My Favourite Crime Novels of 2012


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:

9 thoughts on “My Favourite Crime Novels of 2012”

  1. José Ignacio – Those are some excellent books! I’m glad you found so many books to like this past year.

  2. Some great books here Jose. I need to give ‘Another Time, Another Life’ a go again as I picked it up and then put it down again. Looking forward to your reviews in 2013.

  3. Oh dear…so many great-sounding books I haven’t read yet! The Caller and The Cold, Cold Ground will be on my list too when I finish it but most of your others are on the never ending wish list.

  4. Jose Ignacio: I have not read any of your top 10. They sound like excellent books. Do you have a number 1 favourite out of the 10?

    1. Bill it was already difficult to come up with only 10 books. But I do think you, being a lawyer, will find of interest the Guido Guerrieri series by Carofiglio. And I will love to find out what you think of The Cold, Cold Ground.

      1. Jose Ignacio: I have already enjoyed one of the books by Carofiglio and will look for more this year. You have me intrigued by The Cold, Cold Ground. I am going to have to find the book.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.