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Useful introduction to European thrillers
on 25 June 2014
Writers such as Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson established the reputation of Scandinavian thrillers in the UK, but the rush to exploit readers' enthusiasm for the genre has lead to the translation and publication of the work of other writers who are far below the standard of those earlier authors. The result is that more readers are now turning away from Scandinavian authors to examine the thrillers from other European countries, which are slowly becoming more available in translation. This book is a great help in finding one's way around this relatively new territory. It contains brief digests of the works of leading authors in this field from Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, and Romania, plus an update on Scandinavia, as a supplement to the author's previous book on this area, `Nordic Noir'. There are also a number of brief Appendices on publishers, crime films and other topics, including an interview with Sofia Helin, star of the TV serial The Bridge. Some readers may find them interesting, but with the exception of a short list of the recommended books for each country, I found they added very little and were more in the nature of fillers for this short book. Nevertheless, even ignoring the Appendices, this is a very useful, well-written, volume that enabled me to compile a list of potentially interesting thrillers that I will certainly start to explore.