Crime novels that make you travel

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As it will not be really easy to get away this summer, we selected 12 crime novels allow us to travel vicariously to the four corners of the planet !

1. Cruel is the sky

Tetsuya Honda,
Editions Workshop Akatombo,
350 pages”>

Tetsuya Honda,
Editions Workshop Akatombo,
350 pages

In Japan, women cops do not seem to be very popular. It is in any case that suggests the second volume of this series, whose heroine, Reiko Himekawa, is a lieutenant in the Department of the Tokyo metropolitan police. A position that requires it to sit through the worst cases, as this history of hand-cut found in a van abandoned. As for the carpenter to whom she belonged, unable to… put the hand on him ! It has simply disappeared and strength to dig, Reiko will eventually figure out that the yakuza may be involved in it.

If the plot is a bit hard to follow, we eventually do and by love. Promised !

2. One two three

Dror Mishani,
Editions Gallimard,
336 pages”>

Dror Mishani,
Editions Gallimard,
336 pages

This time, in the direction of Tel-Aviv, where three women await us : Orna, a teacher who really has a lot of difficulty accepting her divorce ; Emilia, an auxiliary of life a native of Latvia who finds it difficult to recover from the death of the old man whom she had ; and Ella, the mother of a family struggling with that, unable to work at it on his thesis, prefers to go to study in coffee shops. As different as they are, Orna, Emilia and Ella will however soon have something in common. Or rather someone : Guil, the serial killer that they will have all the misfortune to come across. This will have the advantage to nail us to a seat !

3. The portrait of la Traviata

Do Jinki,
Editions Morning Calm,
224 pages”>

Do Jinki,
Editions Morning Calm,
224 pages

This polar south Korean may appeal to all those who have always had a weakness for the novels of Agatha Christie. Obviously, here, no scones or butlers English. But like the commissioner Lee Yuhyeon, we will not pray very long to identify clues, analyse the crime scene and try to find out who has been able to leave two corpses in apartment 204 of a building in Seoul. Because the most curious, in this case, it is the way in which these two people have been killed : a sudden punch to one, a blow of knife to the other. Yes, why make it simple when you can make it complicated !

4. Fire for fire

Leye Adenle,
Editions Métailié,
336 pages”>

Leye Adenle,
Editions Métailié,
336 pages

We don’t read Lagos Lady, that this book would be the result. But honestly, it has not been a huge handicap to follow – and appreciate – this second installment of the adventures of Amaka, which is a kind of mother Teresa nigerian (but a lot younger and prettier !). Anyway, it opens with the crash of a small plane. And the chief Adio Douglas part of the victim, it is the cruel and suspicious chief Olabisi Ojo, which will be quickly appointed to take the office of governor of Lagos State. One thing that Amaka will certainly not let it pass.

The chapters are very short, of the action to resell and, most importantly, full of details about a country that we rarely have the chance to visit in the novels.

5. Honeymoons

Val McDermid,
Editions Flammarion,
512 pages,
in the bookstore the 16 July”>

Val McDermid,
Editions Flammarion,
512 pages,
available in bookstores on July 16

Fans of the writer-in-scottish-Val McDermid will be happy to see the commander, Carol Jordan, who is now leading the Brigade is a regional priority investigations (BREP). And this, without swallowing even a drop of alcohol ! But there is not the most important. The BREP will inherit quickly indeed his first real big deal when corpses of women begin to be found in cars charred. A serial killer ? Everything suggests that yes. And apparently, this last dénicherait its prey in wedding receptions. What push Carol and her team to act for the best only.

6. In the mouth of the bear

James A. McLaughlin,
Editions Rue of the exchequer,
448 pages”>

James A. McLaughlin,
Editions Rue of the exchequer,
448 pages

This thriller has won another award : the Edgar-Allan-Poe best first novel. And the least we can say is that it comes out totally off the beaten track. Because it offers a plot that is unique, certainly, but also because it takes place really far away from everything, in a private reserve of the Appalachian mountains, in the depths of Virginia. This is where Rice Moore was able to secure a job as a forest ranger and, as such, it won’t be long to see a very bad eye all these carcasses of bears killed. Then up to him to unmask the culprits. Except that by doing this, his nefarious past of the dealer might well be exposed.

Last point : don’t rely on the cover page, which is ugly. The book, to him, is not !

7. With us

Louise Candlish,
Editions Sonatine,
480 pages”>

Louise Candlish,
Editions Sonatine,
480 pages

This time, it was right to go to London. Or where there are Fiona and Bram Lawson with their two young boys. But at this point, a small point of clarification : Fiona and Bram have recently separated because of a history of adultery ; and to ensure that their children do not suffer too much, they had the idea of returning to live in turn, in their magnificent house of Trinity Avenue. A solution that will work rather well until the unthinkable happens. One day, returning to spend the week on Trinity Avenue, Fiona will have the horror of discovering that strangers were laid out. Bram would have in effect sold the home before taking their children. Result ? A good thriller home !

8. The archipelago of tears

Camilla Grebe,
Éditions Calmann-Lévy,
464 pages”>

Camilla Grebe,
Éditions Calmann-Lévy,
464 pages

As this is not the perpetrators of crime novels that are missing in Sweden, we had the idea of looking at who had been assigned there the most recent Award for best crime novel. Suddenly, Camilla Grebe has imposed itself with The archipelago of tears, his fifth thriller, translated into French. A thriller which, from the outset, we made a good in space and in time, because it leads us directly to Stockholm in 1944. At least to begin with. Because, over the course of the years 1970, 1980 and 2000, other women will be murdered horrible by what seems to be the same serial killer. A story at the height of the price received.

9. Seat 7A

Sebastian Fitzek,
the Editions of the Archipelago,
384 pages”>

Sebastian Fitzek,
the Editions of the Archipelago,
384 pages

In Germany, Sebastian Fitzek is also known that a Stephen King or a J. K. Rowling. No wonder it’s his thrillers that illustrate each time to wonder the phrase ” page turner “. Being no exception to the rule, Seat 7A us bank so quickly to a seat. But fortunately, it will not be on board the flight Buenos Aires-Berlin. The psychiatrist Mats Krüger, who will not have this chance, will not have as well as a few hours to handle the staff and crash the aircraft in which it is located. Because if he does not, his daughter, who has been kidnapped in Berlin, will be coldly murdered.

At the risk of repetition, a thriller frankly addictive.

10. In the name of the survey

Marcin Wronski,
Actes Sud,
432 pages”>

Marcin Wronski,
Actes Sud,
432 pages

Finally, Poland. But not today ; the turning of the years 1940, when the Germans are about to invade and transform Lublin in a vast field of ruins. Why stop on Lublin, then Warsaw, Gdansk or Wroclaw have been even more bullied ? Because it is in this city that several young girls are found murdered, with the body, a very strange substance. The commissioner Zyga Maciejewski to put a hand on their murderer, and to achieve this, he will not hesitate to integrate the Kripo, the criminal police of the nazis. Sometimes a little hard to follow, but informative.

11. Close your eyes

Antoine Renand,
Editions Robert Laffont,
464 pages”>

Antoine Renand,
Editions Robert Laffont,
464 pages

There has fifteen years, the warrant officer Dominique Tasi has lost everything because he has closed his eyes a second too long. After swallowing a few beers, and then that his seven-year old daughter was in the car with him. The following is fairly typical : Dominique noiera his sorrows in alcohol, bâclant its investigations. Including the petite Justine, who was abducted and murdered in 2005.

Things would probably have remained there if, many years later, another kid nearby had not been murdered in the same way. This would mean that at the time, Dominique would not have sent the right person behind bars. In trying to take over the whole investigation from scratch, we will then be able to browse through a few of the hills of the Ardèche.

12. Indio

Cesare Battisti,
in the Editions of the Threshold,
256 pages”>

Cesare Battisti,
in the Editions of the Threshold,
256 pages

The life of the terrorist Italian Cesare Battisti has been told in many books. But for those of you who have read any, a minibio is imposed : sentenced for the murders in his country of origin, Cesare Battisti has spent a large part of his life in hiding. Particularly in Brazil, which will serve as the setting for this exciting thriller. Party bike of São Paulo, a certain to Indio Fernandes Pessoa will find the death 350 kilometers away. That is what he’d make in Cananéia, the first village of the colonization of brazil, and what is it that has finished driving in a coffin ? This is what one of his good friends will try to discover.

Impossible to finish this text without adding that Cesare Battisti, sentenced to life imprisonment, is living currently in a prison in italy.

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