In the last week, I tackled the final novels in the Harry Hole and Kurt Wallander series, written respectively by Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankel.
Both were very intense, character-driven suspenseful novels. The Harry Hole novel was a little more dark, a little more difficult to deal with. But that’s always been the way with Hole. It will be interesting to see where Nebo goes after this. A lot of his Harry Hole books carried the sticker: The next Stieg Larsson. I never really got the comparison, especially since Nesbo started writing before Larsson. But without a doubt, Larsson did help raise the profile of authors from countries like Sweden, Noway and Finland
So now the question is, what do I tackle next?
I started reading Maine last night, a story about three generations of women who come together at the family cottage. I got about 40 pages into it, and although I’m enjoying it, I let my wife take it over as she needed something to read. I still have a John Updike novel and a couple of cheap mysteries to read.
For a sure thing, I might turn to Elizabeth George. There are quite a few Thomas Lynley novels left for me to read (and I’m reading them in order). I’m also reading Ian Rankin’s John Rebus series in order and I probably have six to eight books left in that series to read.