Favourite Discovery of 2011
Absolutely the best thing that I have read this year is Carlo Lucarellis De Luca trilogy (Carte Blanche (Carta Bianca), The Damned Season (L’estate Torbida) and Via delle Oche ) – small delicately shaped morsels (the longest is 160 pages and all three together are shorter than your typical doorstop novel).
In the last days and aftermath of World War II Italy, the world of Commissario de Luca, a fundamentally good man driven by a desire for justice who is (and has been) forced by circumstance to work for people with evil in the hearts is, to my mind, one of the great creations of modern crime fiction. I have the award winning TV movie adaptions on my to-be-watched list for Christmas and can’t wait.
Best of 2011
Of the new releases in 2011 (either in paperback or hardback), I would recommend (not in any particular order)
- Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason (the 9th book in the series but using Elinborg rather than Erlendur as the chief protagonist)
- Bad Boy by Peter Robinson (the 19th Inspector Banks novel)
- Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James (7th Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel)
- Bryant & May and The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler (9th book about Arthur Bryant, John May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit)
- The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser (5th Chief Inspector Van Veeteren book)
- Scream by Nigel McCrery (3rd Chief Inspector Lapslie novel)
- Down these Green Streets edited by Declan Burke(an anthology of essays and short stories on Irish crime fiction)
They reflect my liking for police procedurals.