Saturday, September 11, 2010

A taste of Following the Detectives

Following the Detectives has taken another step closer to tangible reality: A selection is available for browsing online. Someone put a lot of effort into the book, and it looks good: lavishly illustrated, with useful reference maps and attractive graphics and photos. Alert readers will also spot my name in the table of contents.

The book, assembled by Maxim Jakubowski and issued by New Holland Publishers in the UK, is a travel guide to crime fiction's world, a collection of essays about fictional detectives and the cities, countries and regions where they work and live.

Barry Forshaw contributed, as did Martin Edwards, John Harvey, Sarah Weinman, the Rap Sheet's J. Kingston Pierce, Michael Carlson, Declan Burke, Dick Adler, Jakubowski himself, Oline Cogdill, David Stuart Davies, and me, writing about Andrea Camilleri's Sicily and Arnaldur Indriðason's Iceland.

Here's the blurb:
Whether it be the London of Sherlock Holmes or the Ystad of the Swedish Wallander, Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco or Donna Leon's Venice, the settings chosen by crime fiction authors have helped those writers to bring their fictional investigators to life and to infuse their writing with a sense of danger and mystery. "Following the Detectives" follows the trail of over 20 of crime fiction's greatest investigators, discovering the cities and countries in which they live and work ... allowing the reader to follow Inspector Morse's footsteps through the college squares of Oxford or while away hours in a smoky Parisian cafe frequented by Inspector Maigret, for example.
Following the Detectives. It's the perfect solution to your gift-giving needs.

(Hat tip to fellow contributor Martin Edwards.)

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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Blogger seana said...

That looks like a really nicely made book, Peter!

September 11, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I am pleased with its look. It looks like a book one might read for pleasure as well as carry for profit.

The publisher has at least one imprint of handsome, intelligently written, informative travel guides (I used one in Tunisia), and this appears to be very mich in that line.

September 11, 2010  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

To bring up another topic, the New York Times announces a Wallender II series to run on Sundays on PBS, starting on Oct. 3.

It stars Kenneth Branagh, of course.

September 12, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. That ought to be worth a look.

You'll notice that the blurb for Following the Detectives mentions Wallander's Ystad. I'm pretty sure Ystad's profile has grown higher thanks to Henning Mankell.

My verification word will gladden the hearts of Italian mothers everywhere: mangia

September 12, 2010  
Blogger Simona said...

The book looks very nice! Can't wait to have it in my hands.

September 14, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Neither can I!

September 15, 2010  

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