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The Stronger Sex by Hans Werner Kettenbach
The Stronger Sex
Hans Werner Kettenbach
A young lawyer is brought in to defend a case of wrongful dismissal against a despotic, wheelchair bound industrialist by his younger former mistress and becomes attracted to his wife. German veteran Kettenbach often reminds the reader of Patricia Highsmith...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2011
Tattoo by Manuel Vazquez Montalban
Manuel Vazquez Montalban
Maxim Jakubowski's view... The Pepe Carvalho series by the late Spanish writer brings Barcelona to life in a rainbow of colours, smells and tastes. The gourmet sleuth has a touch of Maigret, but with an added Mediterranean joie-de-vivre and his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2008
Death in August by Marco Vichi
Death in August
Marco Vichi
Bestsellers in Italy, the Inspector Bordelli mysteries finally reach us here. Set in Florence in the 1960s, they feature a fascinating cop and disillusioned anti-hero who rails against both injustice and the corrupt system but faces classic murder cases with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2011
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
The Hypnotist
Lars Kepler
When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Inspector Joona Linna is brought in to investigate the murky case and soon uncovers an unsettling connection to disgraced hypnotist and medic Erik Maria Bark. With uber-villains in the Thomas Harris mould...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/05/2011
Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti
Affairs of State
Dominique Manotti
A past winner of Crime Writers' Association International Dagger, French author Manotti's crime books invariably focus on the injustice in contemporary society and the corruption that ensues. Her latest novel to be translated is a tale of intrigue and corruption...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2009
Black Heart by Mike Nicol
Black Heart
Mike Nicol
Although written in English (unlike his compatriot Deon Meyer who writes in Afrikaans), Nicol's Cape Town-set series of thrillers are as much a total immersion into an alien environment for an English reader. This is the final volume in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2011
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund, Borge Hellstrom
Three Seconds
Anders Roslund, Borge Hellstrom
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2011. Further explorations of the dark side of Swedish society with a particularly brutal and vivid touch. An undercover cop is sent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri
The Wings of the Sphinx
Andrea Camilleri
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2011. Already the eleventh volume available in English of the Inspector Montalbano Sicily-set series which is rapidly becoming an acquired taste for the Anglo-Saxon reader (and might even prove more popular should the TV...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2011
A Death in Calabria by Michele Giuttari
A Death in Calabria
Michele Giuttari
Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara works for the Anti-Mafia Investigation Department (not unlike Giuttari himself who ran the Florence Police Force until 2003) and his cases take him all over Italy. The series has taken him so far to Florence and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
The Gigolo Murder A Hop-Ciki-Yaya Thriller by Mehmet Murat Somer
The Gigolo Murder A Hop-Ciki-Yaya Thriller
Mehmet Murat Somer
The sleuthing adventures of transvestite Istanbul detective Hop-Ciki-Kaya might not teach you much about Turkey today, but they are a barrel of laughs, a camp tango around the fringes of Turkish society and a frenetic demolition squad of stereotypes, with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
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Following the overwhelming success of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander novels, Nordic crime fiction is now all the rage. Both the Wallander novels by Henning Mankell and the Harry Hole investigations by Jo Nesbo are fast following in their footsteps in the bestseller lists, while a cohort of other Scandinavian mystery writers are all queuing at the gates.


Karin Fossum, Anne Holt (Norway), Arnaldur Indridason, Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Iceland), Asa Larsson, Ake Edwardson, Camilla Ceder, Mari Jungstedt, Johan Theorin, Hakan Nesser, Camilla Lackberg, Liza Marklund (Sweden), Leif Davidsen (Denmark) being the most prominent but still the tip of a mighty iceberg. However welcome this new-found interest in foreign culture and crime is, it should not obscure the fact that, outside Scandinavia, there also exists a wonderful flowering of crime fiction in other languages.

These are some of the other 'bloody foreigners' I would recommend you looking out for. None of them require a passport; just a taste for good plotting and mighty thrills.

Below is Maxim Jakubowski's list of International Crime authors. Click the author name to read his comment.
Hans Werner Kettenbach
Manuel Vazquez Montalban
Marco Vichi
Lars Kepler
Dominique Manotti
Mike Nicol

Roslund & Hellstrom

Andrea Camilleri

Michele Giuttari

Mehmet Murat Somer