Crime novels are ideal for reading at the beach. But have you ever ventured beyond authors from Sweden, Britain or the U.S.? For an exciting alternative, check out the booming literary crime scene in Asia.
Suspense in Hong Kong
In The Borrowed, the brilliant Inspector Kwan solves no fewer than six cases. Chan Ho-Kei’s novel is as suspenseful as it is complex – and draws a scintillating portrait of Hong Kong.
Killers in Korea
A contract killer becomes the target himself: This isn’t exactly a new premise, but the narrative has never been more thrilling, poetic or politically explosive than in Korean author Un-su Kim’s novel The Plotters.
Evil in Japan
Dark, sinister, disturbing: Evil and the Mask, the second Fuminori Nakamura book to have been translated into English, is part crime and part classic noir fiction – Japanese style.
Eat (sardines), drink and party all night long in Lisbon, Portugal. June is the main festival month, and a highlight is the June 12 Marchas Populares parade on brightly decorated Avenida da Liberdade in honor of the city’s patron, Saint Anthony.
Self-styled as “the sweet taste of darkness”, the British indie rock band Black Honey and energetic frontwoman Izzy Phillips pay homage to Blondie, Nancy Sinatra and Mazzy Star. Watch them perform in Berlin on June 22 or in Vienna on June 26.