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A Swedish thriller without crazed serial killers(0)

June 26, 2017

The Lost Boy (Fjällbacka #7), by Camilla Läckberg @@@@@ (5 out of 5) If you read Scandinavian noir but have had your fill of deranged serial killers, pick up a copy of The Lost Boy by Camilla Läckberg. Like the preceding novels in her bestselling Fjällbacka series, The Lost Boy shines with in-depth characterization and complex plotting that offers surprises to… Read More ›

A superb new novel about defectors in Moscow

Defectors: A Novel, by Joseph Kanon @@@@@ (5 out of 5) The disappearance of British diplomats Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess in 1951 and the subsequent revelation in 1956 of them as defectors to the Soviet Union shocked the world and has subsequently provided fodder for a virtual cottage industry of spy novels. Only much later… Read More ›

Child soldiers, bank fraud, and eccentric police in a Danish thriller

The Marco Effect (Department Q #5), by Jussi Adler-Olsen @@@@ (4 out of 5) In a region of Cameroon populated by people outsiders call pygmies, a Danish development project has gone off the rails. Then, shortly after a visitor from the Danish foreign ministry is glimpsed on a visit, the local liaison between the project and the… Read More ›

A stirring tale of spies in wartime Vienna

Vienna Spies, by Alex Gerlis @@@@ (4 out of 5) In The Secret War, his illuminating revisionist history of secret intelligence in World War II, the British journalist Max Hastings questions the value of what has come to be called “humint,” the product of spies working undercover. In Hastings’ view, spies had little effect on… Read More ›

Crimes against humanity in Scott Turow’s latest legal thriller

Testimony: A Novel, by Scott Turow @@@@@ (5 out of 5) In an interview on May 23, 2017, Scott Turow explained how he came to write a novel about a case at the International Criminal Court involving the massacre of 400 Roma (“Gypsies”). “‘In 2000, I was at a reception in The Hague and found… Read More ›

Pedophiles, serial murder, and the Holocaust in a Swedish psychological thriller

The Crow Girl: A Novel, by Erik Axl Sund @@@@ (4 out of 5) If you favor mysteries and thrillers full of surprises, you’ll love The Crow Girl by the Swedish writing team that publishes under the name Erik Axl Sund. No matter how shrewd and analytical you might be, I predict that you won’t… Read More ›

A delightful Ross Thomas novel about con men, a $5 million bribe, and a rebellion in the Philippines

Out on the Rim, by Ross Thomas @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Ross Thomas‘ inimitable thrillers were originally published between 1966 and 1994. (Ross died the following year.) More recently, most of his work has been brought out in new editions, each with an introduction by a prominent contemporary of his who wrote mysteries and… Read More ›

Biowarfare, white supremacists, and a Hollywood star in the new Sara Paretsky

Fallout (V. I. Warshawski #19), by Sara Paretsky @@@ (3 out of 5) In the course of 18 novels by the redoubtable mystery writer Sara Paretsky, courageous Chicago detective V.I. (Vic) Warshawski has come face to face with corruption both public and private in her quixotic crusade to clean up her hometown—and get a life… Read More ›

An Edinburgh brothel, an honest MP, and two murders in another great Inspector Rebus mystery

Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus #4), by Ian Rankin @@@@ (4 out of 5) In Ian Rankin’s Strip Jack, the fourth novel in his long-running murder mystery series, the newly promoted Edinburgh police Inspector John Rebus is decidedly unenthusiastic about the latest assignment from his sanctimonious boss, Chief Superintendent “Farmer” Watson. Rebus is ordered to join… Read More ›

The “best Norwegian crime novel” is set in Minnesota

The Land of Dreams (Minnesota Trilogy #1), by Vidar Sundstøl @@@@ (4 out of 5) Some 4.6 million Norwegian-Americans live in the United States, about half of them in the Upper Midwest. Nearly 900,000 can be found in Minnesota alone. These numbers compare with the total of 5.3 million people who live in Norway proper…. Read More ›