Lucka 24: De bästa deckarna 2009 enligt andra

Nu när jag hade bara en lucka kvar att fylla med deckartips kände jag att jag omöjligt kunde begränsa mig. Jag har ju alltför många till exempel från min ”Författare jag rekommenderar”-lista som jag ännu inte tagit med. Dessutom menar jag att den sista luckan förstås måste ha ett överdådigt underhåll. Därför delar jag helt enkelt med mig av listor jag hittat över de bästa kriminalromanerna från 2009.

Den första listan är sammansatt av Marylin Stasio som är kritiker för The New York Times (efersom jag inte läst flera av de böcker hon rekommenderar har jag bara översatt hennes kommentarer):

  1. The Scarecrow av Michael Connelly (länk till mitt inlägg om boken)
  2. The Long Fall av Walter Mosley
    Ex-boxaren Leonid McGill i New York börjar arbeta som privatdetektiv som botgöring för de synder han begick som maffiafixare.
  3. The Birthday Present av Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)
    En dödlig politisk thriller där en konservativ parlamentsledamots försök att dölja sina sexuella snedsteg genom en fejkad kidnappning av älskarinnan går helt överstyr när hon dödas.
  4. Roadside Crosses av Jeffery Deaver
    Om tonåringar i Kalifornien som förvandlas till cybermobbare när de blir beroende av ett våldsamt roll-spelsprogram.
  5. Hardball av Sara Paretsky
    Ett fall där en man som arbetade som Martin Luther Kings skyddsvakt är inblandad tvingar V. I. Warshawski att försöka ta reda på omständigheterna kring de civilrättsliga demonstrationer som ledde till rasupplopp i Chicago 19966.
  6. A Darker Domain av Val McDermid
    1984 försvann den strejkande gruvarbetaren Mick Prentice från den lilla skotska orten Fife. Ingen har saknat honom sedan dess. Inte förrän nu, tjugotre år senare, när hans dotter Misha plötsligt anmäler honom försvunnen.
    På svenska Mörka Domäner (länk till Bokus.se)
  7. Arctic Chill av Arnaldur Indridason
    En kall januarikväll kallas polisen till en betongförort i Reykjavik där ett lik hittats mellan höghusen. En mörkhyad, tioårig pojke ligger där framstupa i en blodpöl, fastfrusen i isen.
    Vinterstaden på svenska (länk till Bokus.se)
  8. Box 21 av Anders Roslund & Börje Hellström (länk till Bokus.se)
  9. The Girl Who Played with Fire av Stieg Larsson
    Flickan som lekte med elden (länk till Bokus.se)
  10. The Ghosts of Belfast av Stuart Neville
    En före detta IRA-man ser spökena av alla han dödat, och om han inte avrättar de som befallde honom att döda dem kommer de inte att lämna honom någon ro.
  11. Britten and Brülightly av Hanna Berry
    Om en melankolisk privatdetektiv som specialiserat sig i att bekräfta sina klienters värsta farhågor vad gäller otrogna partners.
  12. This Wicked World av Richard Lange
    I baren till Tick-Tock Restaurant på Hollywood Boulevard arbetar före detta fängelsekunden Jimmy Boon, en man som lever för att hjälpa människor.
  13. The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death av Charlie Huston
    Om kriget mellan två konkurrerande traumarengöringsföretag, företag som åtar sig att göra rent efter självmord, med knasbollar och sublim dialog.
  14. The Case of the Missing Servant av Tarquin Hall
    Utspelar sig i Delhi där Vish Puri, grundare av och direktör för Most Private Investigators Ltd undersöker tilltänkta brudgummars bakgrund med överraskande och ofta komiskt resultat.
  15. The Broken Teaglass av Emily Arsenault
    Två medarbetare vid ett ärevördigt förlag börjar jämföra citat och hittar ledtrådar till ett olöst mord.
  16. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie av Alan Bradley
    ”Country House Mystery”. En försigkommen flicka lär sig själv att bli en vetenskaplig brottsutredare genom att arbeta sig igenom “An Elementary Study of Chemistry”.

Den andra listan kommer från Adam Woog för Seattle Times. Här behåller jag till och med hans originaltext på engelska:

  1. ”Beat the Reaper” by Josh Bazell (Little, Brown). Emergency-room physician Peter Brown has an unusual résumé: Once a mob killer, now he’s in the witness-protection program. In this scurrilously funny book, the doc sprints for safety after a patient blows his cover. Bonus features provided by the physician-author include details about why you really don’t want a lengthy hospital stay, plus instructions for a surprising use of one’s own leg bone.
  2. ”9 Dragons” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown). Steely LAPD detective Harry Bosch ventures far from his comfort zone — to Hong Kong — to rescue his daughter from kidnappers and to grapple with the long arms of the Chinese underworld. As always, Bosch mingles compassion (for good people) with ruthlessness (for the bad). His mission ends in both tragedy and a hint of redemption.
  3. ”Pix” by Bill James (Countryman). In James’ sublimely strange world, everyone speaks a language as artificial, opaque, and droll as anything Damon Runyon ever wrote. Here, British coppers Harpur and Iles struggle to retain their city’s delicate good-guy/bad-guy balance after one villain steals a houseful of paintings from another.
  4. ”The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson (Knopf, translated by Reg Keeland). Larsson’s ”The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was astonishing both in quality and popularity. The late Swede’s sequel is equally mesmerizing. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander — the near-autistic, punkish computer hacker of the title — chase a sex-trafficking operation. Lisbeth has personal reasons … and then her fingerprints are found on a murder weapon.
  5. ”Life Sentences” by Laura Lippman (Morrow). A best-selling memoirist revisits an old crime: Her childhood classmate once went to prison rather than reveal what happened to her missing infant. As the memoirist searches for her friend, she starts doubting her own memories. The big-hearted and gifted Lippman always knows what she’s doing.
  6. ”Black Water Rising” by Attica Locke (Harper). Jay Porter, black activist turned small-time Houston lawyer, is keeping his head down and trying to provide for his family — until he saves a white woman from drowning and everything goes bad. This whip-smart debut is a powerful mystery and a sharp, literate portrait of Houston’s uneasy multiracial society.
  7. ”Skeleton Hill” by Peter Lovesey (Soho). Inspector Peter Diamond, always thoughtful and humane, delves into the obsessive world of historical re-enactments when two participants in a re-enacted battle find a corpse in a shallow grave — and then one of them disappears.
  8. ”Stone’s Fall” by Iain Pears (Spiegel & Grau). This brilliant novel of ideas disguised as an historical mystery starts with a question: Why did munitions czar John Stone fall to his death, leaving a fortune to an unnamed child? Set against the shattering changes of Victorian Europe’s Industrial Revolution, this is a dazzling dive into the elusiveness of truth, the nature of spying, and — believe it or not — the poetry and beauty of commerce.
  9. ”The Shanghai Moon” by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur). Rozan’s sure-footed and deeply satisfying private-eye story finds New Yorkers Lydia Chin and Bill Smith reuniting after years of estrangement. They’re tracking a fortune in jewels, last seen in China as World War II-era booty.
  10. ”The Chalk Circle Man” by Fred Vargas (Penguin, translated by Sian Reynolds). France’s ineffable Commissaire Adamsberg has a knack for connecting disparate events with an enigmatic combination of brains, observation, and near-mystical intuition. Here, he senses unspeakable evil behind chalk circles marking bits of Parisian trash.

Den tredje och sista listan (som faktiskt är två) kommer från Booklist Online och är skriven av Bill Ott. Jag gör samma sak med den här listan, inkluderar hans egna beskrivningar på engelska.

  1. Cold in Hand. By John Harvey
    Harvey ended his brilliant Charlie Resnick series 10 years ago, but now he brings the beleaguered Nottingham detective back for a coda that adds the perfect valedictory note. Harvey’s ability to capture the uncommon determination of a good copper to tease out the truth is on display here (as Resnick, nearing retirement, helps investigate a gang-related knifing), but, behind that, the sense of futility that has lurked in the shadows of every Resnick novel threatens to take over completely. A dark but powerful end to a classic series.
  2. The Dawn Patrol. By Don Winslow
    San Diego PI Boone Daniels would rather surf than work, but with cash low, he agrees to look for a missing stripper. This mainstream hard-boiled detective novel becomes something special thanks to its sandy setting and the panache with which Winslow writes about the light and dark sides of San Diego and the wave-crashing characters who call its coastline home.
  3. Exit Music. By Ian Rankin
    With only a few days until he is officially retired, Rankin’s iconic Edinburgh police inspector John Rebus isn’t going gently into any good nights, not with one more meaty case on his plate. Rebus goes out the way he came in, “mistrusting teamwork in all its guises”— or as his partner, Siobhan, says, summing up his career, “decades of bets hedged, lines crossed, rules broken.” We wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s to Rebus!
  4. Gone Tomorrow. By Lee Child
    It all starts on New York’s Number 6 subway train, when Jack Reacher spots a woman exhibiting all 11 of the signs used by Israeli counterintelligence to identify suicide bombers. Reacher is the ultimate man alone, pledging no allegiances in a world gone gray, but put a bully in his face, and he’ll find a reason to stay in town. Child grounds his hero’s hard body and hard-drive brain in believable detail, and he always sets the action in a precisely described landscape.
  5. Liars Anonymous. By Louise Ure
    Jessica Dancing Gamage got away with murder and has been living with it ever since. Now the past comes back full force when she is forced to return to her home turf. This masterfully constructed psychological thriller, which rests on fiercely moral underpinnings, cements Ure’s position alongside such masters as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters.
  6. Mine All Mine. By Adam Davies
    In this fantastically imagined novel, detectives aren’t sleuths; they’re “pulses,” able to sense what the bad guys will do before they do it. Except Otto Starks’ pulse seems to be beating irregularly. In a novel that is equal parts comic monologue, screwball romance, and crime story, Davies employs clichéd suspense devices with results that are wholly original. Don’t worry about plot mechanics; just sit back and enjoy the wonderful word-nerd writing.
  7. A Rule against Murder. By Louise Penny
    Penny’s Armand Gamache novels, starring an intrepid Canadian police inspector in the Quebec village of Three Pines, have quickly established themselves as some of the best traditional mysteries being published today. This fourth entry finds the inspector traveling to a remote resort to celebrate his wedding anniversary; naturally, murder is on the guest list. Despite similarities to Poirot and Maigret, Gamache is a complete original.
  8. Secret Speech. By Tom Rob Smith
    It’s 1956, and Smith’s long-suffering hero, Leo Demidov, heartsick over his work as a Soviet bureaucrat who sends innocent people to the gulag, has become a prime target of recently released prisoners out to even scores. Smith’s plotting is elaborate, his pacing is relentless, and his characters are wonderfully drawn. This stunning follow-up to last year’s Child 44 makes it completely clear that a major new talent is in the house.
  9. Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. By Joe Gores
    A prequel to The Maltese Falcon sounds like a bad idea in so many ways but not when it’s three-time Edgar winner Gores—author of the novel Hammett (1975), a former PI himself, and a master of the hard-boiled style—at the helm. Gores creates a compelling backstory for Sam Spade and does it so completely in the Hammett style that we suspend disbelief in an instant. A wonderful opportunity to walk the streets of San Francisco one more time with the city’s most memorable fictional character.
  10. When Will There Be Good News? By Kate Atkinson
    The third entry in Atkinson’s acclaimed Jackson Brodie series may be the best yet. Atkinson writes about truly horrific matters, often involving violence against women, but she brings such remarkable tonal range to her material—four revolving narrators alternate between biting humor and somber reflection—that we are struck not by the mayhem being described but by the incredible narrative richness.

Best Crime Novel Debuts

  1. Amberville. By Tim Davys
    A hard-boiled mystery starring a cast of stuffed animals? It sounds like an over-the-top gimmick, but everything works in Davys’ surprisingly metaphysical take on some classic crime-fiction tropes. The publisher describes it as The Big Sleep meets Animal Farm, and frankly, we can’t do any better than that.
  2. Black Water Rising. By Attica Locke
    Far removed from his glory days as a black activist, Jay Porter is a struggling Houston lawyer until a life-changing case falls in his lap. Locke presents a searing portrait of a man struggling to reconcile the bitterness of his experience with the strength of his convictions. Like Dennis Lehane, she skillfully deploys the conventions of the thriller while also presenting biting social commentary, a sure sense of place, and soulful characters.
  3. Echoes from the Dead. By Johan Theorin
    In the 1970s, on the island of Oland in Sweden, a boy disappears in the fog. Twenty years later, his mother returns to the island to follow a new clue. Alternating the modern-day search with flashbacks to the time of the disappearance, Theorin skillfully uses dramatic irony to draw the reader into the story. Sweden landed on the crime-fiction map with Henning Mankell’s procedurals, but Marie Jungstedt, Asa Larsson, and now Theorin have added psychological thrillers to the mix.
  4. Final Theory. By Mark Alpert
    David Swift, the author of a best-seller about Einstein, learns that the physicist did complete his unified field theory but the results were so catastrophic that he kept them secret. Now the search is on for the hidden notebooks. Alpert, an editor for Scientific American, laces his high-IQ doomsday thriller with clearly explicated and hauntingly beautiful scientific theories.
  5. Nuclear Winter Wonderland. By Joshua Corin
    After his twin sister is kidnapped by a strange man with plans involving a nuclear device, Adam Weiss joins forces with a former Mob enforcer and a Croatian female clown (who only speaks Spanish) to track down the maniac. This richly comic thriller is surreal without being silly and wonderfully playful in its use of language.
  6. Old City Hall. By Robert Rotenberg
    Did Toronto radio personality Kevin Brace really kill his common-law wife? That’s the question that launches this mix of procedural and courtroom drama, but what makes the novel memorable is Rotenberg’s textured portrait of a polyglot city in the new century. A compelling tale, full of believable twists and turns.
  7. Rules of the Game. By Leonard Downie
    Former Washington Post executive editor Downie makes his novelistic debut with this taut, briskly paced tale of Washington chicanery and perfidy. An elderly Democratic president enters office with an able but inexperienced female vice president and must face all the problems of the post-Bush world. A tense and thrilling exploration of the extended aftermath of 9/11.
  8. Sacrifice. By S. J. Bolton
    Tora Hamilton, an obstetrician relocated to Scotland’s Shetland Islands, discovers the body of a young woman buried in a peat bog. As she investigates the death, a connection to ancient lore emerges, and the Shetlands, once so tranquil, suddenly turn menacing. Bolton combines rich history, precise forensic detail, and breathtaking landscapes in this stunning mix of medical thriller and creepy gothic suspense tale.
  9. Singularity. By Kathryn Casey
    A criminal profiler with the Texas Rangers, Sarah Armstrong catches a psychiatrist’s dream case: a serial killer who poses his victims as if in rapture, with bloody crosses painted on the wall above the bed—clearly the work of someone on a twisted moral mission. This impressive fictional debut from an established true-crime author introduces a memorable heroine with brains, moxie, and heart.
  10. Takeover. By Lisa Black
    Corpse don’t frighten Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean. Living, breathing criminals do. So why does she agree to become a hostage in exchange for her fiancé, a police officer held at the Federal Reserve Building by two would-be robbers? A tightly plotted, relentlessly suspenseful thriller from a former fingerprint analyst with the Cleveland coroner’s office.

Med detta avslutar jag förstås Deckarjulkalendern 2009, men om det är någon som vill ha ett specialanpassat deckartips är det bara att höra av sig.

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