May 26, 2019 Agnete Friis' new novel takes place in flashbacks, jumping between the present and a rural Danish farm during the summer of 1978 — a seemingly idyllic time, until two people go missing.
April 21, 2019 Ilaria Tuti's crime thriller, set in the mountains of northern Italy, stars a classic odd couple of cops: A gruff, aging, unhealthy veteran detective and her young whippersnapper of a partner.
March 6, 2019 Niklas Natt och Dag's new novel is both ornate period piece — set in the grit and grime of late-18th-century Stockholm — and riveting murder mystery starring a mismatched pair of proto-gumshoes.
January 28, 2019 Un-Su Kim's novel about competing guilds of assassins in Seoul, South Korea, is billed as a mashup of Tarantino and Camus, but our reviewer says the reality is somewhat more Camus and less compelling.
January 19, 2019 Marc Fernandez' noir has fascinating elements — a crusading journalist, a trans detective, and the tragic real-life snatching of thousands of babies in Franco-era Spain — but ultimately falls flat.
November 24, 2018 Amparo Dávila is often described as Mexico's answer to Shirley Jackson, and The Houseguest -- her first collection to be translated into English --radiates a sense of unease and calamity.
November 10, 2018 Hye-young Pyun's new novel, about an exterminator on a work trip to a nameless dystopian country, has overtones of Kafka, Stephen King and J.G. Ballard. It's grim, it's gross, and it's unputdownable.
August 15, 2018 Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's new collection is a cabinet of curiosities — surreal, loosely connected stories about the human body, about movement, about two-headed calves and saints' relics.
June 30, 2018 Sometimes it seems like authors of color are relegated to writing about nothing but suffering, says author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. But we all need a taste of happiness — starting with these five books.