June 5, 2014 by Reader's Connection
Have you developed an addiction to Scandinavian crime fiction? If you have, you are certainly not alone. In July 2009, The Guardian reported on the rise of Scandinavian crime fiction. On May 12, 2014, The New Yorker took on the same topic.
And click on the spooky tent with its Norwegian northern lights to read about ten favorites picked in 2011 by our own Cheryl Holtsclaw (West Indianapolis Branch).
If you’re looking for a place to get started, here are a few of the most popular books in this area.
Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
The Bat by Jo Nesbø
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Eva’s Eye by Karin Fossum
The newer crop of authors are just as intense as their predecessors, and proving to be just as popular.
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
If you’re looking for Scandinavian crime stories in a sampler size, short stories are a great introduction to the works of some of the sub-genre’s most popular authors.
Copenhagen Noir edited by Bo Tao Michaëlis
A Darker Shade of Sweden: Original Stories by Sweden’s Greatest Crime Writers edited and translated by John-Henri Holmberg
But wait! If you prefer your Scandinavian crime on DVD, we’ve got that too!
And, of course, you can watch Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in Swedish or English.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish, with subtitles)
But if you want to see the other two movies in the trilogy, you’ll have to watch them with subtitles.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish, with subtitles)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Swedish, with subtitles)
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to Scandinavian crime fiction, the New York Public Library has a good one available.