With Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy capturing attention world wide, more eyes are turning to Sweden. But Stieg Larsson is just one in a long tradition of Scandinavian Mystery Writers. Here are some of the Scandinavian Mystery writers you can find at Lake Bluff Library:
Swedish. Åke Edwardson is a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Award for best crime novel. Sun and Shadow follows Sweden’s youngest chief inspector, Erik Winter, as he tries to solve a grisly double-murder that is threatening his city, Gothenberg, Sweden, and may yet prove more personal than even that.
Norwegian. Known in her own country as “the Norwegian queen of crime”, she reigns with convoluted plots and complex characters in her Inspector Sejer mysteries.
Icelandic. In 2004, his novels made up seven of the ten most popular books checked out at Reykjavík City Library. He has won a Glass Key Award, a literature prize for the best Nordic crime fiction, and a Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger for his novels.
Swedish. The Inner Circle is set on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Inspector Anders Knutas is presented with the ritualistic infused murder of an archeology student, and the novel had themes borrowed from the sagas of the past.
Swedish. In her debut, The Ice Princess, Camilla Läckberg chronicles how secrets can never stay buried, and silence can kill the soul. It won France’s 2008 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Best International Crime Novel.
Swedish. She won Sweden’s Best First Crime Novel when she introduced Rebecka Martinsson, a tax lawyer who gets drawn back to her hometown of Kiruna. In The Blood Spilt, Martinsson gets called back to Kiruna after the murder of a feminist priest who has as many enemies as friends.
Swedish. International Bestselling author of the Millennium Trilogy, Larsson chronicles the dynamic duo of Mikael Blomkvist, a daring journalist and amateur sleuth, and Lisbeth Salander, a gritty and independently minded hacker with her own brand of justice, as they confront modern injustices.
Swedish. Popular bestselling author Henning Mankell is very politically active. His mystery series, following Inspector Kurt Wallander, have won many awards, including the German Crime Prize, and the British CWA Gold Dagger.
Norwegian. Nesbø is primarily famous for his Harry Hole mystery series, but he also moonlights as the lead singer and songwriter for the Norwegian band Di Derre.
Håkan Nesser Norwegian. He has won the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and the Glass Key. He has lived in Upsalla, New York and London. His character, Van Veeteren, lives in the ficticious city of Maardam, located in an unspecified North European country that resembles Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland and Germany.
Anders Roslund/Borge Hellström are a Swedish crime writing duo.
Roslund is a journalist, and Hellström is the founder of an organization that focuses on crime prevention. Together they write novels that invert the norms to question the source of a crime.