''A fine stylist who delights in words and the resonant structure of sentences''

20 July 12


Here is a really nice review of Summertime Death from The Australian:


There's little humour in Mons Kallentoft's Summertime Death (Hodder & Stoughton, 486pp, $24.99). Kallentoft is new to me but on the evidence of this book he's yet another fine Swedish crime writer in a tradition that began in the 1970s with husband-and-wife team Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Kallentoft and contemporaries such as Jo Nesbo and Lars Kepler are demolishing what's left of Europe's "most civilised" country's signature cliches of openness, rectitude and intelligence. Their Sweden is a violent place where kidnappings are common, sex trafficking is rife, demand for methamphetamine unlimited, far Right violence commonplace and where most men are brutal misogynists. But as with the novels of Sjowall and Wahloo their books are carefully crafted, entertainingly combining suspense with social criticism in often shapely prose.

Kallentoft is especially literary, a fine stylist who delights in words and the resonant structure of sentences, far removed from the bare, concrete tone of so much contemporary crime writing. So often its more typing than writing, short cinematic grabs of scenes surrounded by vast white spaces on the pages.

Kallentoft's 2000 debut, Pesetas, was awarded the Katapultpriset, the Swedish writers association's award for best first novel. His second novel, Marbella Club (2002), further increased his reputation as one of Sweden's most interesting new writers, a position that was cemented with Food Noir (2004), a multi-awarded collection of essays on food and travel.

Summertime Death is his fifth novel and the second about police inspector Malin Fors. Born, raised and, in her 30s, still residing in the provincial town of Linkoping, she's an intuitive cop who balances the investigation of murders with her home life, which involves bringing up her teenage daughter alone. In this book, she's hunting a murderer of young women, who are tortured and abused and scrubbed with bleach during a heat wave, with the town's surrounding forests on fire. She dreams of dust thrown in the air, needing to be gathered together to form a clear, black jewel, which as well as describing her investigation might just be a fine description of Kallentoft's style.

When I was filmed in Paris

15 July 12

 

Here is a great filmed interview with me from Paris. The film is in English with French subtitles.

Book fair in Saint Maur, Paris

06 July 12


Right now I am in San Sebastian writing. Just a week ago I was in Paris for the great paperback-festival in Saint Maur, organised by the genius bookstore owner and critic Gérard Collard.

   Hope to come back nest year. Thanks for taking the photo, Jerome Lambert.


I also met my new publisher in France, point for paperback, and Seuil. Great team. Look forward to France the coming years very much.

Walking and swimming in Linköping

22 June 12

  
Vattenänglar (Water Angels) is the Summer Serial in Svenska Dagbladet, starting today, Midsummer eve in Sweden. Today there's also a huge interview with me, walking and swimming in Linköping.

   Myself I am in Paris doing promotion right now.

''The sense of a hell on earth, where evil thrives''

18 June 12

Here's very good review of Summertime Death in Canberra Times:

"It is Kallentoft's characterisation and distinctive, often poetic style which make his crime-writing more memorable than most. Fors is ''driven and manic and a bit scary''. As a result she is considered a brilliant detective inspector.
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In Summertime Death, Kallentoft explores a common theme in Nordic crime, the abuse of women. It is compelling reading. The atmosphere of oppressive heat creates the sense of a hell on earth, where evil thrives. It is a powerful and disturbing vision."

Read the full review here