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Tourist Season – a sunbed thriller

What does a man-eating crocodile nicknamed Pavlov, a terrorist cell, an anti-Castro group called First Weekend in July Movement and a beauty queen have in common? Weeell, we will not tell you, only suggest that if you want to have a really fun time while lounging next to the pool pick up Carl Hiaasen’s first novel Tourist Season (published in 1986).

Hiaasen, a journalist for the Miami Herald, has written over a dozen books, most of them satirical crime capers centered in south Florida. In Tourist Season, as in his future novels, funny and violent mix seamlessly and the author’s concerns for the environment are always in the forefront. Greedy condominium developers, crooked politicians, unsavory tourists are in the crosshairs of his wicked pen, lampooned and despised.

Tourist Season is about two journalists, one turned private eye and the other – an eco-terrorist, who battle it out with comic gusto leaving dead bodies along the way. Hiaasen’s lively novel has many bizarre twists and unforgettable characters, some of whom will migrate to his other novels.

Basically, Tourist Season is a highly entertaining and wacky book and we can promise one thing: Hiaasen’s weird heroes will boggle your mind and will get stuck in your head for a long, long time.

Rating: 4/5

Welcome to Kepler’s Nightmare!

If you are traveling and happen to be stuck in an airport with never-ending flight delays announced, or if you finally make it on board and “look forward” to several hours being cramped in a tiny seat, we have found a solution on how to make those hours run faster, and faster, and faster.

Stieg Larsson, Camilla Lackberg, Jens Lapidus, you probably heard of them already. But did you know that there is a new kid in town, and this kid rocks!

The Nightmare is the second book by a Swedish literary couple, Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, who write under the pseudonym Lars Kepler. It is an absolutely unputdownable thriller in the best traditions of Robert Ludlum and John Sandford.

Follow Joona Linna, a likable detective with a sense for clues that are out of the ordinary and an ability to connect dots that at first don’t seem to connect, in his adventures in hunting down a ruthless killer. Together with his sidekick, the young secret service agent Saga Bauer (who shoots like a world-class sniper), they also try to bring to justice powerful men involved in illegal arms deals.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It involves murder, international intrigue, kidnapping, torture, weapons smuggling – a true Nightmare that creeps under your skin.

Also, don’t miss Kepler’s first thriller – The Hypnotist.

Rating: 5/5

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