Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The 10 best modern European crime writers

Observer Sports Editor Brian Oliver named the ten best modern European crime writers.

One entry on his list:
Arnaldur Indridason

Meet Inspector Erlendur. Lugubrious, lonely and brilliant at his job. He tries to patch up failed relationships, most notably with his drug-addict daughter and estranged son, but mostly fails, and sits at home reading about death and desolation. His problems date to his childhood, when his brother disappeared in a blizzard, and Erlendur survived. Decades later, he is still looking for the body – and solving crimes in a country vividly brought to life. Or perhaps vivid is not the best adjective: there is plenty of gloom, harsh living, and bad, bad weather. Wonderful
Read about the other writers on the list.

Read Indridason's answer to the question, "What do you think American readers would be most surprised to learn about Icelandic people or society?"

--Marshal Zeringue