Crime Fiction Alphabet 2011: D is for Davidsen, Leif

Leif Davidsen (born 25 July 1950 in Otterup) is a Danish author. Educated as a journalist, in 1977 he started working in Spain as a freelance journalist for Danmarks Radio. In 1980 he began covering Soviet news with frequent news reports to Danmarks Radio from Russia. From 1984 to 1988 he was stationed in Moscow. As a journalist he has travelled extensively around the world. When Davidsen returned to Denmark he became chief editor of Danmarks Radio’s foreign news desk. From 1996 he edited a TV series called “Danish Dream” about Denmark today. In 1999, he became a full time writer. Davidsen writes political thrillers, which depict life of modern man in a changing world. Even if many of the characters are of Danish origin, the settings of the stories are often abroad. Davidsen published his first book ‘Uhellige alliancer’ or ‘The Sardine Deception’ in 1984. It is a story of intrigue in the Spanish Basque Country shortly after Franco’s death.  (Taken from Wikipedia).

See also  Alphabet in crime fiction: Leif Davidsen, by Petrona/Maxine and Leonhardt & Høier Literary Agency.

Leif Davidesen’s Bibliography:

  • Uhellige alliancer (1984) The Sardine Deception (aka Unholy Alliance)
  • Den russiske sangerinde (novel) (1989) (also movie) The Russian Singer
  • Den sidste spion (1991) The Last Spy
  • Den troskyldige russer (1993)
  • Forræderen – og andre historier (1995)
  • Den serbiske dansker (1996) (also TV movie) The Serbian Dane
  • Lime’s billede (1998) Lime’s Photograph
  • Dostojevskijs sidste rejse (2002) (travel book)
  • De gode søstre (2001) The Woman from Bratislava
  • Fjenden i spejlet (2004) The Enemy in the Mirror
  • Den ukendte hustru (2006) The Unknown Wife
  • På udkig efter Hemingway (2008) On the Lookout for Hemingway
  • Min broders vogter (2010) My Brother’s Keeper

The Sardine Deception has been reviewed by Norman/Uriah at Crime Scraps.

The Serbian Dane, has been reviewed by Karen at Euro Crime and Bernadette at Reactions to Reading

Lime’s Photograph has been reviewed at Scandinavian Books.

The Woman from Bratislava, has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime  and Norman at Crime Scraps.

I’m planning to read The Woman from Bratislava soon. Stay tuned.

>Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2010 Update # 2


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As most of you know I’m participating in the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge hosted by Amy at The Black Sheep Dances. My original book selection included the following titles:

The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read

Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson. Read

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. Readth_scandinaviamap-1

The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser. Read.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. TBR.

Missing by Karin Alvtegen. TBR.

However as I’m planning to read the six books of the CWA International Dagger shortlist before the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July and I have just received today The Darkets Room by Johan Theorin, I will use this book in addition to Nemesis.

So far this year I have also read: Tainted Blood (aka Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason and Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum. And waiting in my TBR pile besides Nemesis are: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason; The Redeemer and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; The Pyramid and The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell; The Serbian Dane and The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen; The Indian Bride and The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum; The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen.

You still have time to join this Challenge, click here.

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