I have been deprived, and enjoy the books-post in the forum. When I got to a bookstore here (Germany, that is), what is featured on the tables happily set out in the crime section are your typical PI…

I have been deprived, and enjoy the books-post in the forum. When I got to a bookstore here (Germany, that is), what is featured on the tables happily set out in the crime section are your typical PI/detective novels that are written in series. There we have Rankin, Kellerman etc. and a huge influx of Swedish writers that, as I had to notice (face etched with surprise), are rather less well-known in the USA (Mankell, Edwardson, Nesser).

The shelves around those tables contain everything else, sorted alphabetically, McDermid, Ketchum, and everyone else mixed in one happy melting pot of "crime fiction", an extra section for True Crime.

Then I strolled over to the books-post in the forum, and read the names. I recognized Lehane (who wouldn't) and remembered having read that before the movie-deal was sold, but that was it, really. I did not recognize anyone else.

Instead of blaming my particular interest scheme in mystery which excludes the traditional and includes the weird that I classify as mystery and no-one else would (Banks: Wasp Factory, O'Neill: Disturbance), I now blame that the German mystery scene (if it exists at all, I have to admit not being too interested in the local on-goings) has different influences all together, and that really, it is not my fault that I am standing like a deer caught in headlights glancing at names I have never heard before.

All this to sum up that I enjoy that books-post, and might look into some of the writers mentioned. In the same vein, Mankell, Edwardson and the Scandinavian crime scene is worth looking into if you are into PI/detective mystery, in my opinion.

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Comment by Carolyn Rogers on March 12, 2007 at 1:46am
We just never talked in detail about what books you were seeing as mystery--from a German POV. I tend to forget whenever we talk books that you often aren't being exposed to the same books that I am here. My bad! I plan to get a bunch of these books and read them myself so if you can't get them easily in Germany I will definitely bring or send them to you. Ken Bruen will be first, I think, because everywhere I turn people are mentioning him. I feel a visit to the bookstore coming on right now...

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