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Stieg Larsson: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Paperback)

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Forthcoming paperback release:

Millennium 1: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
23 June 2009
$13.50 in Canada

See also: hardback edition
En français : Les hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes


Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Written by Thomas

2009-01-29 at 09:23

Karin Fossum: The Water’s Edge

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The Water’s Edge
Karin Fossum

Harvill Secker
ISBN 978-1-84655-170-3
25 August 2009
$24.95 in Canada*

ISBN 978-0-15-101421-7
4 August 2009
$33.95 in Canada*

* Both Harvill (Random House UK) and Harcourt (Houghton Mifflin USA) are claiming to hold Canadian rights on this title. We’ll see how it all shakes out this summer…


Walking through the woods to Lake Linde one warm September day, Reinhardt and Kristine Ris pass a man who is in a state of agitation. Unusually in a small town, he does not return Kristine’s smile and drives off in a hurry. Near the end of their walk they make a terrible discovery: lying in a cluster of trees is the lifeless body of a young boy. It is a moment that will change their lives for ever. Inspector Sejer is called to the scene, but can find no immediate cause of death. That evening he is faced with the heavy task of telling the boy’s mother that her missing son has been found. As the weeks go by, the appeal for the man seen in the woods to come forward remains unanswered. A once peaceful community is deeply shaken and the children lose their freedom to walk alone and play wherever they wish. Then a second boy goes missing.


A married couple, Rikard and Kristine are out for a Sunday walk when they discover the body of a boy. And a man limping away. They alert the police, but not before Rikard, to Kristine’s horror, kneels down and takes photographs of the dead child with his cellphone. The imperturbable Sejer and Skarre begin the investigation. The boy was an only child and it appears that he died from an asthma attack following the trauma of being molested. Meanwhile, the couple’s marriage begins to unravel as Rikard becomes obsessed with the case and his own part in it. Soon thereafter another boy disappears and the mood in the town grows more tense as parents fear a predatory pedophile is on the loose.

Written by Thomas

2009-01-25 at 18:22

Katarina Mazetti : God and I Broke Up

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God and I Broke Up
Katarina Mazetti
House of Anansi Press
ISBN 978-0-88899-617-6
21 October 2004
$9.95 in Canada

En français : Entre Dieu et moi, c’est fini

It’s worth noting that the French edition of this novel is marketed to the general public, while this edition in English is presented as a ‘young adult’ novel.


You can think about what happens after death and about whether God really exists. You can think about why parents get divorced all the time, why it’s always the wrong guy who likes you, where all the zits and pimples come from? You can think a lot about life. And Linnea thinks a lot. But when she becomes friends with Pia, it’s like a meeting of twin souls. Pia is someone she can talk to – about everything. About guys, about the afterlife, about Markus’s tanned neck, about politics…and more about guys. So why did Pia have to go and kill herself?

With self-deprecating candor, sixteen-year-old Linnea recounts the year following Pia’s suicide and her struggle to claim her grief over her lost soul mate. By turns uproarious and intensely sad, Linnea’s voice brings both her inner and outer worlds vividly to life for young readers, portraying the confusion, irony and humiliations of being a smart teen in an often ridiculous world.

Written by Thomas

2009-01-20 at 23:19

Ólafur Haukur Símonarson : Le cadavre dans la voiture rouge

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Le cadavre dans la voiture rouge
Ólafur Haukur Símonarson
Seuil, « Points. Roman noir »
ISBN 978-2-7578-1200-6
9 février 2009
14,95 $ au Canada


Divorcé, chômeur, Jonas accepte un poste d’instituteur dans un petit port perdu au nord de l’Islande. Il espère y mener une vie paisible, loin des hommes, mais la réalité s’avère un peu plus lugubre. Sourires hypocrites, intimidations, menaces, tentatives de meurtre… Dans le brouillard islandais, ce lieu supposé être un havre de paix ressemble furieusement à un traquenard !

Written by Thomas

2009-01-17 at 11:39

Halldór Laxness : Les annales de Brekkukot

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Les annales de Brekkukot
Halldór Laxness
Fayard, « Littérature étrangère »
ISBN 978-2-213-63260-5
19 février 2009
36,95 $ au Canada

In English: The Fish Can Sing


Au début du xxe siècle, le jeune Alfgrímur vit à Brekkukot, une ferme de tourbe située à la périphérie de Reykjavík, alors simple bourgade, chez le vieux couple qui l’a recueilli et qu’il considère comme ses grands-parents. Il y côtoie une bande délurée d’excentriques et de philosophes qui trouvent refuge dans le simple respect d’autrui, conformément à l’éthique des habitants de Brekkukot. L’enfance idyllique d’Alfgrímur et ses projets d’avenir, à savoir devenir pêcheur de lompe comme son grand-père, basculent lorsqu’il rencontre le chanteur lyrique islandais mondialement célèbre, le mystérieux Gardar Hólm, qui l’incite à atteindre « la note pure ». Mais comment peut-il y parvenir sans renoncer au monde qu’il aime ?

Dans ce roman curieux et merveilleux, où se mêlent histoires de voyageurs, mythes et légendes islandaises, le Prix Nobel de littérature dépeint avec humour et finesse l’univers restreint d’un jeune garçon confronté malgré lui au monde moderne.

Written by Thomas

2009-01-17 at 10:38

Kjell Ola Dahl : 96°

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Kjell Ola Dahl
Gallimard, « Série noire »
ISBN 978-2-07-042702-4
6 juillet 2005
25,50 $ au Canada

Titre original : Seksognitti


Quand Bendik Fleming sort de prison, il se promet de changer de vie : trouver un studio, un boulot stable, et s’occuper de sa fille, dont son ex ne veut pas qu’il s’approche. Pour son premier soir de liberté, il flâne dans les rues d’une petite ville de province, près d’Oslo, et se paye une bière au comptoir d’un pub. Il y fait la connaissance de Lillian et de son amant, Egil. Le temps d’un soir, il oublie toutes ses bonnes résolutions… Il faut dire qu’on est si bien avec Lillian…

Written by Thomas

2009-01-15 at 22:58

Kjell Ola Dahl: The Last Fix

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The Last Fix
Kjell Ola Dahl
Faber & Faber
ISBN 978-0-571-23294-9
28 July 2009
$10.99 in Canada

Original Title: En liten gyllen ring


Katrine Bratterud is on the verge of finishing a spell in drug rehab. One evening celebrating her success at the shore of a lake she senses that she is not alone. In the dim early morning light she sees a naked man approaching from out of the woods…The discovery of Katrine’s corpse the following day brings police officers Gunnarstranda and Frolich onto the case and into a world of secrets and lies that stretches back generations. Katrine’s past as a prostitute makes her easy prey to a series of men, who immediately become suspects – and victims. In a world of secrets can the Oslo Detectives find out the truth about these grisly murders in time before the killer strikes again…?

Written by Thomas

2009-01-15 at 22:22