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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Blessed Are Those Who Thirst

Anne Holt’s Blessed Are Those Who Thirst, a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel, is the first book by this author I have read even though her novel, 1222, was nominated for an Edgar in 2011 and her first book has been translated into twenty-five languages. 

Although I am rather, “late to the party,” I can understand why her work has an audience all around the world.  Ms. Holt writes about a Norway that Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe would feel right at home in if he learned to speak Norwegian. Twice I was tempted to abandon the book. First, I found the description of a rape in the book almost too graphic.  Second, I found the police slang given women who are raped after they went home with men they did not know after drinking to excess —“self-inflicted rape” to be infuriating and demeaning.  To be fair, the graphic writing is absolutely appropriate to the plot and, thankfully, fairly brief; the slang sounds like the kind of black humor police would use. I am glad I persisted. I was rewarded with an excellent read.

Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is assigned to investigate a serial killer and a rape during an unseasonally brutal heat wave in Oslo.  She relentlessly pursues the  few clues available slowly assembling a portrait of the criminals. The detective emerges from the book as an enigmatic but real person who balances the demands of her job and her personal life.  If you like hard-boiled fiction, excellent writing and unpredictable twists, I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this novel. 

Note: I will be on the other side of the world when this blog posts. I will be on safari in Tanzania.  I will read the comments when I return.


James Montgomery Jackson said...

Thanks for the review, Warren. I’m not sure I need to add that much graphic violence into my reading life, even if the writing is superb.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I've tried, what I call-Scandinavian- mystery writers, and I find them dark. Since I'm unfamiliar with the culture, it makes me wonder about the psychic of those countries. Is it the darkness and length of the winter that produces such dark works? I'm sure you found the stark and graphic tone commensurate to the plots, which makes for a good read, but I read for enjoyment. Dark doesn't equal enjoyment for me. Thanks for the review.

Paula Gail Benson said...

I agree with Jim and E.B.'s comments. I'm glad to know about this author, but not sure I want to add her titles to my reading list. Hope your journey to Africa is wonderful and I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Gloria Alden said...

Like Jim, E.B. and Paula, I don't care for dark mysteries. I can read about murder, of course, but I don't care for gory details. I'm looking forward to your blog about your trip to Africa.