All Time Faves: Scandinavian Crime Fiction

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Missing Missing
By Alvtegen, Karin
2008-01 - Felony & Mayhem
9781933397863 Check our catalog

 

Ruth Rendell-style suspense set in Stockholm, by Sweden's Queen of Crime. *Felony & Mayhem arrived onto the mystery publishing scene in late 2005 with its successful US launch of British author Elizabeth Ironside. The publisher's second international publishing coup will Karen Alvtegen's U.S. debut of Missing for January of 2008. Missing is the first of a multi-book deal with Felony & Mayhem to establish Alvtgen in her rightful place in the US market.. …More

Misterioso Misterioso
By Dahl, Arne
2011-07 - Pantheon Books
9780375425356 Check our catalog

 

After successfully--but bloodily--dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes. …More

The Hand That Trembles The Hand That Trembles
By Eriksson, Kjell
2011-08 - Minotaur Books
9780312605056 Check our catalog

 

A Swedish county commissioner walks out of a high-level meeting and disappears. Many years later, one of the town's natives is convinced that he's caught a glimpse of the missing man while traveling in Bangalore, India. …More

The Inner Circle The Inner Circle
By Jungstedt, Mari
2008-11 - Minotaur Books
9780312363789 Check our catalog

 

"The Inner Circle" opens with an international group of young archeology students sweating on a dig on the island of Gotland, uncovering a Viking fortification dating back over a millennium. They are a fun-loving lot, partying together every night, but the good vibe turns to horror when one of them, twenty-one-year-old Martina Flochten, disappears. Her body is found a short while later, naked, bled out, and hanging from a tree. Her injuries indicate that she is the victim of a ritual killing. …More

The Hypnotist The Hypnotist
By Kepler, Lars
2011-06 - Sarah Crichton Books
9780374173951 Check our catalog

 

A triple homicide, all the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders--against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? …More

The Ice Princess The Ice Princess
By Lackberg, Camilla
2010-06 - Pegasus Books
9781605980928 Check our catalog

 

The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Lackberg's haunting first novel. A more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian fiction . . . Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in her native Sweden.--Peter Robinson, author of "All the Colors of Darkness." …More

The Black Path The Black Path
By Larsson, Asa
2008-07 - Delta
9780385341011 Check our catalog

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From the internationally bestselling author of "The Blood Spilt" and "Sun Storm"--winner of Sweden's Best Crime Novel Award--comes a searing tale of darkness beyond imagination. …More

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
By Larsson, Stieg
2009-01 - Random House Large Print Publishing
9780739384152 Check our catalog

 

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago.…More

The Girl Who Played with Fire The Girl Who Played with Fire
By Larsson, Stieg
2009-07 - Knopf Publishing Group
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The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal bestseller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" features Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, as the focus and fierce heart of its story. …More

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
By Larsson, Stieg
2010-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307269997 Check our catalog

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Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Lisbeth Salander is ready to fight back. "[The trilogy] is intricately plotted, lavishly detailed but written with a breakneck pace and verve . . ["Hornet's Nest"] is a tantalizing double finale--first idyllic, then frenetic . . . Larsson has made the literary moods of saga and soap opera converge--with suspense as the adhesive."--"Independent." …More

Sidetracked Sidetracked
By Mankell, Henning
2009-04 - Blackstone Audiobooks
9781433202803 Check our catalog

 

A string of gruesome murders show the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Swedens Detective Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness. …More

Red Wolf Red Wolf
By Marklund, Liza
2011-02 - Atria Books
9781451602067 Check our catalog

 

Considered the female Steig Larsson, Scandinavia's most successful female crime writer offers readers the first novel in her #1 internationally bestselling series--a clever crime novel with gutsy, unforgettable characters. …More

The Inspector and Silence The Inspector and Silence
By Nesser, Hakan
2011-06 - Pantheon Books
9780375425233 Check our catalog

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A secretive and dubious religious sect comes under investigation when a young girl is found dead. Inspector Van Veeteren and the other detectives on the case are mystified and infuriated when the members of the Pure Life--led by a charismatic but unnervingly guarded messiah figure--choose to remain silent about the incident rather than defend themselves. …More

Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End: The Story of a Crime Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End: The Story of a Crime
By Persson, Leif G. W.
2010-09 - Pantheon Books
9780307377456 Check our catalog

 

Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and work by a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force that in this fiction lead to the murder of the Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme. …More

Box 21 Box 21
By Roslund, Anders
2010-10 - Picador USA
9780312655341 Check our catalog

 

Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel. Suddenly they are given an unexpected chance at freedom and with it the opportunity to take revenge on their enslavers and reclaim the lives and dignity they once had. What will happen now that the tables are turned and the victims fight back? …More

The Darkest Room The Darkest Room
By Theorin, Johan
2009-09 - Delta
9780385342223 Check our catalog

 

Winner of Sweden's Best Crime Novel Award, "The Darkest Room" is the latest thriller from the bestselling author of "Echoes from the Dead." …More

Detective Inspector Huss Detective Inspector Huss
By Tursten, Helene
2012-01 - Soho Crime
9781616951115 Check our catalog

 

Inspector Irene Huss, stationed in Goteborg, is called through the rain-drenched wintry streets to the scene of an apparent suicide. The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious duplex apartment. He was a wealthy financier connected, through an old-boys' network, with the first families of Sweden. But the "Society Suicide" turns out to have been a carefully plotted murder. …More

Danish

 

The Keeper of Lost Causes The Keeper of Lost Causes
By Adler-Olsen, Jussi
2011-08 - Dutton Books
9780525952480 Check our catalog

 

"The Keeper of Lost Causes" features a deeply flawed chief detective who's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. …More

Smilla's Sense of Snow Smilla's Sense of Snow
By Hoeg, Peter
1995-10 - Delta
9780385315142 Check our catalog

 

She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories--a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime...
It happened in the Copenhagen snow. A six-year-old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building. While the boy's body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident. But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn't fall from the roof on his own. …More

The Exception The Exception
By Jungersen, Christian
2008-07 - Anchor Books
9781400096657 Check our catalog

 

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. …More

 

Norwegian

 

The Fourth Man The Fourth Man
By Dahl, K. O.
2009-03 - Minotaur Books
9780312540579 Check our catalog

 

Dahl serves up a classic crime noir in a modern setting, in his U.S. debut--the first in a series of detective novels from this rising mystery writer. …More

Broken Broken
By Fossum, Karin
2011-08 - Mariner Books
9780547520360 Check our catalog

 

For the first time, Fossum shows her hand-- a novel about an author whose latest creation is the melancholy tale of a complacent man whose life is ripped apart by a young drug addict. …More

What Never Happens What Never Happens
By Holt, Anne
2008-02 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446578035 Check our catalog

 

All over Oslo, celebrities are turning up dead in the most macabre of situations. Its clear that the killer seeks some sort of retribution, but for what? New parents Adam Stubo and Johanna Vik are reluctantly drawn into the investigation. …More

The Snowman The Snowman
By Nesbo, Jo
2011-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307595867 Check our catalog

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Internationally acclaimed, bestselling Norwegian writer Nesb appears on the Knopf list for the first time with a bone-chilling new thriller about a serial killer who takes Harry Hole--Nesb's irascible police investigator--to the brink of insanity. …More

 

Icelandic

 

Hypothermia: An Icelandic Thriller Hypothermia: An Icelandic Thriller
By Indridason, Arnaldur
2010-09 - Minotaur Books
9780312569914 Check our catalog

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One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman's life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing 30 years before. …More

Where the Shadows Lie Where the Shadows Lie
By Ridpath, Michael
2011-08 - Minotaur Books
9780312675035 Check our catalog

 

Amid Iceland's wild, volcanic landscape, rumors swirl of an ancient manuscript containing a long-lost saga about a powerful ring. The saga alone would be worth a fortune, but something about this one could be much more valuable. Something worth killing for. …More

Frozen Assets Frozen Assets
By Bates, Quentin
2011-01 - Soho Crime
9781569478677 Check our catalog

 

An Officer Gunnhildur mystery set in Iceland …More

 

Finnish

 

Lucifer's Tears Lucifer's Tears
By Thompson, James
2011-03 - Putnam Adult
9780399157004 Check our catalog

 

Inspector Kari Vaara returns, more haunted than ever, in the follow-up to "Snow Angels." Kari is pushed into investigating a 90-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during World War II. Soon, the past and present collide in ways no one could have anticipated. …More

Ice Moon Ice Moon
By Wagner, Jan Costin
2007-05 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780151012695 Check our catalog

 

Set in Finland during the unnervingly long days of late summer near the top of the world, "Ice Moon" is an unsettling, poignant mystery. …More

Lang Lang
By Westo, Kjell
2006-02 - Carroll & Graf Publishers
9780786717248 Check our catalog

 

A man makes a phone call to his best friend in the middle of the night. He needs help, he says...oh, and he also needs to borrow a heavy-duty shovel. Christian Lang's story--"from one of Scandinavia's most acclaimed new noir writers--"is one of obsession, both physical and emotional.. …More