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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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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:48

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

Jo Nesbø: The Devil’s Star

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The Devil’s Star
Jo Nesbø
Vintage
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.

Written by Thomas

2009-11-23 at 23:04

Jo Nesbø: The Redbreast

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The Redbreast
Jo Nesbø
Vintage
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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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

Kjell Ola Dahl: The Last Fix

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The Last Fix
Kjell Ola Dahl
Faber & Faber
ISBN 978-0-571-23294-9
28 July 2009
$10.99 in Canada

Original Title: En liten gyllen ring

97805712329491

Katrine Bratterud is on the verge of finishing a spell in drug rehab. One evening celebrating her success at the shore of a lake she senses that she is not alone. In the dim early morning light she sees a naked man approaching from out of the woods…The discovery of Katrine’s corpse the following day brings police officers Gunnarstranda and Frolich onto the case and into a world of secrets and lies that stretches back generations. Katrine’s past as a prostitute makes her easy prey to a series of men, who immediately become suspects – and victims. In a world of secrets can the Oslo Detectives find out the truth about these grisly murders in time before the killer strikes again…?

Written by Thomas

2009-01-15 at 22:22