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Underdog Literature, September 2013: 15 fresh or compelling, off-the-wall CRIME novels

Underdog Literature WordPress September 2013.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

For this month, my focus is on crime novels, domestic suspense, thrillers and noir classics.

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01: HARLAN COBEN, „Tell No One“, 370 pages, 2000. [Thriller]

02: WILLIAM HJORTSBERG, „Falling Angel“, 302 pages, 1978. [Fantasy Noir]

03: TED ALLBEURY, „Lantern Network“, 200 pages, 1979. [Espionage]

04: RUTH RENDELL (as BARBARA VINE), „The Dark-Adapted Eye“, 278 pages, 1986. [Thriller]

05: CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG, „A Dram of Poison“, 160 pages, 1956.

06: ROSS MACDONALD, „The Chill“, 288 pages, 1963. [Noir; book 11 of an 18-book series]

07: ED LACY, „Room to Swing“, 132 pages, 1957. [Noir]

08: KIN PLATT, „Sinbad and me“, 255 pages, 1967. [Children’s Mystery]

09: JACK D. FERRAIOLO, „The Big Splash“, 288 pages, 2008. [Middle-Grade Noir]

10: STUART GIBBS, „Spy School“, 291 pages, 2012. [Middle-Grade Spy Parody]

11: JOHN MORGAN WILSON, „Simple Justice“, 304 pages, 1996. [Mystery, first in an eight-book series]

12: JOHN FREEMANTLE, „Charlie M“, 207 pages, 1977. [Spy Thriller, first in a fourteen-book series]

13: ADAM HALL, „The Quiller Memorandum“, 254 pages, 1965. [Spy Thriller, first in a nineteen-book series]

14: ISSER HAREL, „The House on Garibaldi Street“, 290 pages, 1975. [Nonfiction]

15: JÜRGEN THORWALD, „Das Jahrhundert der Detektive“ / „Century of the Detective“, 704 pages, 1965 pages [Nonfiction; German]

This month, I found most of these titles on a long list [Link] of winners and nominees for the Edgar Awards [Link].

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: DON CARPENTER, „Hard Rain Falling“, 308 pages, 1964. [Noir Classic]

02: CHESTER HIMES, „If he hollers, let him go“, 224 pages, 1945. [Noir Classic]

03: ERIC AMBLER, „A Coffin for Dimitrios“, 304 pages, 1934. [Espionage / Suspense]

04: TONINO BENACQUISTA, „Saga“ / „Das Seifenopern-Quartett“, 439 pages, 1997. [Farce / Satire; France]

05: DANIEL GALERA, „Flut“ [German title] / „Barba Ensopada de Sangue“ [Portugese title], 424 pages, 2012. [Brazilian… literary thriller]

I started reading Dieter Wunderlich’s review here [Link, German; Spoilers], marked the book as to read – and later got a copy of the German edition, from Suhrkamp [Link]: Frank, the German editor, is a good publishing friend… and thought I’d like it.

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: DAVID GATES, „Jernigan“, 256 pages, 1991.

5 of 5 stars: PETER HEDGES, „What’s eating Gilbert Grape“, 319 pages, 1991.

4 of 5 stars: CELIA FREMLIN, „The Hours before Dawn“, 192 pages, 1958. [Thriller / Domestic Suspense]

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Underdog Literature, March 2013: 15 fresh or overlooked, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature March 2013 WordPress.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: RUTH OZEKI, „A Tale for the Time being“, 432 pages, March 2013.

02: CHRISTINE SNEED, „Little-known Facts“, 304 pages, January 2013.

03: PETE WENTZ, „Gray“, 240 pages, January 2013. [Memoir of the „Fall Out Boy“ singer… and „One Tree Hill“ guest star.]

04: TY BURR, „Gods like us: On Movie Stardom and modern Fame“, 448 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies]

05: SONALI DERANIYAGALA, „Wave“, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir about the 2004 tsunami]

06: KENT HARUF, „Benediction“, 272 pages, February 2013.

07: KATE SOUTHWOOD, „Falling to Earth“, 272 pages, February 2013.

08: MAY SARTON, „As we are now“, 144 pages, 1973.

09: JOHN GLASSCO, „Memiors of Montparnasse“, 296 pages, 1970. [Memoir about Paris in 1928]

10: DON CARPENTER, „Hard Rain Falling“, 308 pages, 1966. [Noir / Thriller]

11: CHLOE HOOPER, „Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee“, 258 pages, 2008. [True Crime]

12: MICHAEL HAINEY, „After Visiting Friends“, 320 pages, February 2013. [Memoir]

13: ERNST-WILHELM HÄNDLER, „Der Überlebende“, 250 pages, 1992. [German, Sci-Fi / Philosophy, recommended by Thomas von Steinaecker]

14: DANIEL BROOK, „A History of Future Cities“, 352 pages, February 2013. [Cultural Studies, Architecture, Urban Planning]

15: VAHRAM MURATYAN, „Paris vs. New York“, 224 pages, 2011. [Cultural Studies, Graphic Design]

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Here are three books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: GERMAN KRATOCHWIL, „Scherbengericht“, 400 pages, 2006. [German / Austrian novel about expats in Patagonia; Perlentaucher]

02: MATTHEW QUICK, „The Silver Linings Playbook“, 289 pages, 2008.

03: CORY DOCTOROW, „Homeland“, 384 pages, 2013. [YA Sci-Fi: I’m a fan of Doctorow’s writing and activism, and I liked the first book of this series, „Little Brother“]

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

4 of 5 stars: T COOPER, „Real Man Adventures“, 272 pages, 2012. [Memoir / Cultural Studies about Female-to-Male transexuality. German edition here]

4 of 5 stars: MARIA DERMOUT, „The Ten Thousand Things“, 208 pages, 1955. [Dutch / Indonesian]

4 of 5 stars: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, „You deserve nothing“, 308 pages, 2011.

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