Finally, Some Sunday Smatterings! (UPDATED)
Maj Sjowall, in this amazing profile by Louise France of the Observer, talks about the ten-book Martin Beck series, her life with Per Wahloo, and why the money she’s made off the books is nowhere near what it ought to be.
Which sounds somewhat similar to the Stieg Larsson estate situation, no? But more importantly, as Prospect Magazine points out, Larsson’s Millenium novels extend the Sjowall/Wahloo “Story of a Crime” series further by showing how Swedish society could desecend into an individualist nightmare.
And Christopher Hitchens (!) jumps onto the Larsson-mania bandwagon, writing about the author and the series for Vanity Fair.
Alex Berenson explains why China is such a fascinating subject for a spy novelist for the Week in Review, while James Fallows looks at Charles Cumming’s China-oriented spy novel TYPHOON in the NYTBR.
Why does Jason Bourne still have legs, many years after his creator Robert Ludlum’s death? David Samuels ponders this question in the National.
Jonathan Hayes expounds on the bloody reality of guts & gore for the Independent.
Michael Moorcock will write a tie-in novel for Doctor Who, which he talks about at more length in the Guardian.
Oline Cogdill has her say on Joseph Wambaugh’s newest novel of the LAPD, HOLLYWOOD MOON.
Hallie Ephron reviews new and upcoming mysteries by Sue Grafton, Mark Arsenault and the folks who comprise the anthology BOSTON NOIR.
Anna Mundow delivers her opinion on Stuart Neville’s THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST in the Washington Post.
More thrillers by Philip Kerr, Val McDermid, Stella Rimington, Michael Crichton, Gerald Seymour, Attica Locke and Liam McIlvanney get rounded up by John Dugdale in the Sunday Times, while the Saturday paper’s Marcel Berlins looks at recent crime offerings by Elmore Leonard, Frances Fyfield and James Lee Burke.
SPADE AND ARCHER has made its way to the UK, and Joe Gores speaks to Metro about its impetus.
Val McDermid chats to the Irish Independent about how men and women tackle violence in crime fiction differently, her new novel FEVER IN THE BONE, and Alan Glynn’s WINTERLAND.
From a while back: Michael Connelly and his unconscious connection to the disappearance of Ani Ashekian in Hong Kong over a year ago.
All April Smith needed was a toy gun; what she got was a bit more than she bargained for.
Jane Alison, after three novels, has penned a memoir, which tells the extraordinary story of two couples who swapped partners – and what happened to their children afterwards.
Speaking of non-fiction books I can’t wait to read, Terry Teachout’s biography of Louis Armstrong gets a rave review in the Times of London.
Alice Munro talks about the dark side of her short stories to the WSJ’s Alexandra Alter.
Emily Arsenault discourses on skulduggery at a dictionary company in her debut novel THE BROKEN TEAGLASS to the Hartford Courant.
And finally, is it a pig? Is it a sheep? Or some combination thereof?