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This is Scandinavian crime fiction! The authors are presented in alphabetical order. Check back soon as more names will be added within the next few weeks.

Jussi Adler-Olsen

Established editor and publisher of works on Groucho Marx, marital relations, floating steel homes - but probably most well-known for his comic book encyclopedia - Jussi Adler-Olsen  turned his wide spanning genius to crime fiction and "The Department Q". But why did he grow up at a mental hospital? Find out here.

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Jussi Adler-Olsen, MercyJussi Adler-Olsen, The Keeper of Lost Causes


Karin Alvtegen

Karin Alvtegen's Missing was nominated for a 2009 Edgar's Award in the Best Novel category. The Edgar's is awarded by Mystery Writers of America, and is arguably the most prestigious crime fiction award. More about Alvtegen's fast-paced psychological crime fiction here.

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Karin Alvtegen, MissingKarin Alvtegen, BetrayalKarin Alvtegen, ShameKarin Alvtegen, Shadow


Åke Edwardson

Åke Edwardson’s Frozen Tracks was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist in 2008. It is fitting that LA is the first US city to praise Åke Edwardson, since this city is a place where Åke Edwardson knows every street and alley way. How come? Read more here.

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Åke Edwardson, Frozen TracksÅke Edwardson, Never EndÅke Edwardson, Sun and ShadowAke Edwardson, Death AngelsAke Edwardson, The Shadow Woman


Kerstin Ekman

Highly acclaimed Swedish author and Swedish Academy member Kerstin Ekman has still not been fully discovered by the English readers of Scandinavian crime fiction. Find out here what her relation is to Salman Rushdie.

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Kerstin Ekman, BlackwaterKerstin Ekman, Under the Snow


Karin Fossum

Time of London recently named Karin Fossum one of the 50 greatest crime writers of all time, and her The Indian Bride was The Los Angeles Times Book List Winner in 2008. Read more about Karin Fossum here.

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Karin Fossum, Don't Look BackKarin Fossum, He Who Fears the WolfKarin Fossum, When the Devil Holds the CandleKarin Fossum, The Indian BrideKarin Fossum, Black SecondsKarin Fossum, BrokenKarin Fossum, The Water's Edge


Anne Holt

Former Norwegian Minister of Justice is now one of the most well received writers of Scandinavian crime fiction. Her mastery is unfortunately often overshadowed by speculations about hers, and her heroines', sexual orientation. Read more about Anne Holt here.

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Anne Holt, What is MineAnne Holt, What Never Happens


Arnaldur Indridason

Volcanic Iceland is a natural locked room setting, and the violence of the ancient Icelandic sagas has found a new bleak home in Arnaldur Indridason's modern Scandinavian crime fiction. Find out why 7 of the 10 most borrowed titles in the Reykjavik City Library at one point were Indridason novels.

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Arnaldur Indridason, Jar CityArnaldur Indridason, Silence of the GraveArnaldur Indridason, VoicesArnaldur Indridason, The Draining LakeArnaldur Indridason, Arctic ChillArnaldur Indridason, Hypothermia


Lars Kepler

The Hypnotist was an instant triumph for Lars Kepler back home in Sweden. But who was he? There were no pictures published. No previous track record. Rumors started swirling. Were the stories in British media true, was the man behind The Hypnotist actually Henning Mankell? Find out here.

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Lars Kepler, The HypnotistLars Kepler, The Nightmare


Stieg Larsson

Currently the brightest star among the writers of Scandinavian crime fiction, topping best-seller lists throughout Europe. His debut The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has already made a significant impact in the US as well. There are two more novels in Stieg Larssson's Millennium series. But then there will be no more crime fiction written by Stieg Larsson. Ever. Find out why here.

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Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon TattooStieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With FireStieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestBarry Forshaw, The Man Who Left Too Soon


Åsa Larsson

The setting in Åsa Larsson's crime fiction is northernmost Sweden, where the lawyer Rebecka Martinsson finds herself forced to deal with violent crimes, as well as her own unnerving demons from the past. A James Bond girl portrayed Rebecka in the first movie based on a Åsa Larson novel. Read more here.

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Åsa Larsson, Sun StormÅsa Larsson, The Black PathÅsa Larsson, The Blood Spilt


Camilla Läckberg

Camilla Läckberg’s crime novels are set in Fjällbacka, the small Swedish town where she grew up. Some of Fjällbacka's real life inhabitants have even made it into Läckberg's fictional world. And although Camilla is consistently killing off Fjällbacka’s already small population, she is still very popular among the ones not dead. Find out why here.

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Camilla Lackberg, The Ice PrincessCamilla Lackberg, The PreacherCamilla Lackberg, The Stone Cutter


Henning Mankell

Swedish Henning Mankell is arguably the most influential writer of Scandinavian crime fiction the last 15 years. Although several Scandinavian crime writers now challenge his position, Henning Mankell’s huge following still consider him the master. Find out why here.

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Henning Mankell, Faceless KillersHenning Mankell, The Dogs of RigaHenning Mankell, The White LionessHenning Mankell, The Man Who SmiledHenning Mankell, SidetrackedHenning Mankell, The Fifth WomanHenning Mankell, One Step BehindHenning Mankell, FirewallHenning Mankell, Before the FrostHenning Mankell, The Troubled Man
Henning Mankell, The Return of the Dancing MasterHenning Mankell, Kennedy's BrainHenning Mankell, The Man From Beijing


Jo Nesbø

At daytime Jo Nesbo had a very well-paid job as a financial analyst, at night time he was a singer of a successful rock band. But Jo Nesbo decided to take 6 months off, traveled to Australia and came back with a manuscript. A few months later he was a renowned and bestselling author.  Find out why here.

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Jo Nesbo, The RedbreastJo Nesbo, NemesisJo Nesbo, The Devil's StarJo Nesbo, The RedeemerJo Nesbo, The SnowmanJo Nesbo, The Leopard


Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser's central character is Van Veeteren, a somewhat cynical inspector whose main area of expertise is the psychological aspects of crimes. When the Van Veeteren series starts has only one unsolved crime on his resume, the case "G". Read more about Nesser and Van Veeteren here.

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Håkan Nesser, The Mind's EyeHåkan Nesser, Borkmann's PointHåkan Nesser, The Return


Sjöwall-Wahlöö

Without doubt the husband and wife team Sjöwall-Wahlöö are the founders of modern Scandinavian crime fiction. Their masterful plots, fast moving story telling, and sly humor have been praised by critics and readers around the world. But in what way did Sjöwall-Wahlöö change the crime fiction genre? Find out here.

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Sjowall-Wahloo, RoseannaSjowall-Wahloo, The Man Who Went Up in SmokeSjowall-Wahloo, The Man on the BalconySjowall-Wahloo, The Laughing PolicemanSjowall-Wahloo, The Fire Engine That DisappearedSjowall-Wahloo, Murder at the SavoySjowall-Wahloo, The Abominable ManSjowall-Wahloo, The Locked RoomSjowall-Wahloo, Cop KillerSjowall-Wahloo, The Terrorists

Johan Theorin

Even if Johan Theorin has only published two books so far, he is already one of the most awarded Scandinavian crime fiction writers. Find out why here.

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Johan Theorin, The Darkest RoomJohan Theorin, Echoes from the Dead


Helene Tursten

Rheumatism forced Helene Tursten to give up her job as a dentist at the age of forty. The loss of a professional identity threw her into a personal crisis. She turned to writing, and is now compared to P.D. James. More on Tursten here.

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Helene Tursten, Detective Inspector Huss Helene Tursten, The TorsoHelene Tursten, The Glass Devil