Last year I read 64 crime books, one under my goal, and it was extremely difficult to choose only ten. I read three books by Arnaldur Indridason, the three deserve a mention here, but I have finally decided to choose only one.
- Arctic Chill (Vintage Digital Kindle Edition, 2009) by Arnaldur Indridason. Translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder and Victoria Cribb, 2008.*****
- Mixed Blood (Serpent’s Tail, 2011, first published 2009), by Roger Smith*****
- Con los ojos cerrados (Books4pocket, 2011), de Gianrico Carofiglio (traducción de Maria Antonia Menini). Originally published in 2003 as Ad occhi chiusi (English title: A Walk in the Dark)*****
- Phantom (Harvill Secker, 2012), by Jo Nesbo. Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Original published in 2011 as Gjenferd.*****
- The Caller (Vintage Digital, 2011. Kindle edition) by Karin Fossum. Translated from the Norwegian by K.E. Semmel. Originally published in 2009 as Varsleren.*****
- Hour of the Wolf (Mantle, 2012. Kindle edition) by Hakan Nesser. Translated into English by Laurie Thompson. Originally published in 1999 as Carambole.*****
- The Rage (Vintage 2012) by Gene Kerrigan.*****
- The Drop (Orion, 2011) by Michael Connelly*****
- The Cold Cold Ground (Serpent’s Tail, 2012. Kindle edition) by Adrian McKinty.*****
- Another Time, Another Life (Doubleday/Transworld 2012. Kindle edition) by Leif GW Persson. Translated by Paul Norlen. Originally published in 2003 as En annan tid, ett annat liv.
I would also like to highlight four books that merit special attention, in my view:
- The Chosen (Portnoy Publishing, 2011. Kindle Edition) by Arlene Hunt.****
- A Dark Redemption (Faber and Faber, 2012. Kindle edition) by Stav Sherez.****
- Where the Devil Can’t Go (Tadeusz Books, 2011. Kindle edition) by Anya Lipska.****
- The Nameless Dead (Macmillan, 2012. Kindle edition) by Brian McGilloway.****