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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.

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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Reissue:

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

Tarjei Vesaas: The Ice Palace

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New Edition:

The Ice Palace
Tarjei Vesaas
Peter Owen
ISBN 978-0-7206-1329-2
May 2009
£9.99 RRP*

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

A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer’s masterpiece. Siss and Unn are new friends – so new that they have spent only one whole evening in each other’s company. But so profound is that evening that when Unn inexplicably disappears Siss’s world is shattered. Siss’s struggle with her fidelity to the memory of her friend and Unn’s fatal exploration of the strange, terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that is the Ice Palace are described in prose of a lyrical economy that ranks among the most memorable achievements of modern literature.

Tarjei Vesaas is regarded as one of the finest writers ever to have come out of Scandinavia – he is notable for having been nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and has been considered one of the greatest prose stylists never to have won. Nevertheless, his reputation is secure and growing all the time. Peter Owen has long considered The Ice Palace to be the greatest work ever to have come from his publishing house, which boasts seven Nobel Prize winners on its list.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:36

Henning Mankell: The Man from Beijing

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The Man from Beijing
Henning Mankell
Knopf Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-39785-0
16 February 2010
$32.00 in Canada

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries comes an extraordinary stand-alone novel — both a mystery and a sweeping drama — that traces the legacy of the nineteenth-century slave trade between China and America.

January 2006. In the small Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, a horrific scene is discovered: nineteen people have been tortured and massacred an the only clue is a red silk ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has a particular reason to be shocked by the crime: her mother’s adoptive parents, the Andréns, are among the victims. Investigating further, she learns that an Andrén family living in Nevada has also been murdered. Travelling to Hesjövallen, she finds a diary, kept by a gangmaster on the railway built across America in the 1860s, full of vivid descriptions of the brutality with which the Chinese and other slave workers were treated. She discovers that the red silk ribbon found at the crime scene came from a local Chinese restaurant, and she learns that a Chinese man, a stranger to the town, was staying at a local boarding house at the time of the atrocity. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed such a horrific crime, but Birgitta suspects that there is much more to it, and she is determined to uncover the truth. Her search takes her from Sweden to Beijing and back, but Mankell’s narrative also takes us 150 years into the past: to China and America when the hatred that fuelled the massacre was born, a hatred transformed and complicated over time and that will catch up to Birgitta as she draws ever closer to discovering who is behind the Hesjövallen murders.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-13 at 22:07

Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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Millennium 3: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Stieg Larsson
Viking Canada
ISBN 978-0-670-06903-3
25 May 2010
$32.00 in Canada

En français : La reine dans le palais des courants d’air

Curiously, the title for the British edition that came out in October is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (hornets, plural), whereas this forthcoming North American edition from Random House USA & Penguin Canada is entitled The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (hornet, singular). Not sure what to make of this…

In the third volume in the explosive trilogy that has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, Lisbeth Salander confronts political corruption from her hospital bed while a killer lurks next door.

From the Canadian edition:

As The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest opens, Lisbeth Salander—the heart and soul of Larsson’s two previous novels—is under close supervision in the intensive care unit of a provincial Swedish city hospital. And she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: when she’s well enough, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for a triple murder. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will have to prove her innocence, and identify and denounce the corrupt politicians who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to become victims of abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot her revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is ready to fight back.

From the British edition:

Salander is plotting her revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release.

With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.

From the American edition:

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—is under close supervision in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: when she’s well enough, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will have to prove her innocence, and to identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse. And, on her own, she will plot her revenge—against the man who tried to kill her and the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Lisbeth Salander is ready to fight back.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-07 at 16:11

Gunnar Staalesen: The Consorts of Death

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The Consorts of Death
Gunnar Staalesen
Arcadia Books (Eurocrime)
ISBN 978-1-906413-38-5
May 2010
$12.95 in Canada

‘I got a telephone call from the past.’

Thus begins the thirteenth (other sources list it as the fifteenth) novel in the series about Bergen detective Varg Veum.

It is September 1995, and Veum is in his office when a telephone conversation takes him back twenty-five years, to a case he was involved in while working as a child protection officer, during the summer of 1970. A small boy was separated from his mother under tragic circumstances. But that had not been the end of it. In 1974 the same boy had surfaced in connection with a sudden death in his new home. And then again ten years later, in connection with yet another case: a dramatic double-murder in Sunnfjord. The small boy is now an adult, and on the run in Oslo, determined to take revenge on those responsible for destroying his life, among them the former child protection officer, now detective Veum.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-04 at 00:01