I get a lot of books in the mail for my various reviews and columns and , of course, this blog. People give me their books so that I’ll read them and talk about them.
I like it. I get free books.
They like it. They sell books.
It’s definitely a win-win for both of us.
One of my favorite publisher-friends over the years has been Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House. They win several good marks for me. First off, they’ve published several books by Taylor Stevens that are on my all-time fave list. Her series of Vanessa Michael Munroe novels are superb! Crown recently sent me a sweet advance hardback copy of The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderburg. The book came with a really nice promo package as well. Their marketing team did a slam-up job on the package, all topped off wonderfully with cool cover graphics on the book itself.
I started reading the book right away and was drawn in immediately by the characters. Eccentric guys, crazy Russians, a cute girl…it’s all working great. I haven’t finished yet, so I won’t comment further right now. Here’s the plotline from Crown’s website though…
“When Sophie Brinkmann—nurse, widow, single mother—meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful. She likes his quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister.
Guzman is the head of a powerful international crime ring with a reach into drugs and weapons that extends from Europe to South America. His interests are under siege by a ruthless German syndicate who will stop at nothing to stake their claim. But the Guzmans are fighters and will go to war to protect what’s rightfully theirs. The conflict quickly escalates to become a deadly turf war between the rival organizations that includes an itinerant arms dealer, a deeply disturbed detective, a vicious hit man, and a wily police chief. Sophie, too, is unwittingly caught in the middle. She must summon everything within her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship.
The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse of a novel—turbo-charged, action-packed, highly sophisticated, and epic in scope—and announces Alexander Söderberg as the most exciting new voice in thrillers in a generation.”
There’s a powerhouse of media coming out of the northern European countries lately and, if they are any indication, I hope they continue. There’s the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Larsson, the Lillehammer television series on Netflix, the Troll Hunter movie, and now this. Knowing that all these works are coming from the land of my forefathers makes me enjoy them even more. They give me a taste of life from a land I haven’t visited yet.
To make things even better, I just checked online and even found a page on Crown’s website where The Andalucian Friend is paired with a recipe. You can find it HERE.
If you’re a fan of the genre or would like a good stepping off point into mystery, suspense, crime, or Swedish stories, go pre-order this book right away. It comes out mid-March.