Well, once I’m through all the paperback books I listed earlier (or ‘physical’, as a book library app I downloaded recently likes to describe books you can actually hold), I’ll be not getting any ink on my fingers at all, with this little lot:
Redbreast : Jo Nesbo.
“… entwines a Second World War ghost story with a modern hunt for an assassin in a clever and entertaining way that teases and taunts to the very end…Harry (Hole), with his quirky sense of humour, is a likeable hero despite his many flaws. A complicated story of passion, lost love, betrayal and murder.”
Actually Jo Nesbø, he’s from Norway and as someone now residing in neighbouring Denmark, I know how to pronounce the ‘ø’, that they’ve ducked out of using for the rest of the world outside Scandinavia.
This one was given away on iTunes as part of their 12 Days of Christmas promotion.
The Heretic’s Treasure : Scott Mariani.
This was 99p as a promotion on the UK iTunes store.
“An ancient fortune has lain hidden for thousands of years, one so powerful that men will kill to protect it.
And only one man can unearth it…”
Probably best not to go any further into it right now…
A Spy’s Life : Henry Porter.
“A massive air crash in New York kills 19 people, most of them working for the United Nations. The only survivor is a British ex-spy, Robert Harland. After a traumatic encounter with torture in Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution, he is now working for the UN in a low-key, non-espionage role. Anyone familiar with the genre will know that attempts to retire from the spy trade are always doomed to failure and Harland’s freak survival of the plane crash soon make him public property again. The FBI and other shadowy forces are keen to find out what he was doing on the plane. As Harland speedily finds himself in lethal situations again, his life is further complicated by the appearance of a young man claiming to be his son by Eva, a young Czech agent with whom Harland was once in love.”
The Trinity Six : Charles Cumming.
“Often talked of as a potential heir to John le Carré, Cummings confirms here that he’s a reliably classy storyteller … An assured and richly enjoyable thriller” Sunday Times
The Polish Officer : Alan Furst
I’ve read a couple (I think it’s two) of his before. I was well impressed by his evocation of the period just before the start of the Second World War, though I thought the story was a bit light. No reason not to read more, though.
I Am Legend : Richard Matheson.
I loved the film – with either ending (though I thought the one that wasn’t used in the cinema version, just shaded it).
The book, is a completely different animal, a passing friend with a digital copy tells me. He recommends reading it in the daylight, as well.
The Bourne Legacy : Eric Von Lustbader.
“Jason Bourne has gradually come to realise who an what he really is – a strange amalgam of a man named David Webb and a deadly killer. Now David Webb is living a peaceful life as a university professor in the backwoods of America with his wife and children. But someone is reaching out to take him out of the game forever. A deadly assassin is on his trail and his former handler has been brutally murdered already. It seems that David Webb must once again turn to Bourne to save his life and family.”
You know exactly what you’re gonna get with Robert Ludlum and Jason Bourne and (based on the previous one) von Lustbader does a great job of continuing in the Ludlum vein.
Most of the above were bought on the Danish iTunes book store, though a couple were found on the UK version. As a rule, by the time we get them in Denmark, they are available everywhere.