My apologies for being absent for a little while. I’ve had that dreadful cold which knocked me out for a couple of weeks. I’ve surfaced, and want to tell you about some of the books I’ve read recently. Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth was interesting – post cold war London, young, goodlooking girl at Cambridge who gets caught up with a lecturer who in turn passes her on to MI5. An interesting look at what happens when you dont quite fit the mould. Then there was Richard Ford’s Canada. I could really feel the cold wind across the Canadian plains. It’s the story of a 15 year old and his twin who are left alone when their parents decide to rob a bank to make life easier. They get caught and the teens then have to make their own way in life. Ford is a magnificent writer. And Michele Roberts’ Ignorance, the story of two girls in a French village before WWII and what happened to them during the war. Lastly the new James Lee Burke – Creole Belle which follows on from the last Dave Robicheaux book, Glass Rainbow. The manuscript which I read needed a bit of cutting which I think has happened. The book is almost half the number of pages which will make it much tighter. Phew! That’s my reading for the last couple of weeks. Oh, and I’m reading the new Michael Chabon, but more of that next week.
Last year I mentioned James Thompson, an American living in Finland writing great crime. His second book is out now, Lucifer’s Tears. This is the continuing story of Inspector Kari Vaara who is married to an American expecting their first baby. He’s been transferred from Lapland in the far north of the country, where his last crime involved African immigration and a close friend involved in a nasty murder, back to Helsinki. The new book probes Finland’s past in WWII where collaboration with the German army and accompanying concentration camps was preferable to collaboration with Finland’s arch enemy, Russia. A Russian businessman’s philandering wife is murdered, and Vaara finds the strands of this story go back 70 years to WWII. This is another knockout mystery. The only trouble is I’ve got a wait for the next book!