Search Results: "Don Bartlett"


BOOK REVIEW

NEMESIS by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist."
Oslo's favorite cowboy, Inspector Harry Hole, tackles the case of the serial bank robber with an itchy trigger finger. Read full book review >

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COCKROACHES by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Perhaps the most original touch in this early, well-wrought adventure is the most depressing: Despite Bangkok's well-earned reputation for moral and official corruption, the most repulsive cockroaches Harry finds are consistently Norwegians."
Following the debut (The Bat, 2013) that took Harry Hole to Australia, this second case (originally published in 1998) takes Harry to Bangkok, filling the final gap in the Norwegian cop's 10 best-selling adventures to date (Police, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BAT by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2013

"Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all."
Inspector Harry Hole's 1997 debut finally follows its seven successors into English translation. Read full book review >

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IT'S FINE BY ME by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Will Audun ever break free of his father's legacy? Petterson leaves that key question hanging and the reader unsatisfied."
Coming-of-age in 1960s Norway; the fifth novel from the Norwegian native, best known for Out Stealing Horses (2007). Read full book review >

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THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"The smart, suspenseful cat-and-mouse game will remind some readers of Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 film Insomnia—and that's high praise indeed."
Erica Jong meets Stephen King meets, yes, Stieg Larsson in this superb thriller, the eighth by Norwegian mystery writer Nesbø. Read full book review >

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BEFORE I BURN by Gaute Heivoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Closer in tone to François Traffaut's Shoot the Piano Player or a Tom Waits song/story than an airport mystery novel."
One of Norway's most famous writers investigates a strange series of fires not by examining the ashes, but by looking in the mirror. Read full book review >

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THE LEOPARD by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Good for a nightmare or three—a taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns."
Another spooky gothic by Norwegian gloomster Nesbø (The Snowman, 2011, etc.), the poet laureate of boreal psychopathy. Read full book review >

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I REFUSE by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Without pyrotechnics, Petterson brings his characters and working-class Norway vividly, even passionately, to life; days after they finish the novel, readers may still have dreams of ice cracking."
Norwegian Petterson (It's Fine By Me, 2012, etc.) shows his considerable gift for exploring the darker crevices of boyhood in this elegiac story of two long-estranged friends whose lives have not turned out as they expected.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAITHLESS by Kjell Ola  Dahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A glum, low-concept, diffusely plotted procedural that's much more disturbing scene by scene than as the rather lumpy whole it appears to be in the rearview mirror."
Dahl, content to go by his initials in the English translations of his earlier Norwegian procedurals (Lethal Investments, as K.O. Dahl, 2012, etc.), unfurls his full name in signing his seventh. Read full book review >

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MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout."
The narrator of the six-volume memoir-novel confronts his late teens, in which he defies his father by behaving much like him. Read full book review >

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ANNA’S HEAVEN by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Deeply affecting. (Picture book. 8-11, adult)"
Hole once again tackles the hard issues in children's literature, this time grief, with his now-signature blend of beautiful, thoughtful and quirky images (Garmann's Secret, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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ASHES IN MY MOUTH, SAND IN MY SHOES by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Arvid's is far from an unhappy childhood, but writing within a child's limited vision, Petterson uses what's unspoken to wrench the reader's heart."
Readers of Petterson's award-winning Out Stealing Horses (2007) will find this translation of the Norwegian author's first published book, scheduled to appear in conjunction with his latest novel, I Refuse, takes a gentler approach to childhood.Read full book review >