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If you enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, try more crime fiction by other noteworthy and prizewinning Scandinavian authors...

Compiled by Sandy Milenski. Summaries from ContentCafe. January 2011

  • The Laughing Policeman
    by Maj Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷
    The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer. Written in the 1950's, this is a highly acclaimed classic series.
  • The Redbreast
    by Jo Nesb°
    Award-winning and best selling Norwegian author Jo Nesb° introduces Detective Harry Hole in a story with subplots involving flashbacks to World War II and the role of Norwegians who fought for Hitler on the eastern front. In 2004, Norwegian book clubs voted The Redbreast as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written.
    For more World War II fiction, visit our Historical Fiction reading list.
  • Silence of the Grave
    by Arnaldur Indri­ason
    When a skeleton is unearthed at a Reykjavik building site, Inspector Erlendur and his colleagues set out to unravel a complex decades-old crime that may have ties to his own troubled family history. This book won the coveted 2005 British Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.
  • Black Seconds
    by Karin Fossum
    A parent's worst fears are realized in this absorbing psychological study written by Karin Fossum, who won a Gumshoe Award in 2007. Ten-year-old Ida Joner vanishes while riding her bicycle to town, igniting a desperate search for the missing child, a media frenzy, the suspicions of the community about local eccentric Emil Mork, and Inspector Konrad Sejer's most baffling case in years.
  • Detective Inspector Huss
    by Helene Tursten
    Goteborg, Sweden, is the setting for this first in a series starring Irene Huss, detective inspector in a police force not yet comfortable with women officers. While investigating the apparent suicide of a wealthy financier who is connected to one of the most powerful families in Sweden, Detective Inspector Irene Huss soon finds herself immersed in a murder mystery involving motorcycle gang members, skinheads, immigrants, and neo-Nazis.
  • The Ice Princess
    by Camilla Lńckberg
    After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case. Winner of France's 2008 Grand Prix de LittÚrature PoliciŔre for Best International Crime Novel.
  • Faceless Killers
    by Henning Mankell
    Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local Swedish police officer whose own personal life is falling apart, finds himself coping with a wave of anti-foreigner sentiment when he is put in charge of the investigation into the brutal murders of an elderly couple. Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written numerous Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes.
  • The Exception
    by Christian Jungensen
    When two of the four women who work at the Danish Centre for Genocide Studies begin receiving death threats, they suspect that they are being stalked by Mirko Zigic, a Bosnian torturer and war criminal, but as they try to track down the source of the threats, they discover that it could be someone in their very midst. A bestseller throughout Europe, The Exception is a gripping dissection of the nature of evil and of the paranoia and obsessions that drive ordinary people to commit unthinkable acts.
  • Death Angels: an Inspector Erik Winter novel
    by ┼ke Edwardsen
    Meet Erik Winter: a bachelor gourmand with a palate for obscure jazz and Lagavulin - and Sweden's youngest Chief Inspector. Winter teams up with Scotland Yard to solve the mysterious parallel killings of young British and Swedish tourists. Ewdardsen's crime novels have made him a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Award for best crime novel.
  • Blackwater
    by Kerstin Ekman
    n 1974, after moving to the remote town of Blackwater in northern Sweden to live with her lover, Annie Raft stumbles upon a brutal double murder that remains unsolved for twenty years, until her daughter falls in love with the man Annie had seen leaving the scene of the crime. First published in Sweden in 1993, this book has won the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy's award for best crime novel, the August Prize and the Nordic Council's Literary Prize.
  • Three Seconds
    by Anders Roslund and B÷rge Hellstr÷m
    Ex-convict Piet Hoffman--a family man, a rising member of Stockholm's Polish mafia, and an undercover police informant--is sent to a maximum security prison to make himself the boss of the amphetamine trade so the police can shut it down. The authors' unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. In 2009, Three Seconds was awarded the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' award for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year.
  • The Darkest Room
    by Johan Theorin
    Sweden's Best Crime Novel-winning author of Echoes from the Dead presents the story of grieving widower Joakim Westin, whose young daughter begins hearing ghostly voices, a situation that is tied to a walled-in room and their community's mysterious glowing lighthouse.

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