Search Results: "Laurie Thompson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECOND DEADLY SIN by Åsa Larsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"The translation proves odd and stiff in places, veering between American and British colloquialisms, but this glimpse into Swedish life in the boonies is fascinating."
Another heinous murder in the frozen north. Read full book review >

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AN EVENT IN AUTUMN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"As a bonus, Mankell (A Treacherous Paradise, 2013, etc.) appends a reminiscence of Wallander's creation and a brief account of this tale's composition that includes its saddest sentence: 'There are no more stories about Kurt Wallander.'"
Great news for fans who feared they'd see no more of Kurt Wallander: a characteristically melancholy novella whose events take place in 2002, just before those of Wallander's last appearance (The Troubled Man, 2011). Read full book review >

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KENNEDY’S BRAIN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Louise is such a powerhouse that she almost salvages a plot too meandering to be persuasive."
Mankell shelves his estimable Kurt Wallander series (The Man Who Smiled, 2006, etc.) for a stand-alone about murder, conspiracy and an obsessive quest. The results are mixed. Read full book review >

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MÜNSTER'S CASE by Laurie Thompson
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Münster, who feels very much like a stopgap sleuth, cuts an even less assuming figure than Van Veeteren, who pops up as a kind of Greek chorus from time to time to remind you that it's his franchise. The mystery, like the detection, manages to be both routine and gripping."
Throughout his first five appearances translated into English (The Inspector and Silence, 2011, etc.), Chief Inspector Van Veeteren has constantly threatened to retire, but this time he seems to mean it, leaving the scant detecting honors here to Inspector Münster. Read full book review >

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STIEG LARSSON by Kurdo Baksi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"Readable but sometimes maudlin, adding up to not much more than notes for a future biographer."
A portrait of the late Swedish crime novelist by a longtime friend and fellow crusading journalist. Read full book review >

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QUICKSAND by Henning Mankell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'I have written about crime because it illustrates more clearly than anything else the contrasts that form the basis of human life,' writes Mankell. After digesting these piercing intimations of mortality, readers will suspect that some subjects illustrate those contrasts even more clearly."
Diagnosed with the cancer that would take his life in 2015, the creator of the Kurt Wallander mysteries (An Event in Autumn, 2014, etc.) casts an impassioned eye on life and death. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2007

"The second of Nesser's many Van Veeteren novels translated into English feels like a novelty episode in the middle of a series. Precise plotting and deadpan irony make it highly entertaining, but the paucity of character development may make readers yearn for the installments that led up to it."
From his hospital bed, Sweden's Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (Borkmann's Point, 2006) solves a baffling case. Read full book review >

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WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2009

"Van Veeteren's fourth English-language appearance (Mind's Eye, 2008, etc.) produces the amalgam all procedures seek: a distillation of commonplace crime and detection into something altogether more intense and humane."
Sweden's Chief Inspector Van Veeteren and his squad seek a serial killer avenging a terrible crime. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLED MAN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2011

"Though shivering in the winter of his discontent, Wallander will grip the reader hard. Flawed and occasionally exasperating, he is that rare thing: a true original."
Swedish detective Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (The Pyramid, 2008, etc.) makes a riveting 10th appearance in the strange case of the spy who was and wasn't. Read full book review >

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ITALIAN SHOES by Henning Mankell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Mankell (The Eye of the Leopard, 2008, etc.) provides a moving test of Welin's belief that 'people are close to each other so that they can be parted.'"
The creator of police detective Kurt Wallander presents a tale of mortal reckoning in which all the deaths are natural but none the less powerful. Read full book review >

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THE DOGS OF RIGA by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 2003

"When Mankell keeps his cases under 400 pages, his pacing benefits exponentially, producing this time a near-flawless performance in a distinguished series (Firewall, 2002, etc.)."
The head of homicide in Ystad, Sweden, is Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander—a good cop, a good man, but not exactly prepossessing. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF THE DANCING MASTER by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2004

"While some over-the-top plotting keeps this series debut a notch below Mankell's best, his audience will surely approve the new guy too heartily to inflict a serious hit."
Furloughing series hero Kurt Wallender (The Dogs of Riga, 2003, etc.), Mankell introduces Detective Stefan Lindman and saddles him with Wallender-like Weltschmerz. Read full book review >