y recent immersion in Dashiell Hammett implies no abandonment of international crime fiction. Hammett set "Ber-Belu" in the Philippines and "The Road Home" in Burma, and his friend Raoul Whitfield
spent part of his life in the Philippines and set an entire series of stories there.
Henning Mankell took Kurt Wallander to Latvia in The Dogs of Riga
, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö sent Martin Beck to Budapest in The Man Who Went up in Smoke
, and Jo Nesbø
's Harry Hole does some far-flung travelling in a pair of books not yet available in English.
What other crime writers send their protagonists overseas? Why do they do this, and what does it add to a story? Have crime writers' reasons for setting stories overseas changed over time? (Keywords: Wanderlust, exotica, curiosity, exploration, Edgar Allan Poe.)
© Peter Rozovsky 2011
Labels: Dashiell Hammett, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö, Raoul Whitfield