August 2 - I didn't have time to update this website in June and
July, but I did manage to read a few novels worth recommending. For me, none
come up to the 5-stars quality of Stieg Larsson's and John le Carré's latest,
which I read in June. But they all are nicely written,
and do have a sense of different places.
Sun Storm, by Ĺsa Larsson, is set in the
unusual context of Sweden's far north and of a fundamentalist milieu which
most of us would associate more with the rural U.S. South than with Sweden.
Personally, I find an urban milieu more congenial, but this is worth checking
out. This and several other novels by Larsson are available in English.
Cara Black (Murder in the Rue du Paradis)
and Lynda La Plante (Deadly Intent) revisit
their familiar milieus of France and England respectively, with twists of
connections to Turkey and to international drug smuggling, respectively.
Drybone Hollow, by John Billheimer, and
Stalking Moon, by David Cole, place themselves
with credible local color in West Virginia and the Arizona/Mexico border area.
Both are part of series that are reliably well-written and engaging.
Dan Fesperman, in The Amateur Spy, and
Jeremiah Healy, in Spiral, venture out of
their most familiar territories in the former Yugoslavia and Boston,
respectively. Not bad, but one can't help feeling Fesperman is much less at home
in the Middle East, and Healy less at home in Florida, than they would be on
their home-ground territories in Europe and New England.
More about these Authors
John Billheimer on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Cara Black on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
David Cole on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Dan Fesperman on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Jeremiah Healy on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Lynda La Plante on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Asa Larsson on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia