Scandinavian crime fiction news

by Peter

A number of Scandinavian crime autors have been mentioned in the news lately. Stieg Larsson’s books are still generating hype. A recent post discusses The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo, and reports that it has now sold 7.5 million copies. Another reviewer, Joyce Pines, clearly fell in love with Stieg Larsson and Lisbeth Salander. She writes:

I did not want “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” to end. I was just getting to know the talented young woman of the title and I was intrigued by her and wanted so spend more time following her around Sweden, but author Stieg Larsson pulled the plug.

Another writer, at Book Hound, is  also fascinated with Lisbeth Salander, and finds comfort in the fact that The Girl Who Played With Fire is arriving, and writes that it is much better than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo because:

The focus in the second book of the trilogy shifts squarely to Lisbeth Salander, whose looks pass for elfin and whose computer hacker skills are off the charts, and we learn far more about her origins, the staggering damage inflicted upon her early on, and why her past plays a central role in the present as she finds herself a suspect in a murder inquiry.

Indeed, even in India there are people fascinated by the Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson! If you’re interested in more info about Stieg Larsson, there’s also a pretty good Q&A about him in Library Journal, as well as book reviews of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Angela Youngman and Laureen Walter! As well, ScandinavianBooks has reviews of the books!

Henning Mankell is another Swedish author that has been receiving considerable attention internationally lately. The movies recently shown on TV in the US and elsewhere have no doubt contributed to a renewed interest in this wonderful author. Thus, The Genteel Arsenal, for instance, recently brought a review of Menkell’s Sidetracked. The author of the review says he is ” intrigued by Swedish crime fiction at the moment”. He is not alone!

Also, a piece of good news for fans of Jo Nesbø (who is Norwegian rather than Swedish): I recently read that Jo Nesbo‘s new novel about Harry Hole, (will probably be) titled “Leoparden” (The Leopard)(the title ended up as Panserhjerte – Panzer Heart) is to be released in Norwegian, most likely late in September this year. This is his eight book about the somewhat miserable Harry, who introduces himself as “My name is Harry. Harry Hole” instead of “My name is Bond. James Bond.” For a long time I have been worried that he might have given up on Harry Hole and instead would be writing more Head Hunters novels.

In Panzer Heart (Panserhjerte), two women are found dead in Oslo, both have drowned in their own blood and have been stabbed in the mouth. The police have no technical traces to work on. They decide to get hold of Harry Hole, who has left the country and lives in Hong Kong, where he drinks and drugs himself while hiding from his creditors. The Oslo police offers to help him with his debts, and also informs him that his father is very ill and probably dying. Hole accepts, and takes on a case that turns out to be the most difficult he has had so far. As well, he is faced with new, tough opponents inside the police force, and even though he has been weakened by his own severe abuse of his body, he must fight several enemies simultaneously.

Also, Anne Holt is publishing a new book in Norwegian this fall, and Karin Fossum’s tenth book about Inspector Konrad Sejer, (Norwegian title Varsleren), is to be published in Norwegian in August.

In the sad news department, a Swedish Internet site gives a summary of an interview with Håkan Nesser (who has recently published his new book Maskarna på Carmine Street) where he states that he  only will write four books more, and then stop writing! That may not be all that important to American fans, since the US publishers are so slow in translating and publishing his books that they are approximately 20 books behind already (they probably will not finish publishing even the Van Veeteren series until 2020-25), but for Scandinavian and European fans it would be sad if Hakan Nesser stopped writing! Time will show, I guess?

More Scandinavian literary news at ScandinavianBooks.

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