Graeme Blun­dell chooses his 10 top ex­am­ples of des­ti­na­tion crime fiction

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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.

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