Good news for fans of Steig Larsson’s (now David Lagercrantz’) Millennium/Lisbeth Salander series, Henning Mankell’s Wallander or Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole–there’s much more to explore in the Scandinavian (or Nordic) Noir genre!
Tina Jordan, Senior Editor for Entertainment Weekly, and New York Times crime columnist Marilyn Stasio recently collaborated on an overview of this ever-expanding genre which they describe as “thrillers with a few things in common — an almost dour sensibility, a belief that political issues are the bedrock of modern crime fiction.” Adding, “They often feature bleak, snowy settings and what seem to be rather morose police detectives.”
Below are the authors they cite (organized by country) with links to their listings in our catalog so that you can request a print or audio copy for contactless pick up or access the eBook and eAudiobook versions.
Soren and Lotte Hammer
Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Jorn Lier Horst
Roslund & Hellstrom
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
For further reading on Nordic Noirs, check this comprehensive Wikipedia entry.