few months ago, I wrote about a charming tribute Andrea Camilleri paid Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
in his novel The Track of Sand
. Sjöwall and Wahlöö accord similar tribute to another crime writer in The Fire Engine That Disappeared
(1969), fifth in the Martin Beck series:
"He also drank some coffee and cognac and watched an old American gangster film on television. Then he got his bed ready and lay in the bathtub reading Raymond Chandler's The Lady in the Lake, every now and then taking a sip of cognac which he had placed within reach on the toilet seat."
Who said Swedes don't know how to live? A recent Detectives Beyond Borders post asked "Who is the hero in a Sjöwall and Wahlöö novel?
" There's your answer: If you know what a character likes to read, he's your protagonist.
n the other side of the Atlantic, I wonder if Every Bitter Thing
, Leighton Gage
's fourth novel featuring Inspector Mario Silva of Brazil's Federal Police, has been translated into Spanish and, if so, how well the book sells in Venezuela. Not that the novel names Hugo Chávez, at least not early on, but Chavistas might frown at several references to "the Clown."How do you feel about such topical references in crime fiction? What are some of your favorites?© Peter Rozovsky 2011
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