Looking for some inspiration to reinvigorate your 2016 reading challenge? Lucy selects two books that she think will help you get your book mojo back on track.
Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne
If you’re suffering from reader’s block, look no further than Solomon Creed, the start of an electrifying new series by Simon Toyne. You’ll be hooked from the first page; from the moment the mysterious Solomon emerges from the burning wreck of a plane crash. Dressed entirely in white, he has no memory of who he is, he knows only that there’s a man he needs to save … but that man is already dead. If you’ve read Simon’s previous books, you’ll know that he’s the master of intrigue, and Solomon certainly doesn’t disappoint. It will hold you in its thrall to the last and, more than that, it will make you fall in love with one of the most original and enticing characters I’ve ever met.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Neapolitan Novels: Book 1)
My own brilliant friend recommended this to me a few months ago, and now I can’t seem to stop talking about it. This is, simply put, one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read; a vibrant and touching story about a friendship between two girls as they navigate their way through adolescence, set in a small neighbourhood near Naples during the 1950s. And the best news? There are three more books in the series, so plenty to get you through your reading slump!
Norway had Harry Hole,
Scotland had Rebus,
Sweden had Wallander,
Belgium had Poirot,
and Italy…has Rocco Schiavone
Black Run: For your Euro crime fiction fix
The dark flanks of the Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow.
Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He’s stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. On top of that, he’s got a dead body to deal with and this mangled corpse is “a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude”…
There is blood on the black run and nothing to identify the victim but a tattoo of Luisa Pec, owner of a bar popular with the locals and a pair of blue eyes popular with Rocco. Was it a crime of passion? Or of jealousy? And how is the mafia involved? Rocco Schiavone is on the case in the first of a sensational new crime series.
Surly, moody, individualistic, unconventional, corrupt, abusive, with a dark past, Rocco Schiavone seems to come from the dark metropolis of a novel by James Ellroy’ L’Indice
‘Corrupt and ingenious, Rocco Schiavone echoes Dudley Smith from L.A. Confidential’ La Stampa
‘Rocco Schiavone is as bad a cop as Lt. Kojak. Dishonest, potentially violent, intolerant of the rules, but he also has a talent for the job…’ Repubblica
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