Tuesday, October 26

Bookish: Mostly Mysteries (3#) -

Our region finally got to watch Varg Veum, the Norwegian detective. He turned out to be a bit of a super hero type, though not at all a cliche. Appropriately, the second Veum episode featured a super villain nicknamed The Mink, who was a vividly portrayed drug dealer.

# Patrick Marnham writes about Pedigree a quasi-autobiographical novel by Georges Simenon, creator of Inspector Maigret at WSJ. Recommended!

# Barbara Spindel chats with author Amitava Kumar
about literary perspectives on the war against terrorism.

# Coming in 2011: European Mystery books that have been newly translated into English include a Wallander expected in March and a Fred Vargas opus in April.