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Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: The Locked Room

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New Edition:

The Locked Room
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-39049-3
6 October 2009
$17.99 in Canada

En français : La Chambre close

9780307390493

The stunning eighth installment in the Martin Beck mystery series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö is a masterful take on a classic locked room mystery.

A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room–with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound. Exploring the ramifications of egotism and intellect, luck and accident, this tour de force of detection bears the unmistakable substance and gravity of real life.

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Written by Thomas

2009-08-27 at 23:03

Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: The Abominable Man

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The Abominable Man
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-39090-5
6 October 2009
$17.99 in Canada

En français : L’Abominable Homme de Säffle

9780307390905

The striking seventh novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck facing one of the greatest challenges in his professional career.

The gruesome murder of a police captain in his hospital room reveals the unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and sheer brutality. Martin Beck and his colleagues feverishly comb Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman, who has plans for even more chaos. As the tension builds and a feeling of imminent danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption. That’s when an even stronger sense of responsibility and something like shame urge him into taking a series of drastic steps, which lead to a shocking disaster.

Written by Thomas

2009-08-27 at 23:00

Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Murder at the Savoy

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New Edition:

Murder at the Savoy
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-39091-2
2 June 2009
$16.99 in Canada

En français : Meurtre au Savoy

9780307390912

The shocking sixth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck investigating a brutal assassination.

When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and terrifies the tiny town of Malmö. No one in the restaurant can identify the gunman, and local police are sheepishly baffled. That’s when Beck takes over the scene and quickly picks through Palmgren’s background. What he finds is a web of vice so despicable that it’s hard for him to imagine who wouldn’t want Palmgren dead, but that doesn’t stop him and his team of dedicated detectives from tackling one of their most intriguing cases yet.

Written by Thomas

2009-08-27 at 22:41

Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: The Fire Engine That Disappeared

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New Edition:

The Fire Engine That Disappeared
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-39092-9
2 June 2009
$16.99 in Canada

En français : La voiture de pompiers disparue

9780307390929

The lightning-paced fifth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck investigating one of the strangest, most violent, and unforgettable crimes of his career.

The incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building’s eleven occupants. And if one of Martin Beck’s colleagues hadn’t been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because somehow a regulation fire-truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak? And what if, anything, did the explosion have to do with the peculiar death earlier that day of a 46-year-old bachelor whose cryptic suicide note consisted of only two words: “Martin Beck”?

Written by Thomas

2009-08-27 at 22:35

Gunnar Staalesen: The Writing on the Wall

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New edition:

The Writing on the Wall
Gunnar Staalesen
Arcadia Books (Eurocrime)
ISBN 978-1-906413-19-4
October 2009
$13.95 in Canada

Winner of The Golden Pistol Award (Best Norwegian Crime Novel)

It was one of those days in February of which there are far too many, despite its being the shortest month of the year. February is the year’s parenthesis. The tax forms have already been sent in and the tourist season has not yet started: there is nothing on the schedule. Greyish-brown slush lay in the gutters and the hills around the city were barely visible through the fog. Like the golden buttons on the waistcoat of a forgotten snowman, you could just make out the lights of the funicular up the hillside and the street lamps were lit even in the middle of the day…

In this crime drama detective Varg Veum’s adventures lead him into a dark world of privileged teenage girls who have been drawn into drugs and prostitution. The situation worsens when the local judge is discovered in a luxury hotel, dead and clad only in women’s lingerie. Called in by anxious parents to look for a missing daughter and explain the judge’s death, Varg finds clues that lead him only deeper into Bergen’s criminal underworld.

Written by Thomas

2009-08-23 at 15:03

Arnaldur Indriðason: Hypothermia

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Hypothermia
Arnaldur Indriðason
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35781-6
27 October 2009
$32.00 in Canada

En français : Hypothermie

9780307357816

The latest installment in the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award–winning Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, María, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a séance that María had attended, his curiosity is aroused.

Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman’s life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.

Written by Thomas

2009-08-23 at 14:49

Arnaldur Indriðason: Arctic Chill (paperback)

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Forthcoming paperback release:

Arctic Chill
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-35683-3
29 September 2009
$21.00 in Canada

See also: hardback edition
En français : Hiver arctique

9780307356833

On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy’s Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society. The boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.