In the third quarter of 2013, I read ten books by authors I had never read before. This is my list of books by new (to me) authors:
- Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser
- Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greaves
- Open Season by Archer Mayor
- Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage
- The Square of Revenge by Peter Aspe
- Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
- The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
- The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
- The Infernal Detective by Kirsten Weiss
- The Yard by Alex Grecian
For two of these authors, I rushed out (well, hopped onto the internet) and bought copies of the next two books in the series. So I guess that would put them at the top of the list.
Håkan Nesser (b. 1950) is a Swedish author who writes the Inspector Van Veeteren series.
An overview of the series, from a fansite:
The series, most often referred to as the Van Veeteren series, takes place in Maardam, a fictitious city in a made-up country that could be anywhere in northern Europe. It follows the murder cases investigated by Chief Inspector Van Veeteren – eventually the retired Chief Inspector – and his two crime squad protégés, Münster and Moreno.
In addition to the police procedural aspects, I liked the picture of Brazil and the political and sociological issues in that country. The story is told in a straightforward way; there are not a lot of descriptive passages. Time is spent on fleshing out characters, even the peripheral ones. The back story of how Silva has become a policeman is covered in depth and provides insight into his character.
But the reader should be forewarned that there is a lot of violence and brutality in this book. I felt that the level of violence was warranted, in that the book is describing a very corrupt situation in Brazil. It all seemed realistic, although it was not a comfortable read.