onsdag den 22. april 2009
DJ's Bait in the Box # 14
This week´s novel which is the first in a series was not written “long time ago”, but seen from my perspective, it certainly “comes from afar.”
“The old man was lying on his stomach before the massive fireplace, head on the stone hearth. He was wearing only pyjama pants and his thin naked back was covered with dried blood through which could be seen dark horizontal lines. There was blood pooled on the stones and soaked into the carpet. It was black in the light from a high uncurtained window.
The two medics went to him, knelt. The woman put her gloved hands on his head, lifted it gently. “Significant open head injury, possible brain herniation,” she said, talking to her companion and into a throat mike.”
I was right about the vegemite! Look here: "He spread butter, put on a coal-dark seam of vegemite."
If you recognize the quotation, or if you think you are able to guess who wrote it, please post a comment. Just leave a hint, do not spoil the fun by giving too much away. The book will be reviewed on Friday as usual.
Gæt en Bog # 14.
Denne uges krimi, som er den første i en serie, er ikke ret gammel, og set fra en dansk synsvinkel kommer den fra fjerne kyster.
“Den gamle mand lå på maven foran den enorme pejs, med hovedet oppe på stensætningen. Han var kun iført pyjamasbukser, og hans tynde nøgne ryg var dækket af indtørret blod, men under det kunne man skelne nogle mørke vandrette linjer. Blodet havde dannet en pyt på stenene, og gulvtæppet var gennemblødt. Det virkede sort i lyset fra et højt vindue uden gardiner. De to ambulancefolk trådte hen til ham og lagde sig på knæ.
Kvinden lagde en behandsket hånd om hans hoved og løftede det forsigtigt. ”Tydeligt åbent kraniebrud, muligvis hjernefremfald,” sagde hun, både henvendt til sin ledsager og til en mikrofon hun havde siddende i reversen.”
Jeg havde ret mht den vegemite! Se bare her: "Han kom smør på og derefter et kulsort lag af det salte, næsten bouillonagtige Vegemite."
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Dorte does the [female?] author come from the vegemite generation?
Hm, if you give me a clue with regard to the vegemite generation, I can tell you whether you have made one or two wrong assumptions ;)
Love the jar!
Over 65 as I remember it from my childhood and the author I am thinking of is even older.
Julia, the jar was a must for today´s book. Not happy to admit it, but I just ´stole´ the picture. Danes don´t eat vegemite.
Norman: 2009 minus 65 is a near-hit.
But he probably still eats Vegemite - some people do, or so I have heard.
He ah wrong guess.
Lots of us eat vegemite. 21 million or so at least :)
I've not heard of this vegemite generation though.
Honestly I am hopeless at these games but based on Dorte's hints and making the big assumption that the author is one of my people...I think it's from a book with a one word title?
So now Norman knows when (birth of the writer), Bernadette knows where, and she just might know who - though the one-word title is not this book.
But do they (Danes) eat Marmite? In my experience, countries eat one or the other, but not both. Marmite is very popular with 50 per cent of the population of Petrona towers, and ignored by the other 50 per cent.
(No clue on the book, as usual!)
An older antipodean male author who perhaps wasn't born down under?
Well done, Norman :D
Maxine, Danes eat neither. At least I don´t know anybody who does, and I must admit we didn´t feel tempted to try Marmite when we were staying in Reading.
Oh now I have no idea.
Well some idea.
I had vegemite on my toast this morning in honour of this post (contrary to popular belief we don't all eat it every day and I hadn't had any for ages).
I don’t recognize the quotation, but could it be from Australia? Arthur Upfield? Garry Disher?
Detectives Beyond Borders
“Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”
Bernadette, I thought you might be thinking of the latest in his series, not the first one??
And I am thrilled that you are eating vegemite in honour of this post (rather you than me, I think, but don´t tell anyone) :D
Peter: right place but wrong men.
Well if it's who I am thinking of Dorte I haven't actually read the first in his series (I feel guilty about it - so little time).
Drumming fingers on the desk waiting for Friday
Oh and Vegemite is not just for toast - it makes a wonderful addition to casseroles and soups - good flavouring. And given the temperature dropped by about 15 degrees today and it's raining for the first time in forever I might even use vegemite in tonight's dinner!
Bernadette, Vegemite in casseroles and soups - now that is something I can understand! Maybe I should ... (well, I don´t think I could - not in our village at least, but there just might be well-stocked shops in Thisted, the main town of Thy...???)
"Drumming fingers ...." You really make me sweat. I haven´t read the book yet so perhaps I should switch off my computer for once :D
"An antipodean not born down under" there is only one writer who fits that description.
Norman, you are quite right. With your and Bernadette´s clues people cannot complain that this one is difficult. Piece of toast with marmite, mates :D
Ha, and I had deleted my comment after I read your injunction not to name names. I need not have done so, it transpires.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
Peter, it is not that important as there is nothing to win anyway; it is just my little game. I might have removed it if you had given the right name - or I might just not have admitted you were right :D
Australian not born down under? Not an author that featured as a picture on a recent "london book fair" post at Petrona? The quotatation does not seem like his style.
Maxine, apparently he masters more than one style. I wouldn´t put it past him after having enjoyed 250 pages by this new find of mine :D
Not an architectural antipodean?
He had another occupation before he turned to crime fiction, but one which was more common for writers of fiction than architecture.
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