...Maxim Jakubowski is a writer and editor who was the Guardian's crime fiction reviewer for 10 years. He has edited anthologies of noir tales about London, Paris and Rome and is currently working on a Venice volume. Following the Detectives, which has just been published, is an illustrated book that follows the trail of some of crime fiction's greatest sleuths, discovering the cities and countries in which they live and work...'
The Guardian, November, 2010
is a beautiful book both to look at and to read. It?s full of information about each detective, with colour photos, details of film/theatre/TV dramatisations and clear maps showing the locations, plus links to useful websites. It?s just what you need ? a cross between a crime fiction companion and a travel guide....BooksPlease, Nov, 2010
The content is well done too. Twenty-one locations?15 cities and six regions?are featured in the main chapters, from Los Angeles, and San Francisco, to Iceland, Paris, Sweden, Nottingham, and Shropshire. All are represented by at least one fictional detective. The colours are bright, the style is consistently light and easy, and I can see this going down well as a Christmas or birthday gift.
In his introduction, Jakubowski explains that the idea was to create a book that was neither a travel guide, nor a detailed reference book, but one that had something of both. Size and weight rule out taking this with you on a walking tour of San Francisco, Edinburgh, Oxford, or Ystad?there are walking tours in all those places anyway?but Following the Detectives is a good place to start thinking about it. Better than that, though, it introduces writers, and characters, locating them in their respective cities in ways that help them make more sense to outsiders. For example, Michael Carlson?s chapter on George V. Higgins, Robert. B. Parker, and Boston, brings local knowledge that non-Bostonians may never grasp on their own, such as the significance of long-term sporting failure on the collective psyche of a city?s inhabitants; an explanation, he speculates, for a Bostonian sense of proportion in comparison with New Yorkers.I?d recommend this book as a gift for a crime fiction fan..Chrisroutledge
follows the trail of over 20 of crime fiction's greatest investigators, discovering the cities and countries in which they live and work.
Edited by one of the leading voices in crime fiction, Maxim Jakubowski, each entry is written by a crime writer, journalist or critic with a particular expertise in that detective and the fictional crimes that have taken place in each city's dark streets and hidden places.
The book includes beautifully designed maps with all the major locations that have featured in a book or series of books - buildings, streets, bars, restaurants and locations of crimes and discoveries - allowing the reader to follow Inspector Morse's footsteps through the college squares of Oxford or while away hours in a smoky Parisian café frequented by Inspector Maigret, for example.
Aimed at the avid detective fan, the armchair tourist and the literary tourist alike, Following the Detectives is the perfect way for crime fiction fans to truly discover the settings of their favourite detective novels. ..Eurocrimeblogspot, Nov, 2010show more
by mat archer