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Frozen to Death…..Investigating Scandinavian Crime Fiction.

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).

Cheryl's Top 10 Scandinavian Bloodlettings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a place to get started, here are a few of the most popular books in this area.

Faceless Killers

 

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

 

 

 

The Bat

 

The Bat by Jo Nesbø

 

 

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

 

 

 

Eva's Eye

 

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

 

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

 

 

 

The Hypnotist

 

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

 

 

 

The Ice Princess

 

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

 

 

 

Echoes from the Dead

 

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

 

Copenhagen Noir edited by Bo Tao Michaëlis

 

 

 

A Darker Shade of Sweden

 

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!

Headhunters

 

Headhunters

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Money

 

Easy Money

 

 

 

 

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

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 

 

 

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

 

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

 

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish, with subtitles)

 

 

 

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

 

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.

 

–Selector Robin Bradford

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