BEST INTERNATIONAL CRIME - Edited by Maxim Jakubowski
This is a fantastic collection of really good quality crime fiction from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
The compilation is made up of 36 stories (too many to list here anyway) from a diverse range of writers and countries. That's part of what's great about this collection - not just an opportunity to hear different voices and perspectives from a wide range of cultures, but to see how crime fiction is universal. Add to that the fact that there really isn't a dud in the bunch, and I found this collection absolutely terrific and can't recommend it highly enough.
Leading anthologist Maxim Jakubowski presents the very best in crime writing from around the world - 40 short stories from an all-star line-up of international writers. They cover the full spectrum of crime fiction, from noir and thrillers, to whodunnits and procedurals, with settings that include Italy, Cuba, Scandinavia, Russia, USA, Japan, Germany, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Among the writers presented are:Ian Rankin, bestselling author of compelling, cerebral crime fiction set in Edinburgh, featuring the much-loved Inspector Rebus.John Mortimer, the English barrister and writer, famous for his much-loved fictional character Horace Rumpole of the Bailey.Boris Akunin, whose eccentric characters and surprising, inventive plots have earned him a reputation as one of the finest contemporary writers of classic crime fiction.Mark Billingham, whose series of taut procedural thrillers featuring London policeman Tom Thorne have won him numerous fans.Giorgio Faletti, author of the 5 million copy seller I Kill.Jo Nesbo, a hugely succesful Norwegian writer with a series featuring Detective Harry Hole, set in Oslo.Jeffrey Deaver, one of the very best US crime writers. His psychological thrillers feautring Lincoln Rhyme have been bestsellers around the world.Ruth Rendell, one of the UK's most respected crime writers.