Desmond Doherty's Valberg: A sort-of Swede in Northern Ireland
I can tell you, however, that
- The author has an interesting professional background.
- The book comes to you from Guildhall Press, who also bring you the excellent Garbhan Downey.
- The grim story will afford readers glimpses of Derry's history, recent and not so recent, that might make them want to explore that history.
- The city makes a fine background for a serial-killer story.
- The novel's plunging of a grim detective of Scandinavian descent into the roiling passions of Derry's history is one of the more surprising and thought-provoking bits of authorial strategy I can remember in crime fiction. I like the idea of a sort-of Swede in Ireland.
- The protagonist's choice of music to listen to when he goes into a tailspin works for me. My antipathy for his favorite musical group — at least in the manuscript — makes the protagonist seem even more alienated than he might otherwise have. And if you like the group, so much the better. Get down with Valberg.