The weekend article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the latest publishing craze (international mystery novels) got me thinking about my reading habits. I don't have the financial resources for a first hand visit to Rome, Istanbul or Tokyo. But I can do the next best thing...pick up a book. An international mystery, to be more specific.
Thanks to the success of Stieg Larsson, author of "The Girl With the
Dragon Tattoo", publishers are frantically searching the world over for mysteries that take place the world over. And since murder is murder, no matter what language you speak, American readers have a lot of good writers to discover.
My preference for authors outside the lower 48
tends to favor our neighbor to the north, Canada, and they have some excellent crime writers who deserve a wider audience.
Vicki Delany writes a fine mystery series set in a small town called Trafalgar, with more than its share of secrets and murder.
Mofina moves from British Columbia to New York and even the Middle East with his mysteries and thrillers, each setting recreated with first rate authenticity.
Sandra Ruttan pens a gritty series that is
not for the feint of heart based in Vancouver. Her wicked writing easily ranks with (or above) many American best-selling authors that I can think of (and I'm thinking James Patterson, Jeffrey Deaver, Stephen King...)
Who knew Canadians could take such delight in the criminal underworld?
not that international mysteries are unknown here in the states ("The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", is one). But compared to overseas readers, the U.S. has been positively xenophobic.
That's about to change.
can read more about this trend in publishing at the Wall Street Journal's book section. If you're not a subscriber, you can access the article (Fiction's Global Crime Wave) through a link on my blog:http://picksbypat.blogspot.com
Enjoy your next destination!