31 October, 2020

Swami And His Pursuers

These pacy thrillers put two southern cities on the crime map

Swami And His Pursuers

Henning Mankel’s readers would probably know the little town of Ystad in Sweden better than their own backyard. The streets his detective Kurt Wallander chases criminals on, the ATM he goes to, the bars he frequents in the loc­ality all seem like we have been there. Many crime writers, from James Ellroy (the LA Quartet) to P.D. James (many set on the Cornish coast), have made the cities of their detectives a throbbing character. British writer Michael Dibdin in his crime novels brings to life the lesser known cities of Italy, where his hero Aurelio Zen operates. American bestselling author Law­­­rence Block’s private eye, Matt Scudder, roams the city of New York, catching serial killers and arsonists. More recently, Jonathan Kellerman’s protagonist, psychologist Alex Delaware, cle­ans Los Angeles of its psy­­chopaths. Even the tra­­n­­quil, wine-sipping Provence in the south of France is the setting for the suspense books of M.L. Longworth, with suitably titled thr­i­­llers like Death in the...



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