Professor Jerry’s påskekrim picks

Crime CornerPåskekrim is upon us again, and it’s time to head for the hills and get our fills of the crime fact and fiction we have been planning to read all year. Though I am a resident of the United States these days, I still observe “påskekrim,” and I usually start with a sentimental rereading of Gunnar Staalesen’s Where Roses Never Die (2017), easily the best of the Varg Veum series and, in fact, the best detective novel I know of besides Raymond Chandler’s classic The Long Goodbye.Thus fortified, I’ll then turn my attention to newly published works, and that’s where I’ll stay until it’s time to return from that magical Norwegian mountain of my imagination, where the landscape outside my window is always snowy and the aquavit is always freezer-cold.This year, the new kids on the block for me are Camilla Bruce, Vigdis Hjorth, and Sam Spicer—all Norwegian wri
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Jerry Holt

Jerry Holt is a novelist, playwright, teacher, and public speaker. He is professor emeritus of English at Purdue University Northwest and a recipient of Purdue's 2015 Dreamer Award, recognized for work as that has "embodied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of service to others.” Holt has written four major plays, one novel, and nine short plays. His acclaimed novel, The Killing of Strangers, focuses on several mysteries surrounding the Kent State University shootings on May 4, 1970.

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