NIGHTBLIND by Ragnar Jónasson

NIGHTBLIND Ragnar Jónasson (ragnar-jonasson.squarespace.com) Translated by Quentin Bates (graskeggur.com) Orenda Books (orendabooks.co.uk) £8.99 The violent death of Siglufjördur’s police inspector heralds a new age for the small northern Icelandic town. There are rumours of drug deals gone bad, police corruption and the involvement of the town’s mayor and deputy mayor. Ari Thór Arason, Siglufjördur’s remaining […]

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STALLO by Stefan Spjut

STALLO Stefan Spjut Translated by Susan Beard Faber & Faber (www.faber.co.uk) £14.99 In the summer of 1978 young Marcus Brodin disappears from the cabin he is sharing with his mother in the remote woods of central Sweden. His mother claims he was taken by a giant, but her reliance on prescription drugs makes her an […]

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GAME by Anders de la Motte

GAME Anders de la Motte Translated by Neil Smith Blue Door (www.harpercollins.co.uk/…/blue-door) £7.99 Released 5th December 2013 When Henrik “HP” Pettersson finds a mobile phone on the train his first thought is how much it might fetch if he tried to sell it. The phone receives a message, addressing HP by name, and he starts […]

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THE BLACK PATH by Åsa Larsson

THE BLACK PATH Åsa Larsson Translated by Marlaine Delargy MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £18.99 Late last summer, MacLehose Press published Åsa Larsson’s Until Thy Wrath Be Past. Despite multiple attempts in my review to convince people that it was the third book in the series, it turns out that it was, actually, the fourth. MacLehose’s latest […]

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EASY MONEY by Jens Lapidus

EASY MONEY Jens Lapidus Translated by Astri von Arbin Ahlander Macmillan (www.panmacmillan.com) £12.99 Released: 2nd February 2012 When Jens Lapidus’ debut novel, Easy Money, landed on my desk, it came bearing a quote that is almost inevitable these days on the English translations of Swedish novels – the quote that compares this writer to Stieg […]

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