August 2 - I didn't have time to update this website in June and
July, but I did manage to read a few novels worth recommending. Those in June,
all by reliably good writers, ranged from California to Weimar Germany to contemporary Spain,
Germany, and Sweden.
By far my favorite is the last volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series,
Luftslottet som Sprängdes, published in Sweden in 2007. It is just
as good as the first two, and the English translation is coming out in October
as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
If you have not read this trilogy featuring hacker Lisbeth Salander and
investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist, get started now.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and
The Girl Who Played with Fire are both
available in English. These are all long novels, but crisply written and fast
reads. If you are impatient and read even moderately well another language
they are available in, it's worth trying to practice your reading. They are
available in French, Spanish, German, Dutch, and other languages.
Robert Wilson's The Ignorance of Blood is
also the last in a series - four thrillers set in Seville and featuring police
investigator Javier Falcón. Like Le Carré's latest,
A Most Wanted Man, set in Hamburg, Wilson's series is rich with both local color and a complex contemporary
international milieu of both terrorism and international crime networks.
With Shadow and Light, Jonathan Rabb steps back in history to Berlin in the 1920s, with a preview of
the Nazi period, a follow-up to his earlier Rosa.
Pronzini's Schemers is the latest
in his Nameless Detective series, following two parallel cases in his usual
San Francisco and surrounding northern California setting.
More about these Authors
Stieg Larsson on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
John le Carre on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Bill Pronzini on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Jonathan Rabb on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Robert Wilson on Amazon | Bookmooch | Wikipedia