Are we ready for the New Year yet? Hell, I am. This past year wasn’t a very good one for me personally but reading wise? I’ve discovered new authors this past year that I would like pimp just one last time along with some other stuff that you may or may not find interesting.
Nordic Crime Fiction Writers
Jo Nesbo. This year, I was impressed with Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series set in Oslo, Norway(wiki so spoilers). Hat tip to Trisha for recommending him to me. What makes his books so compelling? They read like movies and as police procedurals, the stories are told on a global playing field. I’m always learning something from his books. He is an auto-buy.
The plots thus far have centered on revenge in it’s various incarnations. This character driven series isn’t completely translated to English yet but the few titles that are available like The Redbreast, The Devil’s Star and Nemesis should be available (or coming soon). I’ve found the next Harry Hole book to be released in the UK in March. Yes, I buy them from the UK because it seems to take for-evah to get to the U.S.
Other Mystery Writers I’ve Enjoyed in 2009
Christa Faust. Finally read “Money Shot” by Christa Faust who also has a sequel for it coming out next year titled Choke Hold. Thanks to Wendy for this rec. Faust writing is incredible but as a romance reader at heart, I say stay away unless you are prepared for the unpredictable and since this isn’t romance but crime fiction – no HEA. I did say her writing was incredible right?
Stuart Neville. Impressive debut with The Twelve (UK) or US version, The Ghosts of Belfast. Well plotted and heavy on the politics and the lead, Gerry Fegan is quite interesting. He’s an ex-contract killer being haunted by the ghosts of the people he’s killed. He’s looking for redemption.
Ken Bruen. Love Ken Bruen and he never fails to impress me. I’m up to book five now (and slowly reaching the finish line). His Jack Taylor series is what I’m reading now and the stories are set in Galway, Ireland. For several years I’d heard nothing but great things about Bruen and finally understand why he is so revered as a crime fiction writer. Awesome writer that I recommend most highly.
Ed McBain. Master wordsmith are two words that come to mind when describing McBain’s work. He was a great writer and I had the pleasure to read two of his books this past year that I enjoyed fully: The Pusher and Hark! that were apart of the longest running 87th Precinct series. Highly recommend him as well and I certainly plan to read more, too.
Crime Fiction I’ve Bought and Can’t Wait to Read
Another Nordic writer, Johan Theorin, has two books available (in “e” as well) and they are Echoes From the Sea and The Darkest Room. Can’t wait to read these stories set in Öland. It seems that crime fiction from over the pond is the hottest thing ever right now and I can see why.
Arnaldur Indridason Iceland mysteries featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinnson, first book is Jar City and I’ve already started it so look for a review.
Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy has made the rounds. Everywhere you look and read, there’s a comment or a review about them positive and negative. From my small circle, I’ve heard the books are not all that great but the buzz surrounding these books has prompted Jane read the first book (and she rarely reads this kind of stuff). I bought the first two as well and plan to dive into them shortly.
Delays and Discontinued Series, Etc
If you’re reader, I’m sure you’ve come across a discontinued series or two in your travels this year. I just recently found out that the next entry in Dana Stabenow’s Liam Campbell series has been delayed. The author tweeted back to me that another project has taken its place for now. Well, we’ve waited this long for another book so what’s a few more years?
Was also disappointed to learn that Clinton McKinzie’s police procedural’s set in Wyoming were discontinued by his publisher. I enjoyed his novels that featured a peace officer in exile who loved mountain climbing. My favorites are dropping like flies here.
What Can You Expect in 2010?
I’m a romance reader at heart but will more than likely focus more on mystery titles with an emphasis on romance if it’s there. Some of the most compelling romantic subplots often are in…mysteries. That’s been my experience anyway. But as usual, I’ll read and post about what books I’ve enjoyed or not enjoyed. Will try to stick to a schedule as well. So consider this my last post for this year. I’m battling a cold will cut this short. But anyway, Happy New Year to you all. Appreciate your visiting and contributing your thoughts to my blog.
Oh yeah, look for sign-up for the 2010 TBR Challenge the next week with themes like last year. Ok, that’s it. I’m out of here. HAPPY NEW YEAR!