- The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
- The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
- Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister
- Breaking Point by C. J. Box
In The Golden Egg, Donna Leon’s latest Venetian mystery, Commissario Guido Brunetti looks into the suspicious death of the deaf and mentally disabled man who worked for his neighborhood dry cleaner. Marilyn Stasio with a review, also about new crime fiction books by Lisa Ballantyne, Jo Bannister and C. J. Box. Read more The New York Times.
»In conclusion, while crime fiction may be an important subject for postmodern literary analysis, the claim that it fills the gap left by the “political novel” of the 1980s and early 1990s by providing social, historical and political insight into contemporary South Africa appears unfounded.«
Freelance journalist and writer Anneke Rautenbach with an essay about crime fiction in South Africa. Her worth reading article you will find at litnet.
»This book kicked off what was to become a Norwegian tradition – Påskekrim, or ‘Easter Crime’. Grieg and Lie had noticed that Easter was a time when Norwegians took the opportunity to head off to their mountain cabins, or ‘hytte’, settle down next to a log fire, and put work to the back of their minds. And what better to aide their escapism than a nice crime novel?«
Camilla Swift reports about the Norwegian tradition called ‘Påskekrim‘ or ‘Easter Crime’. Why our nothern neighbours reading crime fiction on the holidays – find out at The Spectator.
»Crime and noir have always told the story of people who decide to cross an invisible, but palpable moral line. It then measures the wreckage—physical, emotional, and spiritual—that results from the voluntary crossing over into another ethical universe—a colder, tougher, and uglier universe. These same questions haunt the tales of The Bible and the lives of the saints.«
If you are looking for god in fiction you will find him in crime fiction, David Masciotra says. His essay Where’s the Faith in Fiction? Try Crime Novels about religion you can read at The Daily Beast.
»In my mind The Big O is set in very specific locations in and around my hometown of Sligo, but I was deliberate in not giving the story a particular setting because I was trying to suggest that crimes and their consequences are universal – i.e., that story could have taken place in any mid-sized town anywhere around the world.
»Generally though I think the curious thing about the crime fiction genre is how much freedom there is within it. While readers have some pre-conceptions about what they expect from a crime novel the whole point of the genre is that they want to be surprised – so I think there’s a bit of flexibility in there for writers.«
Let’s talk about crime fiction: William Ryan (his new novel The Twelfth Department will be published in May 2013) in conversation with Declan Burke (latest novel The Big O out as an e-book). Read the fourth instalment of a interesting series of conversations at Shotsmag.
»Hammett, Cain and Chandler in my opinion belong to realism as much as Hemingway, Döblin, Dos Passos and Steinbeck (the latter I would even put into naturalism).«
Once again an e-mail by Gunter Blank to Mike Nicol with a hot topic: Realism in crime fiction. Read the email exchange at Crime Beat @ Books LIVE.