Books by Neil Smith

BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman
Released: April 25, 2017

"A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time."
In Beartown, where the people are as "tough as the forest, as hard as the ice," the star player on the beloved hockey team is accused of rape, and the town turns upon itself. Read full book review >
THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund
Released: June 14, 2016

"A smart, rewarding psychological thriller, with an emphasis on both of those genre terms."
"How sick can a person get?" So, rightly, wonders a character toward the end of Sweden's newest entry in the race to claim Stieg Larsson's throne. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that 'it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me.'"
The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SON by Alexander Söderberg
Released: July 25, 2015

"A thriller with plenty of vectors but a better sense of direction than its predecessor."
A clearer picture of a fuzzy moral universe emerges in the middle of this thriller trilogy shot through with bad cops, good gangsters, and Scandinavian chill. Read full book review >
BOO by Neil Smith
Released: May 19, 2015

"Smith is often amusing in cute and clever ways, but there's a slyer, more satisfying humor in the twins Tim and Tom Lu, who owe something to Lewis Carroll's Tweedledum and -dee. The book's often earnest trip over the rainbow could have used more of that."
This first novel, a fugitive from the teen bookshelves, combines a school shooting and a whimsical afterlife in a touching tale of what friendship and growing up can mean. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >
THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Karlsson's deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work."
Could a banal office act as an incubator of madness? That's the question posed in this provocative fictional debut by a prominent Swedish actor. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2012

"The author claims that his method will increase profits—and they likely will—but changes in corporate culture will be required to realize them."
Assisted by veteran business and leadership writer O'Connell, Smith (CEO of Promontory Growth and Innovation) offers his recipe for business success. Read full book review >
MIDWINTER BLOOD by Mons Kallentoft
Released: June 5, 2012

"A complex, heartfelt, rather grueling procedural, middling for the current bumper crop of Scandinavian imports, and first of a series of four seasonal cases for Malin."
Kallentoft's first English-language translation pits Detective Inspector Malin Fors against a killer who committed an unspeakably ritualistic murder. Read full book review >
BANG CRUNCH by Neil Smith
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Smith's frequent focus on the bizarre clouds his vision."
Debut collection of nine limp stories, some realistic, others whimsical. Read full book review >