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Is the Mystery Novel Going Global?

by William Minter, May 2010

Author's note: I wrote this short essay at the request of the blog CriminalBrief.com, where it was first published in two parts on May 18 and May 25, 2010. The links in this file go to Amazon.com.

Sweden's Lisbeth Salander and Botswana's Precious Ramotswe may have little else in common. But these fictional detectives created by Stieg Larsson and Alexander McCall Smith are both harbingers of a trend which is gathering force: the globalization of the mystery novel. Along with the familiar scenes of English villages, London and Manhattan streets, and Los Angeles freeways, airport kiosks around the world feature books set in cold Nordic landscapes and African cities, in the high mountains of Tibet and in Brazil's Amazon. more ...