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Tom Egeland: The Guardians of the Covenant

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The Guardians of the Covenant
Tom Egeland
John Murray
ISBN 978-0-7195-2143-0
13 July 2009
$24.95 in Canada

En français : Les gardiens de l’Alliance

In the year 1013, Viking warriors raided an Egyptian tomb and unknowingly stole the greatest secret of the Old Testament. When a quirky archaeologist finds ancient Viking parchments containing runes and riddles, his mundane life is changed for good.

These codes lead him on a quest for clues in mysterious places, from Egyptian tombs to antiquarian bookshops. Powerful forces are against him, but he manages to unveil a religious cover-up with potentially fatal consequences.

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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 21:59

Lars Saabye Christensen: Beatles

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Beatles
Lars Saabye Christensen
Arcadia Books
ISBN 978-1-906413-07-1
April 2010
$17.95 in Canada

En français : Beatles

Four young Norwegians ride the first wave of Beatlemania in the spring of 1965 in this thoughtful yet playful novel. Kim Karlsen and his three buddies Gunnar, Ola, and Seb are obsessed with their musical heroes, and they even like to think of themselves as the Fab Four. Through the years, they play a lot of soccer, drink even more, and fall in and out of love. The result is a winsome chronicle of a generation, the youthful struggles and discoveries of the protagonists, and of growing up in a very special time.

Lars Christensen is the author of 12 novels, including The Half Brother, Herman, and The Model.

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2009-12-18 at 00:48

Gyðir Elíasson: Stone Tree

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Stone Tree
Gyðir Elíasson
Comma Press
ISBN 978-1-905583-08-9
September 2009
$17.95 in Canada

Along the lonely western shores of Iceland, among its vast mountain ranges and its barren lava fields, this sublime collection of short stories blends the desires and efforts of its numerous protagonists, nearly all intent on taking leave of their normal lives in order to pursue their dreams more seriously. A Boston ornithologist speeds through the landscape in a four-by-four chasing Arctic Terns; a schoolboy is relocated to the northernmost town of Siglufjördur to compete in a chess tournament; and a husband packs his wife off to visit her aunt in Sweden. Despite the desolation of their surroundings, the characters encounter strange company: ghostly presences in the early hours, enviable neighbors, and fellow writers with remarkably similar ambitions. Plotting a constellation of singular, glittering images that are rendered nonetheless complete, this magnificent compilation intersects the paths of its characters, who are at once isolated in their individual pursuits and yet connected in the vast realm of dreams.

Gyrðir Elíasson is a writer and a translator. His collection, The Yellow House, was awarded the Icelandic Literature Prize and the Halldor Laxnes Prize for Literature in 2000.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:41

Arnaldur Indriðason: Jar City

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New Edition:

Jar City*
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-954183-7
31 August 2009
$21.95 in Canada

* Previously published in English as Tainted Blood.

En français : La cité des Jarres

A man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, and the police have no obvious leads. The man lived alone and had no family, and of his only two friends, one is serving time for an array of petty crimes and psychotic violence, and the other hasn’t been heard of for twenty-five years.

Erlendur and his colleague Sigurdur Óli head the investigation team. They find a computer filled with downloaded pornography, and in a desk, the photograph of a young girl’s grave and the cryptic note left behind by the killer. Delving into the dead man’s past, they discover that forty years ago he was accused, though not convicted, of rape. Now Erlendur has to follow his instincts when his colleagues are losing faith in the investigation. Foraging into the past, Erlendur discovers that the city of Reykjavík has one or two secrets of its own, secrets it would rather keep.

Jar City is the first in a new and exciting series of crime novels from the land of the saga, and was a runaway success in Iceland.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:35

Arnaldur Indriðason: Voices

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New Edition:

Voices
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-954662-7
26 January 2010
$19.95 in Canada

En français: La voix

The third novel in the award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.

The Christmas rush is under way in a big Reykjavik hotel when the police are called to the scene of a murder. The hotel doorman (and long-time resident of its basement) has been stabbed to death. With the hotel fully booked, the manager is desperate to keep the murder under wraps and his reputation intact.

Detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the dead man had had a childhood brush with fame and that two old 45s on which he had sung have become prized collectors’ items. Estranged from his family for decades, why had the man continued to pay secret visits to his boyhood home?

As Detective Elinborg investigates a separate case of child abuse, and Erlendur continues to struggle both with his troubled family relationships and the ghosts of his own youth, their parallel stories probe deeper into the riddle of this latest Reykjavik Murder Mystery.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:26

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.

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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