In Norway, the Past Is a Foreign Country – NYTimes.com.
So if there is no road back to how things used to be, to the naïve fearlessness of what was untouched, there is a road forward. To be brave. To keep on as before. To turn the other cheek as we ask: “Is that all you’ve got?” To refuse to let fear change the way we build our society.
Maj Sjowall – The Godmother of Scandinavian Crime Fiction | Fourth Estate.
Seems that Fourth Estate (an imprint of HarperCollins) is re-issuing the Martin Beck books with pretty new covers. There’s a quickie interview with the author at the link above for those interested. Not sure what to think of the new covers sporting quotes from both Jo Nesbø and Henning Mankell. To me they aren’t all that flattering especially the part about Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, being the “godparents of Scandinavian crime fiction.” I would have preferred something like: “the ones who started it all” or something. No? well, that’s why I don’t work in marketing.
Writer Patrícia Melo has penned a compelling story about an ex-contract killer in search of his family in Lost World (UK 2009). The novel is translated from the Brazilian Portuguese by Clifford Landers. The protagonist is Máiquel, a fugitive who’s been in hiding for ten years. He first appears in The Killer which won critical acclaim. Melo’s work is gritty, atmospheric and very dark. From page one I was hooked into this world. Thoughts after I closed the book: this is a damn good read.
After ten years hiding out as a fugitive, Máiquel resurfaces at his aunt Rosa’s funeral in São Paulo to settle her affairs. He sells the house, gets a set of fake ID’s and decides to hire a detective to look for his family. Ten years ago, his girlfriend, Erica ran off with a preacher who ratted him out to the cops. She took his daughter and his money and disappeared. She left a scathing note that he remembers word for word.
His road trip and mission proves to be a complicated one as his breaks all of his rules for keeping a low profile. The author has him passing through many favela’s (shanty towns in Brazil). Has him shacking up in smelly boarding houses, hiding out in a landless camp and run down hotels. The weather is always hot. Exotic foods are always on display with market vendors selling their wares in different languages around him as he passes through town. Some were er quite interesting. Continue reading “Review: Lost World, By: Patrícia Melo”
Colin Cotterill has been making the rounds I see. He’s promoting his new book, Killed At The Whim of a Hat, the first in a new series. Go buy it. I’m a huge fan of his Dr. Siri books which are set during the 1970’s after communism has taken over in Laos. The novels are a favorite of mine because of the quirky characters and the political satire with the added touch of mysticism and folklore.
There are two Cotterill guest posts if you care to read them. The post gives you a glimpse of his sense of humor. The first is from The Book Page, titled, “The Strange Life of Colin Cotterill and the second one is at Central Crime Zone blog, title, I Am A Cult.” Lastly, the New York Times reviews his latest book and gives a positive review.
Tana French. There’s another Tana French interview I found via Crime Always Pays blog. Just to share, I recently got a email from Tana French. I was shocked when I saw her email in my inbox because I forgot I emailed her. How do you like that? I think I sent her the email after I finished In The Woods and that was a year ago. Anyway, I asked her about the next book in the series and she replied back (!) saying that the next book, Broken Harbour, won’t be out until next summer (bummer!) so no new book out this fall like I had originally quoted from someone else (cough) from the same link above (cough). Guess I’ll crack open The Likeness after all.
Last bit of news is that Amazon is having another major Kindle sale called The Big Deal and this one will last until July 27th. What makes this sale remarkable is that the Big 6 publishers are participating (!) like Random House, Harper Collins, etc. According to the article, there are 900 Kindle books for sale. Browsing the mystery list I saw titles by Ruth Rendell, Stuart Neville, Louise Penny among others. Go forth and buy!
P.S. The title of Cotterill’s book comes from a Bushism: “Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat.” (2004) as mentioned/quoted in the NYT article
The Independent shares their ten best spy novels…I love a good spy novel, how about you? I loved, loved, loved The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum when I read it oh, years ago. Has a very nice romantic subplot too. Too bad it’s still not digitized. Check out the list if you have an interest.
Update: Here is the list from the Independent (not my list and I copied/pasted for your convenience):
1. THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS BY JOHN BUCHAN
2. THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD BY JOHN LE CARRÉ
3. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM BY ROBERT LUDLUM
4. RESTLESS BY WILLIAM BOYD
5. THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS BY ERSKINE CHILDERS
6. THE SECRET AGENT BY JOSEPH CONRAD
7. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE BY IAN FLEMING
8. THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY BY G.K. CHESTERTON
9. EPITAPH FOR A SPY BY ERIC AMBLER
10. CARTE BLANCHE BY JEFFERY DEAVER (interesting that this one made the list)