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Having recently finished all of the books in the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell, I was wondering if anyone knew of or could recommend any good crime novels by other scandinavian writers. The only other ones I really know about are Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (of the Martin Beck series), which deal with Sweden in the 1960/1970's. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Thats great. Thank you all for the suggestions above. I'll certainly try and check out the author's mentioned.

 

To Megustaleer - that's very kind of you to say that. I'll certainly try and post a little more this year. All the best.

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Further to the posts earlier, I did a search on Amazon and apparently they have a "specialist" section on Scandinavian Crime Writers!!! Other writers of note, mentioned in the section include -

Karin Fossum (of the Inspector Sejer), whom some commentators liken to Kurt Wallander.

Jo Nesbo (of the Detective Harry Hole series).

Hakan Nesser (of the Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren and also Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti from 2006 onwards.

 

All of which seem to have favourable reviews. But as always the proof is in the reading. :)

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I've been on a Scandanavian murder mystery kick for a little while and have the following recommendations:

 

1. Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo, especially the earliest books in the 10-book series. The first one is Roseanna and I think the best one is The Laughing Policeman. They have all been good, though. The reason I am less fond of the later ones is that they got preachy on social issues, which I find tiresome. They had made their point very well in the other books without telling me what they thought. In the later books, they started telling more than showing.

 

2. Henning Mankell. I know you've just finished the series (that was a sad moment, wasn't it?). I thought I'd mention that he has relatively recently (at least in the U.S.) issued a book of short stories about Wallander that all take place before the first novel. It's called Pyramid and I am reading it now. It's good, better than I thought it would be. And the series with Kenneth Branagh is excellent. The quality of the acting and cinematography are both very high. In fact, some of the visual images are strikingly beautiful.

 

3. Hakan Nesser, the Van Veeteren mysteries. I just read the most recent one in the series and it's very good. They take place in a fictional town that appears to be in a generic Scandinavian country. The author is from Sweden, but the names in his novels appear to be Dutch. The first novel is called Mind's Eye.

 

4. Arnaldur Indridason. This is another series that features a police inspector, named Erlendur. They take place in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first book is called Jar City.

 

5. Jo Nesbo. I think these are being published out of order in the U.S., but the first one that I could find here is The Redbreast. The main detective is Harry Hole and he is based in Oslo, Norway.

 

I feel like I'm leaving someone out. If I am, I will post again. Enjoy!

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Hi Binker, thanks for the post.

 

I've read the pyramid incidentally. Didn't know about it, but was browsing in an airport book shop and saw it so it was ideal holiday reading!!! From my reading around the Wallander series, I think there are another 2 book's in the series. One was realeased in Holland (about 90 pages in total) called the Grave in 2004 and the other I think has a provisional publish date of 2011 (depending on translation) - called "The Troubled Man"

 

I've been watching some of the Wallander TV series with K.Branagh and in the main I like it. Some of the cinematography in the series is just stunning. It's also quite true to the books, although they do use some poetic licence.

There's another Wallander series (which uses the same main characters), but takes a somewhat different route with the stories. It's a Yellow Bird series and was BBC3 or BBC4 before the 2 initial series with Branagh. They were also quite good I thought.

 

Thank for the head's up re: the other authors mentioned. I think I'll definitely be giving Roseanna a go. It was also name checked and recommended in a documentary about Wallander and swedish crime writing in the 60's etc.

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Having recently finished all of the books in the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell, I was wondering if anyone knew of or could recommend any good crime novels by other scandinavian writers. The only other ones I really know about are Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (of the Martin Beck series), which deal with Sweden in the 1960/1970's. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

 

Update: Have read the first book in the series (Roseanna) and enjoyed it. The style and the content took a little getting used to, but I persisted and was rewarded with a good read. I'm now part way through the second book in the series, which some have said is a little bit of a departure from the other books in the series. I'm therefore reserving judgement, but hopefully it will be good.

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Thanks for updating us on your discoveries so far.

Others looking for information on Scandinavian crime novels (which seem to be the latest trend) will find your thoughts helpful.

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Finn, I hope you will post your thoughts on the thread on each of the books. I started one on each one, but they haven't gotten a lot of response. It will be good to hear what you think.

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May I agree with those recommending Jo Nesbo…………Harry Hole is one of the great characters.

 

I'm currently reading The Last Fix by K O Dahl………..very slow, but absorbing.

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I was on Amazon today looking up something unrelated and, well one thing lead to another, I found another list of Scandinavian crime writers. The list included two writers that I had not heard of before. Pernille Rygg and Kjersti Scheen.

Both are Norwegian.

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