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November 23, 2012 10:32 AM   Subscribe

Who are some other enjoyable Scandinavian noir authors?

I've read Jo Nesbo, I've read Lars Kepler, I've read (of course) Stieg Larsson. I'm currently reading Jussi Adler-Olsen, and have Henning Mankell in the on-deck circle. Are there any other noteworthy authors working in the loose genre I'm calling "Scandinavian Noir"? I'm looking for english translations, which restricts things somewhat.

posted by joelhunt to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
The answer to this question is the Martin Beck novels by Sjöwall and Wahlöö.

(I grudgingly accept there may be other answers too.)
posted by oliverburkeman at 10:35 AM on November 23, 2012 [4 favorites]

Hakan Nesser is pretty good, but S&W kick all kinds of ass.
posted by ambient2 at 10:50 AM on November 23, 2012

Good question, I am going to look up the Martin Beck suggestion and leave one of my own:

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg.
posted by recess at 10:57 AM on November 23, 2012 [1 favorite]

It might be worth browsing through the authors on the Glass Key Award list.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:04 AM on November 23, 2012 [1 favorite]

Camilla Lackberg. Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Åke Edwardson. Argh there's one more I want to suggest but I can't think of his name.
posted by lyssabee at 11:07 AM on November 23, 2012

Here's the list of top thrillers and criminal novels at a major Swedish book seller. See if anything takes your fancy! You might need to google a little more on each of those.

There's also lists on wiki of, for example, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish detective authors.
posted by Iteki at 12:31 PM on November 23, 2012

Helene Tursten (Swedish) is great, as is Arnaldur Indridason (Icelandic). (The sixth letter in the latter's patronym is actually thorn, not d, but I am on the iPad.)
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:18 PM on November 23, 2012

How about Iceland? Arnaldur Indriðason's novels about Reykjavik police detective Erlendur are pretty good. An interview with the author.
posted by Snerd at 1:20 PM on November 23, 2012

Ooh yes Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Arnaldur Indridason and Jo Nesbo. I've just started Asa Larsson and I'm enjoying her too!
posted by t0astie at 2:09 PM on November 23, 2012

All of the above, plus Karin Fossum. Check out the Scandinavian crime fiction group on Goodreads for more.
posted by matildaben at 2:30 PM on November 23, 2012

My dad is really into Henning Mankell. I think his novels definitely fit what you are looking for. Some have even been made into Masterpiece Theatre shows. (Check out The Dogs of Riga)
posted by catatethebird at 9:54 AM on November 24, 2012

If BBC radio links work for you where you are, you might also enjoy this series
posted by unless I'm very much mistaken at 1:21 PM on November 24, 2012

Thanks! You guys are awesome.
posted by joelhunt at 8:34 AM on November 26, 2012

Be sure to catch the BBC interpretation of Mankel -"Wallander" with Kenneth Branaugh. It's great..
posted by scblackman at 6:42 AM on September 6, 2013

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