (Quercus, £17.99), the seventh story about Bernie Gunther. This one is set in 1954 Berlin, and Bernie's job is to meet POWs returning from Germany. One of them is a French war criminal. I haven't read the first of this series yet, but this one sounds good so I must make a start sometime.

Set in France but written in English is Blood Counts by Martin O'Brien (Preface, £12.99), a former travel editor for Vogue magazine. This one is fifth in a series about Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot of the Marseilles police. Another series to start, one day.

Among UK-set novels we can look forward to Borrowed Light by Graham Hurley (Orion, £12.99), the latest in the DI Joe Farraday series that seems from the blurb to be set in Portsmouth. It's about Middle East terrorism, the international property market and cocaine. I think I read the first one or two of this series years ago, but can't remember anything about the books except that I quite liked them.

The main output is from the USA. Karin Slaughter's Broken (Century, £12.99) is the biggest "name" (excepting the inevitable title by the dreaded JP), a Sara Linton investigation, therefore set in Georgia, Atlanta. I'm not sure whether I shall read this, given the increasingly slow pace and 'torture porn' content of her previous couple of books. Also there is From Blood by Edward Wright (Orion, £12.99), a political thriller by an author whose books win prestigious awards and great reviews, but whom I have yet to try; The Identity Man by Andrew Klavan (Corvus, £14.99) about a mysterious man who provides a petty criminal with a new identity; Indulgence in Death (Piatkus, £14.99), the nth of J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts)'s Eve Dallas series and one which I have long since stopped reading because the books are mildly diverting but all exactly the same as each other; The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke (Orion, £14.99) about his series character Detective Dave Robicheaux; and one or two others – including Best American Mystery Stories 2010, edited by Lee Child (Corvus, £16.99). All in all, I think I get off lightly in November, not least because there is no translated fiction in this list, so I can make some inroads into the piles of books I have already.

 

Book review: Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn

Jahn Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn
(Macmillan New Writers, 2009)

This novel is on the shortlist for the John Creasey (New Blood) dagger award for 2010. By coincidence I read the book recently so have prioritised a review.

Acts of Violence is inspired by a murder case in the 1960s, in which none of 38 witnesses who saw a woman being attacked did anything to help. In this novel, the woman becomes Katrina Marino, who is leaving her work as a waitress in a diner very late one night. Her car almost doesn’t start but eventually does. She drives home, just failing to see an accident that happens seconds after she drives through a road junction. When she gets home, she’s attacked in the yard outside her house. Several of her neighbours in the apartment block see or hear her cries. This novel is about them and what they did that night, as well as about Katrina herself.

The plotting is very clever, as events during this long night are told from different characters’ points of view at different times, as people go about their legal or illegal business, or have crises in their domestic lives. Gradually, a complete picture of the night builds up, and the intersections between people’s lives and motivations become clear.

Although the novel is well-written and assured in its pacing and plot — the character of Katrina in particular portrayed with warmth and pity — I did not like it. I just could not bear to read about everyone’s actions and concerns while a woman lay dying. The style of the novel reminds me of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, another book that I didn’t like while at the same time appreciating that it was well-written and sincere. I think that Acts of Violence is also a sincere book, and has a moral message, but it isn’t a book that I enjoyed reading one tiny bit. On the back cover, the novel is said to be sure to appeal to fans of Bret Easton Ellis, a writer whose books I have no interest in reading, and the style to Quentin Tarantino, whose films I have (deliberately) never seen. So, I conclude that this style and subject is simply not for me, but these comparisons may help others to decide whether or not to read this book.

I thank Karen of Euro Crime for my copy of this novel.

Other books on the New Blood dagger shortlist are Rupture by Simon Lelic; The Pull of the Moon by Diane Janes; and The Holy Thief by William Ryan. The winner will be announced on 8 October 2010.

Other reviews of Acts of Violence can be found at: It's a Crime! (very positive); The Observer (brief); The Book Bag (positive); International Thriller Writers (brief).

 

R J Ellory sets Book Depository competition

Ellory2 Ellory2 To celebrate R.J. Ellory winning the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010 with A Simple Act of Violence, the Book Depository is running a competition in which the prize is an iPod touch pre-loaded with 20 books.

The competition is not the usual mindless exercise but consists of 10 questions set by the winning author. The first five questions are based on Ellory's Anniversary Man and next five based on real-life serial killers – and they are sufficiently fiendish to be of a level familiar to those who attempt the challenges regularly set by Norman of Crime Scraps!

The competition closing date is 17 September 2010, and from the terms and conditions, seems to be open to anyone, world-wide. I'm not going to be entering because I haven't read any books (yet) by R. J. Ellory and I am not interested in "real-life serial killers". But the prize is certainly attractive so anyone who is knowledgeable about either of those topics might want to give this a try. Let me know if you win!

The Book Depository.

Direct link to the competition page at The Book Depository website.

Book review: Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer

Daybreak_uk Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer
Translated from the Afrikaans by Madeleine van Biljon 
(Hodder and Stoughton, 2000).

Dead at Daybreak is an exciting yet emotional thriller about a broken man, Van Heerden (we learn his first name later on in the book). At the outset, he wakes up in a jail cell after drunkenly attacking five dentists in a bar. (His justification? “Two were GPs.”) Van Heerden is bailed out by a lawyer friend, who has recommended him to a fellow-lawyer, Hope Beneke, for a job. Hope is representing Wilna van As, whose partner Jan Smit was violently killed nearly 10 years ago in a robbery at their house. In the ransacked safe, according to Wilna, was Smit’s will, leaving everything to her. Because they were not married, if the will cannot be found within 10 years of Smit’s death, his business and properties, in which Wilna was a partner, will go entirely to the state. There is a week to go before the 10-year deadline. All previous attempts by the police to track down the killer(s) have failed, so as a last-ditch effort, Wilna’s lawyer Hope decides to hire a PI. This is where Van Heerden comes in.

It doesn’t take Van Heerden long to find evidence that the police missed previously. We learn, though, that he is a former member of the police himself, having worked before his retirement at the same station as Matt Joubert, the attractive main character in the author’s previous (debut) novel, Dead Before Dying. Joubert is an occasional, comforting character in this present novel, but after he uncovers the new evidence, the main police liaison for Van Heerden is the original investigating officer, Tony O’Grady. O’Grady is torn between annoyance that his earlier competence is being questioned, and his desire to re-open the case to find out who killed Smit. An uneasy partnership develops between the men.

Van Heerden also gets off on the wrong foot with Hope by deliberately confronting and belittling her from the first moment he meets her. She’s just about to sack him, in fact, when his mother steps in to plea for her son’s continuing involvement. Part of the book tells Van Heerden’s life story in flashback, starting with the story of how his parents met. I found the parents' romance schmaltzy compared with the rest of the book, and the character of the mother not convincing through being too idealised.  Hope, however, is a more rounded character whose views of her prickly employee see-saw throughout the novel.

As the rest of Van Heerden’s story is told, in parallel with the exciting events in the present, we learn the full extent of why he left the police force, and why he’s such a mess now. In the interim, there is a fascinating subplot about his journey through academia and his views on policing, which I very much enjoyed, along with some other bleakly humorous digressions.

Dead at Daybreak is a great mix of thriller and story of personal redemption. It’s very exciting and intelligently plotted. There are some really good and original set-pieces (particularly one involving four women in Van Heerden's mother's house) and shocks. The novel certainly has some flaws, for example the final confrontation scenes and the question of how certain events became resolved under these circumstances. Also, one has to admit, the central premise of the one-week deadline is a bit contrived, though it adds such pace and excitement to the book’s structure. Even taking these downsides into account, I overwhelmingly enjoyed this novel which combines a really solid investigative and thriller plot, with an involving story of how a man has reached rock bottom and gradually realises that there might possibly still be a chance for him.

About the book at the author's website.

Read other reviews of this novel at: Reactions to Reading (Bernadette in Oz); The Mystery Site; and Curled up with a Good Book.

Dead at Daybreak at The Complete Review.

I have read and reviewed three other novels by Deon Meyer: Dead Before Dying; Blood Safari (review at Euro Crime); and Thirteen Hours (review at Euro Crime).

It won't be long before I've caught up with the author's backlist, specifically Heart of the Hunter and Devil's Peak. I have also heard the welcome news that Deon Meyer will be attending Crime Fest next year (2011) as a featured guest author.

Scandinavian crime-fiction book club at London University

Iceberg
Towards the end of July I received some interesting news via Simon Clarke. Thank you so much, Simon. Here is the news, from the University College London website:

Nordic Noir – Scandinavian Crime Book Club
Join and meet other Scandinavian crime lovers in London, authors, translators and specialists in Scandinavian languages, literature, history and cultures.
January to April 2011.

Scandinavian crime fiction has had an unrivalled success in the UK over the past ten years. Authors such as the Dane Peter Høeg and the Swede Stieg Larsson are best-selling authors worldwide, and BBC has recently been running the original Swedish miniseries and a remake with Kenneth Branagh based on Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander books. Book stores such as Waterstones feature sections with “Scandinavian Chillers” testifying to the popularity and breadth of Nordic crime fiction translated for a British audience. Today, crime writers from all the Nordic countries are in translation, which is a rare occurrence in a British publishing market, where less than 5 percent of available books are translations.
The planned events will bring crime fiction lovers, UCL researchers and students in Scandinavian literature, language, film, history, mythology, politics and sociology, UK translators, publishers, authors, film makers and producers together to share their knowledge of and interest in crime fiction and Nordic cultures. We will investigate the seemingly paradoxical popularity of violent crime fiction in countries well-known for their safe and peaceful welfare states, where people, according to research, are amongst the happiest and most satisfied with their lives in the world. We shall explore what Scandinavian crime fiction has learned from the British tradition, and what makes crime fiction from the Nordic countries particularly Nordic.
Please return to this page to read about the book club we are planning for Spring 2011. More information about how to join, the programme and the books we will read will soon be available.
If you would like to be included on the Nordic Noir email list please contact Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk).