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Anne Holt : Madame la Présidente

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Madame la Présidente
Anne Holt
Plon, « Policier »
ISBN 978-2-259-20738-6
9 novembre 2009
41,95 $ au Canada

La Présidente des États-Unis, en voyage officiel en Norvège, a disparu. En pleine fête nationale, la panique s’empare des autorités. En un éclair, la police est sur les dents, le FBI débarque à Oslo et, avec lui, Scifford, profiler chevronné.

Scifford est aussi l’homme de l’ombre du passé de Vik. Et c’est Stubø, son fidèle coéquipier et mari, qui est désigné par Scifford pour l’aider dans ses recherches. L’affaire sème le trouble au sein de notre couple d’enquêteurs. Mais elle a surtout semé le chaos dans le monde : la bourse s’écroule, les relations avec l’Iran et l’Arabie Saoudite se dégradent, le cours du pétrole s’envole, la nation américaine cède à la psychose.

Derrière le scénario catastrophe, Anne Holt tisse la toile d’une intrigue diabolique et inattendue, entre terroristes potentiels, secrets personnels, trahisons au coeur du pouvoir et manipulations obscures.

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2009-11-24 at 11:07

Selma Lagerlöf: The Saga of Gösta Berling

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The Saga of Gösta Berling
Selma Lagerlöf
ISBN 978-0-14-310590-9
29 September 2009
$20.00 in Canada

Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She assured her place in Swedish letters with this sweeping historical epic, her first and best-loved novel, and the basis for the 1924 silent film of the same name that launched Greta Garbo to stardom. Set in 1820s Sweden, it tells the story of a defrocked minister named Gösta Berling.

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2009-11-23 at 23:15

Jo Nesbø: The Devil’s Star

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New Edition:

The Devil’s Star
Jo Nesbø
ISBN 978-0-09-954676-4
2 November 2009
$19.95 in Canada

See also: previous edition
En français : L’étoile du diable

It seems the city of Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. Only he is not happy with his colleague Tom Waaler, whom he suspects of arms smuggling and murder. A previous Jo Nesbø title was voted best Norwegian crime novel of all time.

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2009-11-23 at 23:04

Jo Nesbø: The Redbreast

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New Edition:

The Redbreast
Jo Nesbø
ISBN 978-0-09-954677-1
2 November 2009
$19.95 in Canada

En français : Rouge-Gorge (2004)

1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.

The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published [note: Random House Canada are mistaken, this is not true; he won the Glass Key for Flaggermusmannen, which has never been translated into English], and was subsequently voted Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

Written by Thomas

2009-11-23 at 22:51

Jo Nesbø: The Redeemer

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New Edition:

The Redeemer
Jo Nesbø
Vintage Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35573-7
9 March 2010
$19.95 in Canada

See also: previous edition
En français : Le sauveur

The Redeemer is the fourth in the Harry Hole series to be translated into English.

A mixture of religion, urban misery, modern European history and grisly horror story, The Redeemer takes the crime writing of Jo Nesbø to yet another level, establishing him firmly as one of the international top names in crime fiction. Through snow-swept, Christmas-illuminated Oslo town, Inspector Harry Hole chases a faceless contract killer from the former Yugoslavia among the homeless junkies, perverts and Salvationists, eagerly waiting for a new saviour to deliver them from misery – whether he brings new life or immediate death.

Written by Thomas

2009-11-23 at 22:29

Jo Nesbø : The Snowman

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The Snowman
Jo Nesbø
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35865-3
16 March 2010
$27.95 in Canada

En français : Le bonhomme de neige

The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowman confirms Jo Nesbo’s position as an international star of crime fiction.

Written by Thomas

2009-11-23 at 22:16

Per Petterson: I Curse the River of Time

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I Curse the River of Time
Per Petterson
Harvill Secker

UK ‘C’ format hardback:
ISBN 978-1-84655-300-4
27 July 2010
$42.50 in Canada

UK ‘C’ format trade paperback:
ISBN 978-1-84655-301-1
27 July 2010
$32.95 in Canada

Update 2010-01-04 — Rather than import the British edition(s) as originally planned, Random House have instead opted to publish an edition specifically for the Canadian market:

Knopf Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-39938-0
31 August 2010
$32.00 in Canada

Winner of the 2009 Nordic Council Literature Prize

It is 1989 and all over Europe Communism is crumbling. Arvid Jansen, 37, is in the throes of a divorce. At the same time, his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Over a few intense autumn days, we follow Arvid as he struggles to find a new footing in his life, while all the established patterns around him are changing at staggering speed. As he attempts to negotiate the present, he casts his mind back to holidays on the beach with his brothers, to courtship, and to his early working life, when as a young Communist he abandoned his studies to work on a production line. I Curse the River of Time is an honest, heartbreaking yet humorous portrayal of a complicated mother-son relationship told in Petterson’s precise and beautiful prose.

Written by Thomas

2009-11-23 at 22:00