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After some important pauses commenting about other types of books, I proceed to continue the great cycle of detectives. So far I have focused on private and amateur detectives. This week I start with police, detectives with badges and official power to investigate criminal cases. In this topic there are many options, so I’ll start with a look around the world, highlighting options of policemen operating in different countries, but intentionally I am going to leave out this week to the United States, the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries, since there are many options in these three geographic areas, enough to fill a post each, which I will in the coming weeks. For now, let’s start with the post dedicated to the rest of the world.
Martin Walker is a reporter of Scottish origin and Oxford graduated who lives in Europe with his wife and two daughters.
In 2008, he began the series of novels “Bruno, Chief of Police”. Conceiving the character of Benoit Correges, nicknamed “Bruno”, which is the chief of police in a quiet area of Périgord in France. Bruno is a gourmet cook and was a soldier in the Bosnian War, and has now retired into the inlands of France to live a more relaxed life. Although he is Chief of Police, he never carries his gun and claims to have lost the keys to their handcuffs. However, it seems that the quiet area of Périgord it will begin presenting complicated cases that will challenge the police chief and the way that he wants to live his life.
The novel series “Bruno, Chief of Police” has received wide acceptance and have been published six novels and a short story to date.
Keigo Higashino is a writer born in Osaka, Japan, he began working as an engineer, who after winning an literature award for a novel that he submitted to a contest, decided to resign from his job as an engineer to fully concentrate on his new career as a writer, also was president of the association of the Mystery Writers of Japan from 2009 to 2013. He has written more than 30 books and has won multiple awards for his books.
In 2005 he began the book series “Detective Galileo” which immediately had great success in Japan including generating a TV series inspired by the novels but with original stories where while the character of Yukawa remains, Kusanagi is removed from the scene and replaced by a female character exclusive for the TV version .
“Detective Galileo ” is about a college physics professor, Manabu Yukawa, nicknamed “Galileo” extremely bright which is constantly consulted by a friend of his, Shunpei Kusanagi, who is Detective of the Tokyo Police Department, as it is key to explaining bizarre elements in the middle of criminal investigations usually involving murders. Yukawa is not interested in crimes or murders but he feels an irresistible urge to solve the scientific issues involved in the cases, while Kusanagi remains focused on follow the regular clues to find the perpetrators of the crimes.
Have been published 8 books in the series and 2 books of those have been translated into English.
Martin Cruz Smith, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (easily the best place to be born if you are a writer if you understand), has ancestry from at least 4 different races and has written more than 30 novels using different pseudonyms.
In 1980, he began the book series of “Arkady Renko” A Chief Homicide Investigator of the Militsiya, Department of Civil Police. Assigned to Moscow usually but in some novels travels to other parts of Russia. Renko is an honest cop who typically during criminal investigations must also to deal with the corruption that corrodes the Russian institutions after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The saga has published 8 novels to date.
Nele Neuhaus, whose original name is Cornelia Neuhaus is a German writer who in 2006 began her book series of “Bodenstein & Kirchhoff”.
Oliver von Bodenstein and his partner, Pia Kirchhoff, are detectives of the Speciual Unit K-11 of the German Police and they are assigned to diverse cases that lead them to all parts of Germany.
From 2006 to date have been published 6 novels which 2 of them have already been translated into English.
Leighton Gage was an American writer, born in Rahway, New Jersey but he spent 20 years of his life living in Brazil, of which later he was inspired to create the series of novels “Chief Inspector Mario Silva”.
The character of Mario Silva is a Chief Inspector of Criminal Matters in the Federal Police of Brazil. In the novels, the character travels to different places in Brazil not only investigating criminal cases, usually homicides, but must also having to deal diverse political and social problems in Brazil.
In 2008 started the series and 7 books were published where the latter was published in January 2014, posthumously after the author’s death.
Andrea Camilleri was born in Sicily, Italy, and has been a prolific author of poems, short stories and novels, has also been a screenwriter and film director of with the network RAI.
The character of Salvo Montalbano is an inspector in charge of the Police precint in Vigáta, in the zone of Sicily. Montalbano is honest, decent and loyal, but he some ways of doing the things, which makes his superiors feel uneasy about him. The Inspector Montalbano must get his work done in Sicily, home to the Italian Mafia, the worst place to be an honest cop.
From 1994 to date, there are published 22 novels and 5 short stories, which have already been translated into English the first 16 novels so far.
Also, thanks to the popularity of the book series, RAI produced a TV series based on the character of Inspector Montalbano.
Louise Penny is a writer born in Toronto, Canada, thanks to his mother, an avid reader of mystery novels including the Agatha Christie, is was how Louise developed her passion for mystery novels and to decide to write them.
Her character, Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Sureté in Quebec, where directly leads a special team of investigators, which travels with them to various cities in Canada. Because of their influence by Agatha Christie novels, the style of the novels “Chief Inspector Armand Gamache” retain a format of “cozy mystery” which is unusual in novels where police detectives are the main characters and no amateur detectives, but that also has managed to distinguish this series of books from other options on the market.
From 2005 to date, there have been nine novels.
John Burdett is a British writer who began his life as a lawyer and lived in Thailand for 12 years in the capital, Bangkok, where he practiced for the Thai government as well as in private practice in that country. After that, he decided to leave the legal profession and thanks to college extra courses on writing that he had decided to engage in the field of literature. Currently splits his time living between France and Thailand.
His character, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is a detective of the Police Department of Bangkok, half-breed son of a “rented wife” (a form of prostitute there) and an American soldier, is not 100% accepted by both cultures, but also manages to enter both classes of the city of Bangkok. A practicing Buddhist, it has allowed him to stay away from the widespread corruption in the Police Bangkok.
The book series has published five novels to date.
Michael Stanley is a pseudonym for two writers, Michael Sears who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and Stanley Trollip who lives in Minneapolis, USA, together they created the character of “Detective Kubu” which operates mainly in the country of Botswana.
The character of David Bengu, nicknamed “Kubu” that in Setswana dialect (one of the languages in Botswana) means “Hippopotamus”, which is not only a reference to his bulky figure but his ferocity and dangerousness, as the animal is one of the most feared in Africa. Detective Kubu works in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Botswana.
From 2008 to date, are published four novels in this series.
UNTIL NEXT WEEK HAPPY READING!