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Kjell Eriksson: The Demon of Dakar (paperback)

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Now in paperback:

The Demon of Dakar
Kjell Eriksson
Minotaur Books
ISBN 978-0-312-36670-4
23 June 2009
$17.95 in Canada

See also: hardback edition

Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, international sensation Kjell Eriksson has quickly built a name for himself in the United States. In this highly acclaimed follow-up to The Cruel Stars of the Night, Manuel Alavez’s life is in ruins. One of his brothers is dead, the other is in jail, and the man who double-crossed both men is running a high-class successful restaurant. A series of dramatic events inevitably leads to murder, and Inspector Ann Lindell is forced to sample many fine meals at the restaurant as she attempts to thwart a cunning killer.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:12

Cora Sandel: Alberta Alone

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New Edition:

Alberta Alone
Cora Sandel
Peter Owen
ISBN 978-0-7206-1314-8
June 2009
£9.99 RRP*

* Canadian retail price via Scholarly Book Services unavailable at this time.

The work of one of Norway’s most distinguished twentieth-century novelists, Alberta Alone forms the last part of the Alberta trilogy, which traces the emotional development of a lethargic and unhappy girl into a self-sufficient woman. The previous volumes of this trilogy have been widely acclaimed as being among the masterpieces of contemporary literature.

In this third part, which stands as a novel on its own, Alberta, now mistress to Sivert, a Norwegian artist, is living in Paris with their small son. While Sivert is involved in a liaison with a Swedish painter, Alberta falls in love with Pierre, a writer who has just returned from the First World War. After a period of conflict Sivert and Alberta return to Norway, and there Alberta’s self-realisation becomes complete. With subtlety and insight, Cora Sandel depicts the gradual corrosion of a relationship, against the background of the aftermath of the Great War.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:02

Henrik Ibsen: Peer Gynt

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Peer Gynt
Henrik Ibsen
Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-955553-6
June 2009
$11.95 in Canada

Peer Gynt was Ibsen’s last work to use poetry as a medium of dramatic expression, and the poetry is brilliantly appropriate to the imaginative swings between Scandinavian oral folk traditions, the Morrocan coast, the Sahara Desert, and the absurdist images of the Cairo madhouse. This translation is taken from the acclaimed Oxford Ibsen.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:56

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales (A Selection)

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Fairy Tales
A Selection
Hans Christian Andersen
Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-955585-7
June 2009
$12.95 in Canada

Introduced by Naomi Lewis, Translated by L. W. Kingsland, Illustrated by Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frohlich

Includes: The Tinder-Box; The Princess and the Pea; Thumbelina; The Little Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Steadfast Soldier; The Ugly Duckling; The Snow Queen; The Little Match-Girl

See also: Tiina Nunnally’s translation of thirty Andersen fairy tales in a gorgeous Deluxe Classics edition from Penguin USA.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:48

Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Murder at the Savoy

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New Edition:

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

En français : Meurtre au Savoy


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
ISBN 978-0-307-39092-9
2 June 2009
$16.99 in Canada

En français : La voiture de pompiers disparue


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

Jo Nesbø : Le sauveur (poche)

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Prochainement en format poche :

Le sauveur
Jo Nesbø
Gallimard, « Folio policier »
ISBN 978-2-07-038972-8
22 juin 2009
19,95 $ au Canada

Voir aussi : édition grand format
In English: The Redeemer


En plein hiver à Oslo, l’Armée du Salut met les bouchées doubles pour aider les exclus. Un concert de charité organisé en présence du Premier ministre tourne pourtant au drame lorsqu’un bénévole s’écroule, un petit trou bien net dans le front. Ex-enfant soldat de Vukovar, héros de guerre qui slalomait la nuit entre les lignes serbes pour placer des bombes sous les chars, le tueur s’est enfui. Mais, bloqué à l’aéroport par une tempête de neige, ce spécialiste de l’élimination des criminels de guerre et des pédophiles réalise qu’il s’est trompé de cible et décide de rester pour achever son travail. Que sa véritable proie soit un membre influent de l’Armée du Salut, promis aux plus hautes fonctions, ne l’arrête pas. Il sait que l’habit ne fait pas toujours le moine. Tandis qu’Harry Hole entre à son tour dans la danse, le jeu sanglant du chat et de la souris ne fait que commencer…

Written by Thomas

2009-06-13 at 18:58