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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THE INSPECTOR AND SILENCE by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Van Veeteren's fifth case to be translated into English (Woman with Birthmark, 2009, etc.) builds slowly, the grim haunting plot perfectly suited to the methodical, stoic hero."
Inspector Van Veeteren probes a religious camp after a series of anonymous calls reports a missing girl. 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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MIND’S EYE by Håkan Nesser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2008

"Amiable Van Veeteren is a sly, cocksure sleuth."
Sweden's brilliant Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren solves a knotty puzzle—a little too late—in this first installment in the Van Veeteren series (The Return, 2007, etc.); two other volumes in the series have already been published in the United States. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO SMILED by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Slow as an ice floe, but the Wallander Weltschmerz maintains its peculiar grip."
Will Ystad, the midsized Swedish city that never thaws, have to bid farewell to the brilliant/vulnerable/Maigret-like Detective Chief Inspector who's kept it law-abiding all these years? 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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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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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Four OK stories capped by a perfect gem of a novella, 'The Pyramid,' which no fan of Wallander (The Man Who Smiled, 2006, etc.) should miss."
The early adventures of Kurt Wallander, that most human of all fictional detectives, are revealed in a collection of short mysteries. 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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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 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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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 >