Monday, January 6, 2020

Around the world in 365 days

I managed to visit 33 countries through fiction in 2019. As with previous years, the list is dominated by England and United States. I'll try to keep travelling in 2020, despite cutting back on real world trips.

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier ***

The First Wave by James R Benn ***

Only Thieves and Killers by Paul Howarth *****

Dead Man’s Land by Robert Ryan ****
The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez ****

The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr ***
Brothers in Blood by Amer Anwar ****
The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves ****
The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonio Hodgson *****
The Smoke by Tony Broadbent *** 
An Empty Death by Laura Wilson ****.5
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson *****
London Rules by Mick Herron ****
Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse ***
Winston’s War by Michael Dobbs ****
Snap by Belinda Bauer ****
Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark ***.5
Corpus by Rory Clements ***
From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell ***
Dead To Me by Cath Staincliffe *****
Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey ****.5
Evil Things by Katja Ivar ****

The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas ***.5 

The Elegant Lie by Sam Eastland **.5 
Metropolis by Philip Kerr ****
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ***
The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo ***.5

Hong Kong
The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei *****

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason ****.5

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey ***.5
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee ***.5

The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney ***
Last Orders by Caimh McDonnell ***
Kaddish in Dublin by John Brady ****.5
Black Water by Cormac O’Keeffe ****

Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara ***
Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace ***.5
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama ***.5
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino *****

City Without Stars by Tim Baker ***

Assembly of the Dead by Saeida Rouass ****

New Zealand
The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman ***.5
Overkill by Vanda Symon ***.5
Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave ***.5
Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum ****.5

Moskva by Jack Grimwood ****

Saudi Arabia
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris *****

Bloody January by Alan Parks ****

The Horseman’s Song by Ben Pastor ****

Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo  **** 

The Blood Spilt by Asa Larsson ****
Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten ****
Clinch by Martin Holmen ****.5

Incensed by Ed Lin **.5

United States
Growing Up Dead in Texas by Stephen Graham Jones ****
Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran *****
The Winter of Her Discontent by Kathryn Miller Haines ***
Gravesend by William Boyle ****
Black Hornet by James Sallis ****
Last Call by Paula Matter **.5
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh *****
The Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen ****
August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones ****
Design for Dying by Renee Patrick ****.5
IQ by Joe Ide ****.5
The Defence by Steve Cavanagh ****
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell ***.5
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter ****.5 

Multiple countries
A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott ***** (England, France, Germany)

The Honorable Schoolboy by John Le Carre **** (England, Hong Kong, Italy, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia)
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott **** (Russia, United States, France)
The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul Hardisty **** (Yemen, Oman, France, England, Switzerland)
Tightrope by Simon Mawer ***** (France, Germany, England)
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk ***** (United States, various Pacific islands, Japan)
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr **** (France, Germany, Russia, Austria)

Fictional worlds

The Night Watch by Terry Pratchett ****.5

1 comment:

TracyK said...

How did I miss this? I always look forward to your list of international reading. Thanks for posting this.