If you are looking for gritty realism, dark themes, and intriguing mysteries look no further than Scandinavian crime fiction. Popularized by authors like Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, more and more authors are being translated into English. If you have never read any Nordic noir or have only read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series (beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) now is a great time to get started with the genre. The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be released September 1 and there are plenty of other fantastic books and authors to get you started!
Reykjavik Nights, Arnaldur Indridason – A prequel to the classic Inspector Erlendur series provides a moody and compelling story of Reykjavik’s dark underworld.
Open Grave, Kjell Eriksson -This award-winning Swedish crime series stars Inspector Ann Lindell as she investigates the harassment of a Nobel prize winner.
The Ice Princess, Camilla Läckberg – Featuring crime writer Erica Falck and Detective Patrik Hedstrom, this series digs into the knotted personal relationships of small town Sweden.
Wolf Winter, Cecilia Ekbäck – Set in the Swedish Lapland in 1717, this genre bending tale has mystery, supernatural suspense and historical intrigue.
The Swede, Robert Karjel – This compelling debut by Swedish Air Force officer Karjel presents an international twist on the Nordic noir genre with globe-trotting action.
The Andalucian Friend, Alexander Söderberg – Nurse Sophie Brinkman gets drawn into an gang feud after forging a relationship with a patient who is also an international crime lord.
Eva’s Eye, Karin Fossum – This moody and suspenseful series opener sets Inspector Konrad Sejer on the track to discover the link between two brutal murders.
The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen – Unruly Copenhagen detective, Carl Mørck, is relegated to cold cases after a shooting leaves him injured.