Thursday, March 18, 2010

The crime pile starts to polarise

As I started to pile up the books for a little spell of crime reading what became clear is not only the number based in Scandinavia but also the popularity of the genre of historical thrillers.

The Scandinavian box was ticked by Swedes Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo with the Martin Beck books and Norwegian Jo Nesbo with Redbreast.

Historical thrillers are going to be represented by Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith set in 1950s Russia and 1930s Berlin is recreated in If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr. Interesting to see how murders are solved in the times of Stalin and Hitler.

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