Maxim Jakubowski's International Crime

If you like crime writing then find out more about the best international crime writers as chosen by our resident crime expert Maxim Jakubowski

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Following the overwhelming success of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander novels, Nordic crime fiction is now all the rage. Both the Wallander novels by Henning Mankell and the Harry Hole investigations by Jo Nesbo are fast following in their footsteps in the bestseller lists, while a cohort of other Scandinavian mystery writers are all queuing at the gates.

 

Karin Fossum, Anne Holt (Norway), Arnaldur Indridason, Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Iceland), Asa Larsson, Ake Edwardson, Camilla Ceder, Mari Jungstedt, Johan Theorin, Hakan Nesser, Camilla Lackberg, Liza Marklund (Sweden), Leif Davidsen (Denmark) being the most prominent but still the tip of a mighty iceberg. However welcome this new-found interest in foreign culture and crime is, it should not obscure the fact that, outside Scandinavia, there also exists a wonderful flowering of crime fiction in other languages.

These are some of the other 'bloody foreigners' I would recommend you looking out for. None of them require a passport; just a taste for good plotting and mighty thrills.


Below is Maxim Jakubowski's list of International Crime authors. Click the author name to read his comment.
 
Hans Werner Kettenbach
Manuel Vazquez Montalban
Marco Vichi
Lars Kepler
Dominique Manotti
Mike Nicol

Roslund & Hellstrom

Andrea Camilleri

Michele Giuttari

Mehmet Murat Somer