VIEWS TO A KILL FROM MELBOURNE TO MIAMI
Graeme Blundell chooses his 10 top examples of destination crime fiction
ExitMusic by Ian Rankin, (Orion, $32.95): A unique way into the social anxieties of new Scotland in the final case of the famous Detective Inspector Rebus. TheShadowintheRiver by Frode Grytten (Abacus, $29.95): A riveting crime novel set in a Norwegian town torn asunder by despair and industrial decline. TheMurrayWhelanTrilogy by Shane Maloney (Text, $30): No better introduction to the strange city of Melbourne than the first three adventures of this single father, true believer and reluctant amateur sleuth. Shiver by Lisa Jackson (Hodder, $32.95): New Orleans in the grip of gruesome staged serial-killer scenarios. Detective Reuben Montoya investigates. DyingtoSin by Stephen Booth (HarperCollins, $32.99): The latest in a strong procedural series by the master of rural noir set in Britain’s Peak District and Derbyshire. Kennedy’sBrain by Henning Mankell (Harvill, $32.95): African mystery by the Swedish master of suspense, acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander series. TheNightFerry by Michael Robotham (Sphere, $32.95): Gripping cop thriller taking young Indian detective Alisha Barba from London’s East End to Amsterdam’s red-light district investigating sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation. TokyoYearZero by David Peace (Faber & Faber, $32.95): Startling blend of fact and fiction as Detective Minami chases murderers in broken 1946 Tokyo. Stalin’sGhost by Martin Cruz Smith (Macmillan, $32.95): Winter in Moscow and senior investigator Arkady Renko is out of step as Russia moves further to the right. TheSilverSwan by Benjamin Black (Picador, $32.95): Another adventure in Dublin’s twilight world of drug addiction and sexual obsession for the world-weary pathologist known as Quirke.