Month: May 2016

The Vanished: Nordic Noir

(Update: September 28 – review reflection coming shortly) I’ve just started The Vanished, by Denmark’s brother and sister team, Lotte and Soren Hammer. I’m 5% into it and I expect to be up all night devouring it. Why is this news? Well, because the sibling Hammer’s debut novel, The Hanging – while receiving rave reviews in native Denmark and other nordic parts – bombed miserably in its English version – because, well, because the English translation was abysmal – and the initial cover was shite also. Lots of very peeved people on Amazon expressing their peevety in no uncertain terms. I...

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Book Review: The Tipping Point

As the saying goes, better late than never. I hope it applies here, because I promised this review some months ago, but then experienced certain personal setbacks which I won’t divulge (keeping it mysterious, as is appropriate to the subject matter of this blog). The Tipping Point, by Walter Danley, is a selection of Book Club Reading List. The book was a fun, breezy read for me because of it’s fast plotting, tension and suspense and because it took me into an unfamiliar world (beyond my comfort zone as a crime novel reviewer), that of big business and its sometimes ruthless,...

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