Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Around the world in 2016

I did quite a bit of travelling in 2016, including a month in Boston in April and several shorter trips to Italy, Germany, Korea, Russia, The Netherlands, and the UK. I also did a fair bit of literary travel to 41 countries:

Argentina
The Buenos Aires Quintet by Manuel Vazquez Montalban ***.5

Australia
Peepshow by Leigh Redhead ***.5

Brazil
Hotel Brasil by Frei Betto ****.5

Canada
A Little More Free by John McFetridge ****

Columbia
The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vásquez ***

Eygpt
The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal **** 

England
Exposure by Helen Dunmore *****
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch ***5
The Methods of Sergeant Cluff by Gil North ****.5
The Piccadilly Murder by Anthony Berkeley ***.5
Season of Darkness by Maureen Jennings **.5
Original Skin by David Mark ***
Rough Treatment by John Harvey ***.5
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm by Gil North ***
Streets of Darkness by AA Dhand ****
Darkside by Belinda Bauer  ****
A Killing Frost by R.D. Wingfield *****
Fool by Christopher Moore ***.5
My Kind of Justice by Col Bury ***.5
The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey **
Stalin’s Gold by Mark Ellis ***
A House of Knives by William Shaw ****
The Kill by Jane Casey ***
Tell No Tales by Eva Dolan ****
Eleven Days by Stav Sherez *****
Slow Horses by Mick Herron ****

Estonia
When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen *****

Faroes
The Blood Strand by Chris Ould ****.5

Finland
Dark As My Heart by Antti Tuomainen ***
The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto ***.5
To Steal Her Love by Matti Joensuu ****.5

France
Murder in the Marais by Cara Black ***

Germany
Pavel and I by Dan Vyleta ****
The Nuremberg Enigma by Yves Bonavero **.5
Black Ice by Hans Werner Kettenbach ***
Murderer in the Ruins by Cay Rademacher ***
A Small Town in Germany by John Le Carre ****.5

Iceland
Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason ***.5

Ireland
Holding by Graham Norton ***
A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell ****
The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan ****.5
Hurt by Brian McGilloway ***
Elegy for April by Benjamin Black ****
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty ****.5
Snapshots by Michael O'Higgins ****

Japan
Parade by Shuichi Yoshida ***

Korea
Slicky Boys by Martin Limon **.5 

Kyrgyzstan
A Killing Winter by Tom Callaghan ****

Norway
The Human Flies by Hans Olav Lahlum ***.5
Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst ***.5

Poland
Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski ***

Russia
City of Thieves by David Benioff ****.5
A Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris ****

Seychelles
Journey to Death by Leigh Russell **.5

Scotland
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin ****
The Long Glasgow Kiss by Craig Russell ****.5

South Africa
Cobra by Deon Meyer ****
Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn *****
7Days by Deon Meyer *****

Spain
Dog Day by Alicia Giménez Bartlett ***

Sweden
The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo ***

Ukraine
Tin Sky by Ben Pastor ***

USA
The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh *****
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins ****.5
Willnot by James Sallis ***.5
Pleasantville by Attica Locke ****
The Whites by Richard Price ***.5
A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane ***.5
The Whisperers by John Connolly *****
Worst Enemies by Dana King ****.5
Night Passage by Robert Parker ***
Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe Lansdale ***
Canary by Duane Swierczynski ***
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto ****.5
World of Trouble by Ben H Winters ****


More than one country
Black Roses by Jayne Thynne *** (Britain, Germany)
Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt **** (Czechoslovakia, Germany)
Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith **** (Russia, United States)
Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear **.5 (England, Germany)
Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler *** (Turkey, Greece, Italy)
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute ****.5 (Malaysia, England, Australia)
The Constant Soldier by William Ryan ****.5 (Germany/Poland, Russia)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan ***** (Australia, Thailand)
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian ***.5 (Gibraltar, Spain)
Masaryk Station by David Downing **** (Germany, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia)
Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus ***.5 (USA, Mexico, Portugal, France)
The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr **** (France, Germany)
The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell ** (Sweden, China, England, Zimbabwe, Mozambique)
Mr Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester ***.5 (England, France, Spain)
Billy Boyle by James Benn *** (England, Norway)
The Whitehall Mandarin by Edward Wilson *** (England, US, Cuba, Russia, Vietnam)
Dark Star by Alan Furst ****.5 (Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, France, Poland and Russia)

1 comment:

Margot Kinberg said...

You did go global, Rob - impressive. And good to see you had plenty of good reads.