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on 7 August 2014
While I was pleased to have some new authors to explore I found the author's writing style rather irritating. It was probably meant to draw the reader in but I found the references to drinks with authors in London or other settings annoying and superfluous - it's more like a blog in this respect.
He isn't very critical of most of the featured writers either, but I guess this is his personal taste coming through - there are some writers he praises which I have found to be poor or unreadable.
So I'm not sure how much this is a 'guide' as Barry Forshaw's preferences. And he left out an Italian writer whose book I found totally frightening - Luca di Fulvio Mannequin Man. But I appreciate he couldn't cover everything/one.
I did find the appendices a bit superfuous too.
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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.
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on 2 June 2014
This readable guide to European crime fiction,film and TV ,follows on from the author's previous book 'Nordic Noir.'
It focuses on work from eleven European countries ,and also provides updates on the latest offerings from the Nordic countries.
The book is assiduously researched ,and has interesting contributions from authors,publishers,and aficionados of the genre.
An enjoyable read that is likely to leave enthusiasts with larger reading and viewing lists.
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on 31 October 2014
This is a fantastic guide to European crime fiction, film and TV from one of the foremost afficionados in the genre. From first page until last, Forshaw shares a wealth of knowledge and understanding of what makes the books and authors listed their countries finest examples.
His honest appraisals make for refreshing reading as he points out flaws and cliches as well as highlighting what makes the books mentioned so special.
The only fault I can possibly find with this book is that it has just doubled my Wish List.
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on 7 September 2014
An excellent too brief guide to the latest in Eurocrime in translation. I've already started to read some of these recommendations here. I shan't mention specific writers, read the book and you will find something for you. Only quibble is that there is maybe too much about the historical greats, though for those new to the subject I imagine it is probably of interest
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on 10 April 2015
Provides a country by country introduction with key authors discussed and their finest novels recommended. A handy guide to get you started on a trans-european journey in crime.
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on 27 April 2015
Well written exquisite and interesting book.
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on 7 August 2014
A very good overview of modern non-English language crime fiction giving lots of ideas on new authors to read.
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