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BOOKS IN BRIEF /CRIME

SO NOT A DETECTIVE

WHEN IS A SUICIDE NOT A SUICIDE IN ‘SUICIDE FOREST’? A young Dane is found dead in Japan’s most famous Suicide Forest. The Japanese police very quickly assume it’s just one more suicide, but when the young man’s father receives an anonymous letter suggesting the opposite, police supt. Daniel Trokic is sent east to investigate. His encounter with Japanese culture is to say the least challenging. But despite the difficulties, he soon realises that something is totally wrong and that the young Dane’s murder leads back to one of the most awful killings in Japan’s history. Inger Wolf debuted in 2006 with a crime novel Sort sensommer (A dark end to summer), which won the Danish Crime Academy’s debut prize the same year as well as media accolades like – ‘A really brilliant Danish crime novel’ and ‘A top class cop novel’. Det perfekte sted at dø (The perfect place to die) is her seventh book with Daniel Trokic as the main character.

On the ‘down-at-heel’ holiday island of Fuerteventura, a little boy is found dead in the boot of a car. Local police try to hush the story up via a cynical ruse, but the old hermit, Erhard, who sees more than most, latches on to the mystery with an unshakeable determination. The dead little boy forces the self-appointed and highly unlikely detective (who’s a finger short, hears voices and drinks too much Lumumba) to drag himself back to life, and it seems those voices were worth listening to. But how can an old duffer who’s turned his back on the world and all that “web this, mobile that”, chat boards and texting, solve a modern-day mystery that goes way beyond the little island where he lives? Thomas Rydahl, who attended The Danish Academy of Creative Writing in Copenhagen, has published a number of short stories. The thriller Eremitten (The Recluse) is his debut novel.

THOMAS RYDAHL

Eremitten (The Recluse) Forlaget Bindslev 2014, 520 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Busch Agency, Trine Busch, trine@ buschagency.dk. SOLD TO: Croatia, BosniaHercegovina, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia.

DEPARTMENT Q Most crime thriller fans will be delighted to hear that the sixth book in the Carl Mørck-series will be out soon. This time events centre on the small Danish island in the Baltic – Bornholm, where Carl Mørck becomes entangled in the tragic case of a lively young girl who disappears from high school and is found hanging from a tree. It proves to be a tough and mysterious case and Carls trusty sidekicks Rose, Assad and the newly arrived Gordon face serious and unexpected challenges, when underlying issues and secrets threaten to tear the team apart. Jussi Adler-Olsen debuted as a fiction author in 1997 with Alfabethuset (The Alphabet House). 2007 saw his first Carl Mørck and Department Q novel – Kvinden i buret (The woman in the cage – USA title: The Keeper of Lost Causes), which Booklist described thus: ‘Adler-Olsen’s prose is superior to Larsson’s, his tortures are less discomforting , and he has a sense of humour,’ whilst The Times called him the new “it” of Nordic Noir.’

INGER WOLF

Det perfekte sted at dø (The perfect place to die) Peoples’ Press 2014, 336 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Peoples’Press, Lise Nielsen, lise. nielsen@artpeople.dk. PREVIOUS TITLES SOLD TO: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden.

JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN

Den grænseløse (Beyond All Limits) Politiken 2014, 480 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Politikens Forlag, Nya Guldberg, nya.guldberg@jppol.dk. PREVIOUS TITLES SOLD TO: More than twenty countries.

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Danish literary magazine autumn 2014  

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