International mysteries abound in this month’s selections with stories set in Japan, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, England and the United States. As well as an award winning Filipino crime novel from debut author F.H. Batacan.
The investigation : a novel / J.M. Lee ; translated by Chi-Young Kim.
“Watanbe Yuichi, a young guard with a passion for reading, is ordered to investigate a murder. As he digs further and further in to his investigation, the young guard discovers a devastating truth. At once a captivating mystery and an epic lament for lost freedom and humanity, The Investigation, inspired by a true story, is a sweeping and gripping tale by an international literary star.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
All that followed : a novel / Gabriel Urza.
“A psychologically twisting novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a small Spanish town. All That Followed peels away the layers of a crime complicated by history, love, and betrayal. The accounts of three townspeople in particular – the councilman’s beautiful young widow, the teenage radical now in jail for the crime, and an aging American teacher hiding a traumatic past of his own – hold the key to what really happened. Inspired by a true story, All That Followed is a powerful, multifaceted novel about a nefarious kind of violence that can take hold when we least expect.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Grendel’s game / Erik Mauritzson.
“Chief Superintendent Walther Ekman isn’t sure what to make of the letter from a self-proclaimed cannibal calling himself Grendel. But he owes it to the people of Stockholm to make sure there isn’t a flesh-eating monster in their midst. A look at missing-persons reports reveals a disturbing pattern that could be the work of a methodical serial killer. The delivery of a severed body part to Ekman’s home means there’s no doubt that Grendel is, in fact, real. It also means that the killer is trying to draw the detective into a deadly game of cat and mouse.” (Adapted from Booklist)
Smaller and smaller circles / F.H. Batacan.
“In northeast Manila’s Quezon City is a district called Payatas — a 50-acre dump that is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of teenage boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf. In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands.” (Adapted from Publisher’s description)
Give The Devil His Due / Sulari Gentill
“When Rowland Sinclair is invited to take his yellow Mercedes onto the Maroubra Speedway, renamed the Killer Track for the lives it has claimed, he agrees without caution or reserve. But then people start to die and it seems that someone has Rowland in their sights. A strange young reporter preoccupied with black magic, a mysterious vagabond, an up-and-coming actor by the name of Flynn, and ruthless bookmakers all add mayhem to the mix.” (Adapted from Fishpond summary)
The domino killer / Neil White.
“When a series of shocking and seemingly random murders shocks Manchester, criminal lawyer Joe Parker and his police detective brother, Sam, must work together to solve the case. And before they know it, they’re in way over their heads.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Green hell / Ken Bruen.
“Ex-cop Jack Taylor has again hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police is ancient history. But Jack isn’t about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore. Between pub crawls and violent outbursts, Jack’s vengeful plot against the professor soon spirals toward chaos. Enter Emerald, an edgy young Goth who could either be the answer to Jack’s problems, or the last ripped stitch in his undoing.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The ravens / Vidar Sundstøl ; translated by Tiina Nunnally.
“It’s been a long, dark time since a gruesome discovery drew U.S. Forest Service ranger Lance Hansen into a murder investigation that is now approaching a resolution–although not to his satisfaction. Lance is haunted by visions of Swamper Caribou, the Ojibwe medicine man whose death a century earlier remains unexplained. Lance’s former father-in-law has the ability to interpret dreams–and what he reveals may be key to understanding both deaths, past and present.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)