Most of the authors we’re hearing from during Booklist‘s Mystery Month have been name brands with well-known series or large bodies of work. But Paul Doiron‘s debut, The Poacher’s Son (2010) definitely made the mystery world sit up and take notice. “One hopes this fine novel is the first in a series starring Warden Bowditch, who could quickly become the East Coast version of C. J. Box’s game-warden hero Joe Pickett,” wrote Jessica Moyer in her starred Booklist review—and the book was nominated for Edgar and Barry awards as well. Doiron’s second novel, Trespasser, comes out next month and has earned another starred review. With that kind of heat, I thought we should find out what kind of fuel this talented author has been burning.
Knowing how much I admire the novels of Henning Mankell, my wife has been bugging me for a while now to read this Norwegian author whose works are similarly dark, gritty, and well-written. In The Devil’s Star, Jo Nesbø’s stubbornly independent (and alcoholic) police detective Harry Hole fights his own personal demons while on the track of a serial killer who leaves star-shaped diamonds at the crime scenes. Excellent character development, smooth interweaving of Hole’s private and professional lives, an edgy narrative with shocking twists, and new insight into the darker side of life in Oslo add up to a truly compelling read. As hard as it is to admit, my wife was right.
Given how much I admire the novels of C. J. Box, I’d better read Doiron, too!
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