Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Real Locations in Crime Fiction
Edited by Maxim Jakubowski
New Holland Publishers - $45
PB - 245 x 190 mm, 100 photographs and 21 maps

Release date:1st October 2010

Whether it be the Edinburgh of Inspector Rebus, the London of Sherlock Holmes or the Ystad of the Swedish detective Wallander, Inspector Morse's Oxford, Sam Spade’s San Francisco or Brunetti’s Venice, the settings chosen by crime-fiction authors have helped those writers to bring their fictional investigators to life and to infuse their writing with a sense of reality – all the more so when the locations in question really exist.

Following the Detectives follows the trail of over 20 of crime fiction’s greatest investigators, discovering the cities and countries that they inhabit. Edited by one of the leading voices in crime fiction, Maxim Jakubowski, each entry is written by an expert contributor, a crime writer, journalist or critic with a particular interest or love of that detective or author.

The book includes beautifully designed colour maps featuring key real-life locations – be they buildings, streets, bars, restaurants and locations of crimes – allowing the reader the opportunity to eat Sam Spade’s favourite meal, drink a pint at Rebus’s favourite Edinburgh bar or to while away hours in a smoky Parisian café frequented by Inspector Maigret.

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 and will be a must for their bookshelves.

About the Editor:
Maxim Jakubowski spent many years in publishing, during which time he was responsible for several crime imprints. He opened London's Murder One bookshop, which he ran for 20 years, and now writes and edits full-time. He is a winner of the Anthony Award for best non-fiction crime book of the year for 100 Great Detectives, and has also been shortlisted. He has compiled many anthologies including the annual Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries for six years, Pulp Fiction, Future Crimes, London Noir, Paris Noir, Rome Noir, Murders for the Fireside, No Alibis and many others. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and TV and has reviewed crime fiction for Time Out and the Guardian for 17 years. Maxim lives in London.

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