Monthly Archives: November 2010

December Heat by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Translator Benjamin Moser First published in Portuguese 1998; first published in English 2005. In the winter heat of Rio de Janeiro, a young homeless boy witnesses an insensible drunk being helped into a car outside a restaurant late at night. … Continue reading

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The Burning by Jane Casey

Ebury, November 2010 (paperback). Part police-procedural and part psychological suspense, The Burning is a very good crime novel. From the cover words, one would think that this book is about a serial killer who is attacking young women walking home … Continue reading

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The Siege by Stephen White

Signet, 2010 (first published 2009).  How does one write an original thriller in the crowded niche of books about terrorists/hostages? If the author had not been Stephen White, I would not have picked up this book on the grounds that … Continue reading

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The Girl With the Crystal Eyes by Barbara Baraldi

translated by Judith Forshaw "A seductive serial killer is stalking the streets of Bologna", according to the blurb. If that's your cup of tea, then you might enjoy this novel. The story is about two young women. One of them, … Continue reading

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The Man in the Window by K O Dahl

(translated by Don Bartlett)Paperback: 496 pages (May 2008) Publisher: Faber and Faber ISBN: 9780571232918 I loved THE MAN IN THE WINDOW. Like its (chronological) predecessor, THE LAST FIX, it is a traditional detective story set in Oslo, Norway, with Inspector … Continue reading

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The Water Widow by Ella Griffiths

translated by J. Basil Cowlishaw Quartet books, 1986. First published in Norway 1977. The second of Ella Griffiths's two novels that were translated into English, The Water Widow, is another engaging, brisk-paced investigation for detective brothers Sergeant Rudolf and Detective Karsten Nilsen … Continue reading

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Raid and the Blackest Sheep by Harri Nykanen

translator Peter Ylitalo Leppa Ice Cold Crime, 2010, Kindle format (first published in Finnish, 2000)  Raid is a young, silent and mysterious enforcer who has been paid to accompany Nygren,  an ill, ageing criminal recently released after a long jail … Continue reading

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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin

Ash Levine quit the LAPD in a mixture of guilt and anger when a witness to a crime he was investigating was shot and killed. He’s very much at loose ends, though, stifled by his family and not enjoying the … Continue reading

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A Capital Crime by Laura Wilson

A Capital Crime is a great piece of storytelling. I am glad of my policy of knowing nothing about the content of books before I read them, as had I known that this novel is based on a famous real-life … Continue reading

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The Hunting Season by Elizabeth Rigbey

Penguin, 2007 (first published by Michael Joseph 2006) Matt Selekis is a doctor at a large hospital in Salt Lake City. He specialises in endocrine and oncological surgery, and is something of a (lower case s) saint, having spent some … Continue reading

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