Books by Tom Geddes

Released: June 5, 2012

"Fans of Henning Mankell's majestically lumbering police procedurals will relish every twist in the long road to resolution. Less patient readers should look to Hanne's later adventures."
Politics and drugs make uneasy bedfellows in this first case for Hanne Wilhelmsen, the Oslo police inspector most recently seen on these shores in 1222 (2011). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A frustrating read that promises more than it delivers."
In this study of Swedish crime-writing sensation Stieg Larsson (1954-2004), journalist Pettersson, who published Larsson's first book in 2001 (not part of the Millenium Trilogy) opens with the claim that it is "not a biography in the conventional sense." Read full book review >
HASH by Torgny Lindgren
Kirkus Star
by Torgny Lindgren, translated by Tom Geddes
Released: March 8, 2004

"A brilliant comic novel, unlike anything else you've ever read."
The continuity of the life force takes charmingly eccentric form in this latest from Swedish author Lindgren (The Way of the Serpent, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
LONG JOHN SILVER by Björn Larsson
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Swedish writer Larsson's first US publication, a retelling of the life of the pirate Silver, is a mild confection, perhaps sweetest for fans of Treasure Island who can rely on that classic to provide the motive to keep turning these many pages. Comfortably retired on Madagascar in 1742, Silver is nettled that all the literature written about his life has got it wrong. Amid his plundered riches and house staff, he opens his recollections during his youth back in Scotland, where he's raised a motherless son by a drunken father. Having learned the knack of plucky self-reliance, he takes to the sea, is shipwrecked, and later is rescued by Dunn, a charitable soul of baffling kindness. Silver falls in love with Eliza, Dunn's daughter, but after he witnesses a murder, the three are forced to flee England. Dunn and Eliza don—t make it out, but Dunn's son, the impish, cowardly Deval, clings to Silver like a barnacle. The bulk of the story tells of Silver's adventures at sea. He sails first with Edward England, whose spirit is ultimately snapped by the cruelty of the buccaneer's life; and later with a slave ship, among whose "cargo" he inspires a rebellion against the vicious Captain Butterworth and his ruthless aide, Scudamore. Sold into slavery himself in St. Thomas, Silver escapes and ultimately joins up with Captain Flint. With Flint, Silver loses his leg when the cowardly Deval shoots him from behind as the pirates board a ship. Silver exacts his revenge by having Deval's leg sawed off and roasted over an open flame—thus, Silver's nickname, "Barbecue." The action scenes in these passages are what make the book, since Silver's meditations on slavery, independence, honor, and human rights are something less than stirring. Few of Stevenson's Treasure Island readers, indeed, have been terribly gripped by Silver's inner life. Still, the genial old salt is harmless enough and capable of telling a fair and bloody old memory more often than not. Read full book review >