Saturday Crime News

Brief post with links for Saturday, in the “just in case you missed it” department:

Jo NesbøI read two articles by Jo Nesbo –

Found an Arne Dahl interview posted on Twitter:

And last but not least is another Guardian article about a UK constable who says that crime fiction needs a little more reality: 

Detectives should be depicted as “cheery, well-balanced, well-adjusted, equally successful investigators” in crime novels rather than “hard-drinking, heavy-smoking, cynical people”, the chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police has said.

Sorry but that sounds boring and I wouldn’t read it.


19 thoughts on “Saturday Crime News

  1. I read that guardian article and I think he missed the point that it’s fiction and not non-fiction. I do think it’s ok to move away from the fictional stereotypes though – so a mixed bag of opinion on that article. Thanks for the weekly update :)

    1. I think the word that got me was “cheery” but I was going to say the same thing you did in that if you want realistic then read true crime or other non-fiction.

  2. I would be interested to read about a well-adjusted investigator; the “cheery” part, however, makes me think that person isn’t paying attention. OTOH, as much as I love Ken Bruen’s books, they leave me wondering just who I would go to for help in London or Galway.

    1. I know right? I’d take my chances with Jack over Brant though, LOL. Well, I take that back. Most people are afraid of Brant so I think I would stick with him.

  3. Thanks for the links. The article about Jo Nesbo’s father was very interesting. Redbreast is the only Nesbo book I have read… but I plan to read more.

    1. Oh my do I envy you the good reading you have ahead of you, Tracy. I know I will enjoy reading your reviews of his books.

  4. Crime rate must be well under control in his region if he’s got time to spout complete boll%*^s over something this isn’t ever going to change and that he can’t influence anyway. I’m not even going to read it. Has he nothing better to do?

    1. Obviously not and I don’t blame you for not reading it. I found his comments interesting but like you said they won’t influence anything anytime soon.

  5. Can’t wait to hear what thought of The Son, Keishon. I just finished it late last night, and I was a tiny bit ambivalent about the story until a certain moment at the end. And why the hoodie cover and this hoodie photo when the UK cover is so entirely different?

    1. I’ll be reading it probably closer to the US release date. Can’t wait to read your review of it Rebecca. Honestly, I don’t care for the hoodie cover and the decisions behind them baffles me. Much prefer the UK covers almost all of the time for crime fiction/mysteries and such.

    1. Looking forward to it Prashant, to see what you think of him. I think he’s one of the best crime writers right now. Some of the books in the Harry Hole series are better than others so try not to judge him too harshly if you start with the first two books in the series or even the third one, The Redbreast, because the latter is slow going. I haven’t read the first two books in the series and not sure when I’ll get to them.

  6. I absolutely love the title of this post!

    Regarding the “reality” of crime fiction. It’s fiction! However, I’ve encountered more and more investigators who lead almost normal lives. For example I just finished “Chilled to the Bone” by Quentin Bates and the detective is a 40-year old balanced woman, with problems, yes, but we all have them! What does he want? A supermodel smiling all beautifully solving crimes?

    1. LOL, I know right? and I don’t mind well balanced detectives but when you’re looking at the result of what people do to each other it’s bound to have some effect on you.

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