The Human Part by Kari Hotakainen

The Human Part (Finnish original title Ihmisen osa) is a marvelous and fascinating tale by prize-winning Finnish author Kari Hotakainen. It starts, interestingly, with a scolding of authors. Authors are people who make a living by producing lies, says Salme Malmikunnas, the main protagonist in this wonderful novel. But even so, Salme has a story […]

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Münster’s Case, by Håkan Nesser

Münster’s Case (aka The Unlucky Lottery) is the sixth book in Swedish crime fiction writer Håkan Nesser’s excellent series about the grumpy, eccentric and brilliant Chief Inspector Van Veeteren. In this very intelligent mystery, Nesser has chosen to sideline Van Veeteren a little. The book-loving and somewhat philosophical Chief Inspector is on sabbatical, and works […]

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Finnish crime fiction: Wolves and Angels, by Seppo Jokinen

Finnish crime fiction writer Seppo Sakari Jokinen (b 1949) wrote the first book in his series featuring detective Sakari Koskinen in 1996. The book sold well, and since then Jokinen has written 16 more books featuring this interesting hero. While the series sells very well in Finland, Wolves and Angels is the first of Jokinen’s […]

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Raid and the Kid, by Harri Nykanen

Raid is a mysterious figure. He is Finnish crime fiction writer Harri Nykanen’s hard-nosed, no-nonsense, ultra-effective hit man. We met this legend first in Raid and the Blackest Sheep, where he functioned as bodyguard and driver for the ageing gangster Nygren. Now – in Raid and the Kid – Raid is lying low at the […]

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My Struggle: Book One, by Karl Ove Knausgaard

It’s not clear whether the monumental six volume work My Struggle, written by Karl Ove Knausgaard (in Norwegian: Knausgård) – which consists of no less than 3,500 pages – is a novel or a memoir. And it really doesn’t matter all that much: Sufficient to say is that in a very surprising way it is […]

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Death of a Carpet Dealer, by Karin Wahlberg

Death of a Carpet Dealer is the seventh book in Swedish crime fiction writer Karin Wahlberg’s series featuring police commissioner Claes Claesson and his wife Veronika Lundborg, a doctor at Oskarshamn Hospital. It is set in the small coastal town of Oskarshamn in Sweden and Istanbul in Turkey. As far as I know, this is […]

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Dark Angel by Mari Jungstedt – the Anders Knutas series

Dark Angel is the sixth installment of Mari Jungstedt‘s series featuring Inspector Anders Knutas and news reporter Johan Berg on the Swedish island of Gotland. Chronologically, the action in this book follows the events in the previous novel The Dead of Summer. The action in Dark Angel starts immediately. At a large public event with […]

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The Drowning, by Camilla Läckberg

The Drowning (original title Sjöjungfrun) is the sixth in Swedish crime fiction writer Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling series featuring the mystery-solving duo Erica Falck-Patrik Hedström. The series has been a stunning success in Europe, and has made Camilla Läckberg one of the top ten best-selling authors there. The series is set in the small town of […]

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