The Jury Box

by Steve Steinbock

Here are a few of the other new translations of Scandinavian crime fiction worthy of attention. In Carl-Johan Vallgren’s The Tunnel (Quercus, $26.99), Swedish linguist, hacker, and private eye Danny Katz searches for missing friends in Stockholm’s black-market world of drugs and porn. In Marked for Revenge by Swedish author Emelie Schepp (Mira, $26.99), public prosecutor Jana Berzelius goes after an old enemy when a teenage Thai girl dies while working as a drug “mule.”

In her latest Louise Rick novel, The Lost Woman (Grand Central Publishing, $26.00), Danish writer Sara Blaedel explores the emotionally explosive subject of physician-assisted suicide. What My Body Remembers (Soho Crime, $25.95) is the first solo novel written by Agnete Friis, half of the Danish collaborative team (Lene Kaaberol and Agnete Friis) that wrote four best-selling novels, including The Boy in the Suitcase. In this novel of psychological suspense, a troubled young woman kidnaps her own son, and tries to learn the truth about her mother’s murder.

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Norwegian author Samuel Bjork (Penguin, $16.00) also plumbs psychological depths when detective Holger Munch and his team investigate a series of missing young women and a sadistic killer who records videos of his caged victims. The Swedish writing team of Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström have written Three Minutes (Soho Crime, $25.95), a sequel to their bestseller Three Seconds. The explosive thriller involves Colombian drug cartels, the kidnapping of an American congressman, and an undercover informant trying to do the right thing while being listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Moving on to four recent Sherlockian works:

Holmes and Watson are asked to investigate, and during the interrogations, they meet a young Catholic priest named Father Brown. The plot is involved and slightly convoluted, but a remarkable aspect of the book is how Kendrick portrays the differing detection styles of the two detectives. As Father Brown tells Holmes toward the end of the book, “you look for facts, I look for symbols.”

Copyright © 2017 Steve Steinbock

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