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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:00 pm
Detectives beyond Borders: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

The name Detectives beyond Borders suggests a relief organization that dispatches trenchcoat-and-fedora wearing PIs to disaster-stricken countries that have dire need of crime-solving. As it turns out, DBB is not an international NGO but a one-man blog published in Philly—but that doesn’t mean proprietor Peter Rozovsky’s not an altruist. After all, he publishes almost every day of the week and you don’t have to pay a thing to read his work.

Please describe your publication.

I write a blog called Detectives beyond Borders. I’ve been posting almost every day since September 2006. I have no formal restrictions on subgenre, but a reader is likelier to find Derek Raymond or Andrea Camilleri on my blog than Lilian Jackson Braun (though Janet Evanovich has come up from time to time). I write primarily about crime fiction from outside the United States (my slogan is “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”), but I will venture into American crime fiction, reports from crime fiction conventions, graphic novels, world literature that shares elements with crime fiction, the book business, music, travel, and photography. I also occasionally publish interviews with authors and translators (Jo Nesbø, Håkan Nesser, Caryl Férey, Rebecca Cantrell, Sian Reynolds, Mehmet Murat Somer, and others). This variety keeps things fresh and produces lively, entertaining give-and-take with a worldwide readership.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a newspaper copy editor, and I’ve recently branched out into freelance fiction editing. (Tell your friends!) My blog is a one-man operation. I write it myself, except for the occasional guest post.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Many are Irish: Kevin McCarthy, Declan Burke, Brian McGilloway, Adrian McKinty (especially Dead I Well May Be and The Cold Cold Ground). Outside Ireland no crime writer is better than Bill James, particularly Books 7 through 16 of his Harpur and Iles series. The books are dark, literate, and very funny. Other favorites include Arnaldur Indriðason, Peter Temple, Dominique Manotti, Roger Smith, Andrea Camilleri.

Tell us about a recent review or article of which you’re particularly fond.

I am proud of my reviews of Harri Nykänen’s Nights of Awe and Benjamin Black’s A Death in Summer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. I thought they nailed the novels’ notable strengths and notable weaknesses.

What does the future hold for your publication?

I plan to keep writing daily as long as I can. I hope to expand the range of my interviews, perhaps to include publishers and—hmm, librarians—interested in international crime fiction.

Which other mystery magazines and blogs do you believe are must-reads?

Declan Burke’s Crime Always Pays blog is a must-read for Irish crime fiction. Australian crime writing has been well represented for years by a number of sites and blogs, and Crime Watch (New Zealand) has joined them more recently. The Thrilling Detective website will help any library looking to expand its stock of American crime writing.

Detectives beyond Borders Data


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Twitter: @DBeyondBorders

Frequency of publication: Five to seven days a week

Cost to subscribe: Free



2 Responses to “Detectives beyond Borders: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime”
  1. Peter Says:

    If I were British, my blog’s name could sound like a quango.

    Thanks again for asking me to take part.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  2. Keir Graff Says:

    Thank YOU, Peter!

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