April 2009 - This is a selection from the mystery novels read
from July - December 2008 that I rate most highly—a mix of familiar
authors and a few new to me. The Other Side of Silence,
by Bill Pronzini, and Cold in Hand, by John Harvey,
are recent novels by masters of the genre. Pronzini sets his in Death Valley, California,
and Las Vegas, Nevada. Harvey brings back his Nottingham detective inspector Charlie Resnick,
In Angel's Tip, Alafair Burke continues her new
series set in Manhattan, New York, The daughter of James Lee Burke,
she already has five published and well-received novels, three set in Portland, Oregon, and the last two
in New York, where she teaches criminal law at Hofstra.
Double Blank: An Inspector Llob Mystery, by Yasmina Khadra,
is set in Algiers, a gritty noir work by Mohammed Moulessehou, an Algerian author and former
army officer, now exiled. He originally chose the female pen name Yasmina Khadra to
conceal his identity while still in the military.
Finally, two genre-bending works that excel both as mysteries and in another genre are
The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez (science
fiction with a robot detective in an imagined future "Empire City"), and
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
(alternate history in a Jewish state set up in Sitka, Alaska).
More about these Authors
Alafair Burke on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
John Harvey on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Yasmina Khadra on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Bill Pronzini on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia