Reading report, third quarter 2010

Books (2) From the beginning of July to the end of September, I've read 46 books. If I hadn't been away on holiday for a couple of weeks in July, my total would have been lower than in the second quarter (42 books) – probably nearer to the 26 books I read in the first quarter of this year. My total from the start of January to the end of September is 114.

Returning to my July to September batch, of the 46 I read,  24 are by men, 18 by women, 2 by man/woman pairs, 1  by a man/man pair, and 1 is a collection of short stories by men and women (but edited by a man). Seventeen are translations: 1 Polish, 1 Japanese, 3 Spanish (1 Argentinian, 1 Cuban, 1 Bolivian), 2 Norwegian, 1 French,  3 Italian, 1 Portuguese (Brazilian), 1 Afrikaans, 3 Swedish, and 1 Icelandic. So far as I can tell, 15 of the 46 are debuts. I shan't be reviewing a few of these books, but I have written up most of them (see end of this post). 

Which gets my award for best of the quarter? As usual, this is a very hard, if not impossible, task. My personal favourite was Red Wolf (Liza Marklund), closely followed by Three Seconds (Roslund/Hellstrom), Needle in a Haystack (Ernesto Mallo), The Man in the Window (Dahl) and The Terrorists (Sjowall/Wahloo). But there are some really good debuts among this collection, particularly Witness the Night (Desai) A Beautiful Place to Die (Nunn), Midnight Cab (Nichol), The Silence of the Rain (Garcia Roza)  and The Woman Before Me (Dugdale), and some great, classic novels such as An Empty Death (Wilson), The Dragon Man (Disher), Shadowplay (Campbell)  and Dead at Daybreak (Meyer). I've starred the ones I recommend going out of your way to read.

The list in full, with links to reviews.

The Girl with the Crystal Eyes by Barbara Baraldi (Review submitted to Euro Crime)

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay (review to come)*

Blue Heaven by C. J. Box (Petrona, July)*

Shadowplay by Karen Campbell (Review submitted to Euro Crime)*

Chinatown Beat by Henry Chang (Petrona, August)

A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex (review submitted to Euro Crime)

Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves (Petrona, August)*

Play Dead by Harlan Coben (Petrona, August)

Willing Flesh by Adam Creed (Petrona, August)

American Visa by Juan de Recacoechea (Petrona, August)

The Man in the Window by K. O. Dahl (Review submitted to Euro Crime)*

Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai (Euro Crime, August)*

The Dragon Man by Garry Disher (Petrona, August)*

The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall (Petrona, September)*

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Petrona, July)

Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum (Petrona, August)*

The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza (Petrona, August)*

Vodka Doesn't Freeze by Leah Giarratano (Petrona, July)*

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (Petrona, September)*

Tell Tale by Sam Hayes (Petrona, September)

Any Man's Death by Hazel Holt (Petrona, September)

Silent Counsel by Ken Isaacson (Petrona, September)*

Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn (Petrona, August)

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (Petrona, July)*

Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli (Petrona, August)*

Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo (Petrona, August)*

Red Wolf by Liza Marklund (Review submitted to Euro Crime)*

All The Colours of the Town by Liam McIlvanney (Petrona, September)

Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer (Petrona, August)*

Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski (Petrona, July)*

Shadow Family by Miyuki Miyabe (Petrona, July)*

Hit by Tara Moss (Euro Crime, August)

The Twelve by Stuart Neville (Petrona, July)

Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol (Petrona, September)*

A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn (Petrona, August)*

Havana Red by Leonardo Padura (Petrona, August)

Three Seconds by Roslund-Hellstrom (Euro Crime, September)*

Afterlight by Alex Scarrow (Petrona, July)*

Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Petrona, September)*

The Terrorists by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (Review submitted to Euro Crime)*

River of Shadows by Valerio Varesi (Euro Crime, September)*

An Empty Death by Laura Wilson (Petrona, September)*

 

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