Looking for great crime novels with some depth
December 2, 2012 6:36 AM Subscribe
Seeking recommendations for (non-American/British) crime novels that also serve as interesting social commentary
posted by 1901gunner to Society & Culture (17 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I've made an effort this year to expand my reading of English-in-translation lit and in the process have particularly enjoyed crime novels that go beyond simple mystery or suspense to say something about the culture of their setting as well.
Examples of authors I enjoy who fit this criteria: Natsuo Kirino (Japan), Jo Nesbø (Norway), Tana French (Ireland). While I very much enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series in Botswana, that's the sort of thing a bit cozier than what I'm searching out. Also, works set in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America would be particularly good to hear about (and must be available in English).