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»Perhaps readers in theocratic Middle Eastern countries (in the unlikely event that they are to pick up a novel such as this) might see Salazar as necessarily rigorous in carrying out God’s work, but for most Western readers, he will be a tough pill to swallow.«

Barry Forshaw

Detective novel reimagines Rome as a sinister theocratic state: Barry Forshaw about the novel God’s Dog by Diego Marani. His review at The Independent.

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Critic Barry Forshaw with his favorit crime books of 2013. His fine list at The Independent.

»The Bat channelled culture shock tactics with its fish-out-of-water Norwegian sleuth in Australia, and Cockroaches employs similar tactics with a far more rigorous attention to plotting than in the earlier book. The complex narrative and large dramatis personae are handled with steely authority, but what really makes the novel work is the fact that the picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turn out to be Harry Hole’s natural element, with Nesbø plumping his hero down in a very non-Norwegian setting.«

Barry Forshaw

Popular crime novels: Barry Forshaw about the novel Cockroaches by Jo Nesbø. His review at The Independent.