14 Japanese Thrillers in Translation

Mysteries and thrillers make up a sizable portion of the Japanese literary market. Thanks to the international success of Keigo Higashino, Natsuo Kirino, and Miyuki Miyabe—and, just as importantly, their translators—contemporary Japanese crime fiction proliferates on Western shelves. To follow is a list of both novels and manga (because no one does graphic titles like the Japanese), linked to their corresponding Booklist reviews, sure to chill and thrill you.

 

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How Charles Todd Met Hamish McLeod: The Mother-Son Team Behind Inspector Ian Rutledge

Hamish McLeod, a Scottish soldier in a British regiment during the Great War, was introduced to the reading public in 1996 in Charles Todd’s first novel, A Test of Wills.  The book, the first in a solidly successful 21-book series, went on to be selected as one of the century’s 100 favorite mysteries.

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

Robert Hofler begins Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts with a quote from his subject’s sister-in-law, Joan Didion: “Writers are always selling somebody out.” Hofler’s book, a smart, rangy portrait of an inordinately complicated man, begins with Dunne’s boyhood, made painful by his striving father’s scorn for his son’s effeminacy, details Dunne’s time as a party-obsessed Hollywood social

Book Trailer Thursday: THE LAST OF AUGUST

This week we’re showcasing The Last of August (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), Brittany Cavallaro’s latest addition to her Charlotte Holmes trilogy. The book trailer is so well-made it could easily be mistaken for a movie trailer, with everything from live action versions of the characters acting out snippets of scenes to a quick, snappy voice over from protagonist Jamie Watson.

To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

Lynn: “It started with one mistake.”

For many kids, a mistake means crumpling a piece of paper and starting over, but in The Book of Mistakes (2017), Corinna Luyken’s debut picture book about the creative process, a mistake leads to something truly brilliant. From an ink blot on the front endpaper to a splotch on the title page, Luyken hints that mistakes can lead to something good.

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