Before I tread into Scandinavian waters, I must tell you that I was floored by the last 27 pages of The Silent Wife. What an ending! In no way could I have predicted. Very entertaining! I predict that this book will be a great sleeper. Because A.S.A. Harrison died not long after her book's debut, the publisher will not be putting money into marketing. Encouragement to read the book will come by word of mouth. And here I am. For more information, I refer you to the previous several entries and the links I provided.
My Nordic Noir Lament:
I suppose I shouldn't complain. Yes, U.S. publishers are still sending forth some Nordic Noir (mystery, thriller, suspense, police procedural) titles into the American mainstream. Jo Nesbo, for example. Liza Marklund is another. And of course Henning Mankell, for years. And Camilla Lacklund. And an Icelandic author or two. And the pseudonymous Lars Kepler. But, all the same, nowhere near enough to embrace the full range of what Scandinavian authors are producing and what Great Britain is publishing. Nordic Noir is being translated into English. So what's the big deal about publishing more of it in the U.S.? American publishers, you need to do more!
A huge problem for me has been that the books I most want to read are either not available through The Book Depository, the British importer to the U.S. of choice; or, if they are available, they are very expensive. So I wait. But a woman with a taste for Nordic Noir does not want to wait. She wants to bite, swallow, and chew! I'm feeling a bit ravenous at the moment. Chomp!
A book on my watch list: Cold Courage by the Finnish author Pekka Hiltunen. Last I checked, it was not available from The Book Depository, though people in Britain are reading it. Sarah blogged about it on Crime Pieces.
Farewell to Woolfson & Tay
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