Books by James Anderson

LULLABY ROAD by James Anderson
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"At times, Anderson seems to take on more than he can chew, but the narrator's dolefully observant and engagingly self-deprecating voice holds together this cluttered tale."
"We are the trouble we seek," says Ben Jones, the half-Jewish, half-Native American trucker who narrates this book. That seems especially true of the lost souls traversing the bleak landscape of this harrowing, dryly antic novel. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 2016

"Anderson dedicates his book in memory of such masters of hard-boiled noir as Ross Macdonald, Robert B. Parker, and James Crumley, and it's the latter's gift for poetic description, antic violence, and roadside gothic that resounds most in what one hopes will be the beginning of a beautiful series."
The great tradition of hard-boiled crime novels finds new and promising territory in the Utah desert. Read full book review >
I CAN SEE IN THE DARK by Karin Fossum
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Despite a conclusion as unsatisfying as it is inevitable, a chilling portrait of a dead-eyed devil whose self-excusing mantra is 'If I only had a woman!'"
Fossum gives Inspector Konrad Sejer (Eva's Eye, 2013, etc.) a sabbatical so she can plumb the depths of a sociopathic nurse without a corrective moral counterpart.Read full book review >
EVA'S EYE by Karin Fossum
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Originally published in Norway in 1995, this tour de force doesn't have the remorseless wall-to-wall creepiness of Sejer's most chilling cases (The Caller, 2012, etc.). But it's more than a worthy introduction to one of Norway's leading cops for newcomers and a treasure for fans."
Inspector Sejer's first case. Read full book review >
RUFFEN by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Having gained natatorial prowess (Ruffen: The Sea Serpent Who Couldn't Swim, 2008), little Ruffen's ready to explore the world, and when his Aunt Nessie invites him for a visit, off he goes. It's a long way to Scotland, so he hitches a ride in the mouth of Henry the whale ("One time I had a man living here for more than three days. I think his name was Jonah") but is apprehended on the overland leg of the journey and imprisoned in a zoo. He quickly stages a zoobreak and carries all the former captives (who fend off their would-be re-captors with a mammoth fart) to Loch Ness, where Aunt Nessie serenades them all with the bagpipes. Hansen decorates his black-and-white line drawings with jewel-toned accents, equipping all his characters with big, sad eyes and Ruffen with a distinctive mop of hair. Kooky details keep this overlong Norwegian import from sinking entirely into its daft illogic: Nessie sports tartan spots; the zoo is located in "The-Town-With-The-Name-No-One-Can-Say." Still, the nonending of an ending will disappoint readers who have grown fond of Ruffen and his pals. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
RUFFEN by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

A small sea serpent becomes a big hero in this mildly offbeat Norwegian import. Having missed the boat when the swimming lessons were being handed out, Ruffen is mocked by his fellow monsters—until he helps an octopus named 1492 (in honor of Columbus's first voyage, don't you know), secretly receives lessons in return and then, during a massive storm, rescues a beleaguered ocean liner. In contrast to the text's matter-of-fact tone, the comical black-and-white illustrations—which include highlights in, mostly, monochrome yellow and yellowish-green—feature a large clan of sea serpents resembling oversized, heavily scaled tadpoles with soulful eyes and tangles of distinctly spaghetti-like hair. Having towed the short yet uncommonly tall ship into New York Harbor, Ruffen returns in triumph to his family, sporting a huge gold medal and singing a merry ditty (musical arrangement provided) about a fierce dragon who flew "with help / from a twisted rubber band." Ruffen's not quite another Little Toot, but younger readers will be pleased to see his fortitude properly recognized. (Picture book. 7-8) Read full book review >
by Leong Va, translated by James Anderson, illustrated by Leong Va
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

Translated from the Norwegian, an earnest fable about a girl who counters sexism in ancient China: she proves her value by presenting to the king, who is unjustly imprisoning her father, an eloquent letter offering to take his place. While the message is worthy, the unattributed story (V† first heard it in his childhood, says the jacket) is burdened with irrelevant and/or unlikely details; the naive illustrations are attractive, but the Chinese text that appears as a superscript is nowhere explained. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >