January 15, 2010 |
It is a world of bleak twilights and tortured souls. A world of cold dawns and dour sleuths. A world of frozen lakes and repressed detectives. A world of winters and losers. Yet as grim, glum and downright depressing as a Scandinavian setting for a mystery novel can be, something remarkable is afoot: Such novels continue to be fabulously popular in the United States and internationally. In the next few months, major new whodunits set in places such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland will be released, including "The Man From Beijing" (Knopf)
November 6, 1986 |
". . . They lay like butchered animals in a waste of blood . . . ," P. D. James wrote. "One corpse had slipped from the low single bed to the right of the door and lay staring up at her, the mouth open, the head almost cleft from the body. . . ."
May 5, 2002
*--* Southern California Rating FICTION *--* *--* 1 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon (Picador: $15) Cousins in the comics biz 2 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Vintage: $14.95) A warmhearted novel about working-class lives in Maine 3 FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury (Ballantine: $6.99) An alternate future when government makes books the enemy 4 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS by Anne Tyler (Ballantine: $14.95) A mom gets another chance at love 5 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS by P.D.