What To Read: New Harry Hall Novel And 8 More Exciting Detective Stories

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What To Read: New Harry Hall Novel And 8 More Exciting Detective Stories
What To Read: New Harry Hall Novel And 8 More Exciting Detective Stories
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Summer is a hot season for publishers which produce detective novels and thrillers: the demand for fresh action-packed books grows in proportion to the thermometer and the desire of the townspeople to escape on vacation. We have selected nine great detectives to brighten up your beach or city break and help you switch from the depressing news of reality.

Text: Dina Klyucharyova


Yu Nesbo


ABC-Atticus. Translated by Ekaterina Lavrinaitis

After the previous one in the Thirst series, the new Knife is a realt for fans of the gloomy Norwegian detective Harry Hole and simply for all fans of the genre. Yu Nesbo triumphantly and consistently pulls out all the best cards from his sleeve: a monstrous tragedy in the life of the protagonist and a new round of his personal problems, a disgusting maniac and his connection with Harry's previous affairs. There are clues for the reader on every page: the notorious guns that shoot flawlessly at the exact time, a pile of suspects, which in turn become almost all the characters in the book (including Hole himself), and, as usual, an absolutely unpredictable and unexpected outcome. The "knife" came out solid, dynamic and very dense, so do not start it before going to bed: there is a great risk of meeting the dawn with a book in your hands.


Stephan Anhem

A victim without a face

AST. Translation by Elena Serebro

A chilling action-packed novel about how bullying at school can lead to dire consequences even in the distant future. The first book in the series about detective Fabian Risk is the debut work of Swedish screenwriter Stefan Anhem. Risk is a former Stockholm police officer who, after several unsuccessful cases and problems in marriage, returns with his family to his hometown near the Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden with Denmark.

Before he has time to cross the threshold of the house, a new case catches up with him - the death of two former classmates at the hands of an unknown killer. The local team of investigators is used to working in conjunction with each other, but Fabian Risk is not like that - he suspects another classmate and independently plunges into the investigation of the case, moving away from family and colleagues, which leads to a tragic turn of events. "Victim Without a Face" is a truly dark and very Swedish bloody detective story with a shocking ending that will appeal to those who miss the aesthetics of "The Bridge" and the early novels of Stig Larsson.


Karen McManus

Two can keep a secret

AST. Translated by E.V.Dod

A multi-layered detective story mixed with the sourdough of the young adult genre. Twin high school students Ezra and Ellery move from California to live with their grandmother in a quiet town in the north while their actress mom is in drug rehabilitation.

The twins immediately find themselves in the thick of things: they find a dead teacher, turn out to be important witnesses in the disappearance of their new classmate and make friends with the younger brother of a suspect in another crime. Ellery, a true Crime fanatic, begins her own investigation and helps a young local police officer. However, by the end, the girl learns an important lesson: even if you have watched all the Criminal Minds series and read several books on forensic science, this does not make you a professional and invulnerable crime fighter.


Robert van Gulik

Deadly nails and other novels about Judge Dee

Arcadia. Translation by V. Polosin and others

The novels about Judge Dee, a real historical personality of the 7th century, are fascinating old-fashioned detectives in an unusual setting: the case takes place in China in the second half of the 600s, polygamy is legalized, the governors of cities combine the functions of both rulers and judges, and punishments are carried out right in the courtroom.

By Robert van Gulik, Dutch orientalist and diplomat.While working in China in the middle of the last century, Wang Gulik became interested in medieval Chinese detective stories and decided to rewrite authentic traditional plots in a European manner: some cases were taken from authentic Chinese sources (for example, the story of the headless body in "Deadly Nails" - from the Chinese manual on criminalistics of the X century), some are fictional from beginning to end.

Judge Dee is a shrewd and just investigator and an exemplary family man who sometimes falls into melancholy: even while doing several cases at the same time (another traditional trait of Chinese detectives), he always worries about the home and the welfare of his three wives. The judge has several assistants who, in turn (and sometimes all together), help him in the investigation of crimes: two smart thugs, a former swindler and an elderly great-wise adviser who raised the hero from childhood. Stories about Judge Dee, measured and atmospheric, devoid of overly naturalistic descriptions of murders, will be loved by those who prefer classic detective stories like "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" or the works of Agatha Christie.


Harlan Coben

Do not let go

ABC-Atticus. Translated by Grigory Krylov

Harlan Coben, an American maestro of action-packed detectives and multiple New York Times bestseller list champion, specializes in "sleeping murders" - many of his books investigate cases of many years ago. “Don't Let Go,” Coben's penultimate novel, is no exception: detective Napou Dumas is haunted by a story that radically changed his own life. In the year of graduation, his twin brother died under the wheels of a train, along with his girlfriend, and Napa's girlfriend disappeared without a trace.

Fifteen years after that day, her fingerprints surface in a fresh case of the murder of a police officer, and Dumas regains new hope. He begins to delve into his own past and discovers that a secret society and a secret state program are involved in all these murders, that the relationship between brother and girlfriend was far from being as cloudless as it seemed before, and their deaths are not at all a double suicide. “Don't Let Go” is a good-quality brutal detective story about how youth is not only butterflies in the stomach and big plans for the future, and the presence of paranoia does not mean that you are not being watched.


Timote de Fombel, Christian Cayo

Gramercy Park

CompassGuide. Translated by Mikhail Khachaturov

An adult graphic noir noir about loss and revenge, written by the French classic of youth literature Timote de Fombel and painted by artist Christian Cayo, could have been titled The Secret of the Golden Ribbon or Loneliness in the City.

New York, fifties, two people live in the houses opposite, who, it would seem, have nothing in common. A lonely former ballerina Madeleine (remarkably similar to Audrey Hepburn, also a former ballerina) breeds bees on the roof of an apartment building. The gloomy Mr. Day (reminiscent of the gangster played by Mahershala Ali in Luke Cage) almost never leaves his dwelling in a skyscraper and leads a secretive lifestyle, and is being watched by two detectives. Mr. Day does not know Madeleine, but she has a special plan for him - which, however, will suddenly change when she learns a little more about his family.


Michelle McNamara

I will disappear into darkness

AST. Translated by Ulyana Saptsina

A documentary detective story for fans of the podcast "Serial" by American screenwriter Michelle McNamara, who played an important role in the investigation of a series of rapes and murders committed in the United States in the 70s and 80s. McNamara has blogged True Crime Diary, covering intricate and unsolved crimes. She was very worried about the case of the "rapist from the eastern region" who attacked the victims right in their homes, and McNamara began her own investigation.She interacted with his surviving victims, studied police reports, autopsy results, and the versions of other amateur detectives.

Her enthusiasm attracted a lot of public attention and provoked an influx of new data from former victims and possible witnesses, which ultimately helped solve the case - a year ago, the Sacramento police announced that the perpetrator had been found. It turned out to be a former police officer who was fired in 1979 for theft.

But McNamara did not find out about this: in 2016, she died unexpectedly in her sleep, not having time to finish the book about her investigation. The job was completed by her widower, comedian Patton Oswalt, along with a forensic scientist and journalist who assisted McNamara in her case. I Disappear Into Darkness instantly hit the top sellers and received praise from Stephen King and Gillian Flynn, and HBO plans to release a film adaptation of the book later this year.


J. L. Butler


Family leisure club. Translated by Anatoly Mikhailov

The novel is a distant cousin of Girls on the Train and Women in the Window, except perhaps without specifying the heroine in the title. Francine Day, thirty-seven years old, has bipolar disorder, and is pursuing a career as a divorce attorney in London: "slowly" in her own opinion, and "too long" in the opinion of everyone around her. When a solid case appears on the horizon, which should lead her to the major legal league, Francine happily takes on it and immediately takes the fatal step - falls in love with a client, respectable and attractive financier Martin Joy. Carried away by a hot romance and suspicions that her lover is not honest with her, she forgets that BAR and alcohol are a dangerous mixture. The result of this disastrous combo - a morning in a neighbor's bed, clothes covered in blood and a complete lack of memories of last night - is complicated by the disappearance of Martin's wife and an instant change in his mood.

Possession is a fun detective thriller and is the best option to read on vacation by the pool, explore the geography of central London, find out how solicitors are different from barristers, find the villain - and then forget the book on the shelf in the hotel forever.


Kara Hunter

Hidden in the dark

Eksmo. Translated by Marina Strepetova

"Hidden in the Dark" is the second book in a series about the English inspector Adam Fowley and an interesting experiment on the genre: the novel has several storytellers and there are pseudo-documentary inserts - interrogation protocols, case documents, a victim's diary, quotes from Twitter - thanks to which the reader feels himself the investigator.

During repairs in a house divided into two families, a crack forms in the wall of the basement floor - and behind it, the builders find two hostages: a girl and a two-year-old boy. The main suspect is the owner of the basement house, an unpleasant, angry old man with dementia and a murky past. Many have doubts about his guilt: is it possible for an incapacitated elderly man to hold two people captive and keep it secret? The case is taken up by Inspector Fowley and his team, who discover the connection of this case with the disappearance of another young woman. Hidden in the Dark is a spectacular and convoluted police procedural that slowly accelerates, but rewards the patient reader a hundredfold in the second half of the book.

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