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Jeannie

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Having read all of Michael's novels, and spending eleven months out of every year waiting for the next, I have turned to Scandinavian crime fiction to fill the time and have really enjoyed it.

One great author is Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian who writes the Harry Hole series.  Harry Hole is a brilliant but embittered detective who struggles with alcohol, sometimes in remission and sometimes not, who is usually on the outs with the police establishment, which is steeped in corruption.  Harry Hole, like Harry Bosch, often straddles the line between the law and lawlessness to obtain a particular result.  He is quite a bit more crusty than Harry Bosch, and less sentimental at his core.  The nemesis criminals in the series are extremely diabolical, ruthless, and clever.  The novels are visceral, fast moving and unpredictable.  They are also laced with very dark humor. There is a lot of shocking violence in the series, so be prepared. 

Another great author is Jussi Adler-Olsen, a Dane who writes the Department Q series, featuring detective Carl Morck (pronounced "merck") and Assad, an enigmatic middle eastern "assistant" who is usually better at solving crimes than Carl himself.  Carl is a political outsider consigned to the basement of the police headquarters, and is put in charge of cold cases because nobody wants to work with him.  Carl and Assad end up solving startling cold cases and many of the current cases at well, to the chagrin of the police establishment.  The villains in the series are often women, and they are unique in that they themselves are often highly sympathetic and have themselves suffered extreme injustice.  Morck is very sexist, and I am not sure if this is intended by the author, or if the author is, himself, sexist.  The books are richly laced with humor, though not as dark as the Harry Hole series.
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I have read and enjoyed both of those series. 
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Harry Rocks, of course!

Staying closer to Harry's mainland, I enjoy three detective series as I wait for the next Harry (or MC) book:

James Hayman - The McCabe/Savage series - Michael McCabe and Maggie Savage are going to be featured in series book #6 in August.  Portland Maine series, good characters, some plots better than others with each book in the series better than the last.

Bruce Robert Coffin - The John Byron series will have the third installment released in October.  This series reminds me most of Harry based on detective Byron's personality.  Also based in Portland Maine, I really have enjoyed the first two books and will start the third as soon as it is released.

Brian Freeman - The Stride series is my all-time favorite detective and book series, hands down.  Jonathan Stride is his own character that encompasses the mystery and suspense of each book.  The series is nine full length novels along with a couple novellas plus this author has two other series in his booklist.
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Thanks for the recs - I'll try one of those when I finish the Rebus series.

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great to see another Rebus reader! 

if you think Bosch has some attitude problems, doesn't listen to authority and goes his own way, well Rebus goes that much farther.

he is one of the best and the books are very engrossing reads, one of my absolute favorite series.  

the way Rankin writes makes many other UK writers in this field pale in comparison. 

how far along are you?
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great to see another Rebus reader! 

if you think Bosch has some attitude problems, doesn't listen to authority and goes his own way, well Rebus goes that much farther.

he is one of the best and the books are very engrossing reads, one of my absolute favorite series.  

the way Rankin writes makes many other UK writers in this field pale in comparison. 

how far along are you?


Just finished Hanging Garden, so not quite halfway. I haven't read many UK authors - I have Colin Dexter on my list to try - but I'm a big fan of Acorn's TV portfolio. Also Craig Johnson and The Expanse SF series...
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the Hanging Garden is a great place to be.  you have already read a bunch of real good ones, and you are in the sweet spot where they are going to get even better with richer and darker storytelling, imho

enjoy!
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the Hanging Garden is a great place to be.  you have already read a bunch of real good ones, and you are in the sweet spot where they are going to get even better with richer and darker storytelling, imho

enjoy!



I still have to watch the Rebus TV series too - any thoughts on that?
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I've finished Rebus, which I thought got much better with Clarke's promotion to co-main-character status. I have to give the TV series a thumbs-down though. I'm now on the last Harry Hole (until Knife comes out later this year) and love it - very intense - so much so that when I took a break for the latest Louise Penny it seemed to plod along much too slowly. Unfortunately I don't think Hole would translate to TV very well.

One TV series I have enjoyed is Shetland, and I was wondering if anyone could comment on the books?
Jeannie

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Thank you for the Shetland TV recommendation.  I had never heard of it but I started it and it looks great!

When is the next Harry TV coming out?
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I'm not sure what the time frame is for the next Bosch season.

A lot of the British TV series are pretty good - Morse, Lewis, Endeavour, George Gently, Foyle's War, Line of Duty, Grantchester, Broadchurch, Whitechapel. I'm on season 15 of Silent Witness and looking forward to getting Baptiste (spinoff of the fantastic The Missing) here in the US - it started on BBC this month. And of course S2 of Killing Eve.

Edit> Just started Dept. Q based on your rec and it also looks great - I'm just up to where Assad shows up and Carl is regretting demanding an assistant because now he had to pretend to be working instead of napping and playing Spider Solitaire all day. It's giving me a bit of a Dirk Gently vibe...
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Any thoughts on Mankell's Wallander series? I'm thinking of trying that after Dept. Q...
Jeannie

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I have tried the Wallander series, both books and tv, and have not gotten hooked.  But I hear that a lot of people love them.

Lately, I have been thoroughly enjoying the Italian Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilieri.  Books and TV. Absolutely intoxicating!  Lots of humor, and great police procedural set in Sicily. Montalbano is also a conscientious and creative rule breaker when he sees fit.

Interesting to read about other criminal justice systems.  In America, we have an adversarial system of justice where the judge plays an impartial role.  In Italy, they still have a inquisitorial system of justice, where judges are actively involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes.
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I have tried the Wallander series, both books and tv, and have not gotten hooked.  But I hear that a lot of people love them.

Lately, I have been thoroughly enjoying the Italian Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilieri.  Books and TV. Absolutely intoxicating!  Lots of humor, and great police procedural set in Sicily. Montalbano is also a conscientious and creative rule breaker when he sees fit.

Interesting to read about other criminal justice systems.  In America, we have an adversarial system of justice where the judge plays an impartial role.  In Italy, they still have a inquisitorial system of justice, where judges are actively involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes.


Thanks for the rec - my libraries have the whole series so I'll try it.

The series Silk is an interesting intro to British law with a good cast, though a bit soap-opera-ish. Neil Stuke is brilliant as the dodgy law clerk. There's also a so-so Aussie legal series Janet King.
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