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Scandinavian Crime: Dark, morally complex, direct Scandinavian Crime: Dark, morally complex, direct

In this special category celebrate the best of the blossoming crop of high quality crime writing coming from the Scandinavian countries.

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The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork
The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
May 2017 Book of the Month. A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale set in Norway. A young woman is found dead in woodland on the edge of Oslo Fjord, with her body...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
Wolves in the Dark
Gunnar Staalesen
A ferociously gripping read from a Norwegian writing legend. Private investigator Varg Veum is in serious trouble, child pornography is found on his computer, from prison he starts to pull all the pieces together in a quest to discover who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
Faithless
Kjell Ola Dahl
An assured, chilling, and intense piece of crime fiction set in Oslo. Detectives Frolich and Gunnarstranda investigate the murder of a woman who has been found scalded and wrapped in plastic, Gunnarstranda gets help from an unexpected source, while things...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson
Rupture
Ragnar Jonasson
An artful and intriguing story set in a remote Icelandic landscape. As a highly contagious fever forces his village into quarantine, Ari Thor begins to investigate an ice cold case. He enlists the help of reporter Isrun from ‘Blackout’...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2017
The Mine by Antti Tuomainen
The Mine
Antti Tuomainen
A startling, intense and clever tale of destructive, chilling corruption. 30 year old journalist Janne tells his own story after he is offered information about an environmental catastrophe, another similarly deadly tale is revealed at the same time, and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2016
The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto
The Exiled
Kati Hiekkapelto
A compelling, assured and gutsy crime thriller set in Serbia among the refugee crisis. Anna returns to the borders of Hungary and Serbia for a holiday, there she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous investigation with chilling links...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2016
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Some books are claustrophobic as they isolate their characters in a constricted setting, but Norwegian crime author Ravatn achieves the curious exploit of making a novel mostly set in the vast...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen
Where Roses Never Die
Gunnar Staalesen
A truly tenacious and back to basics Nordic crime novel featuring private investigator Varg Veum. Staalesen has been writing about Veum since 1977, however this is my first foray into the series, and found it could easily be read as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2016
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
Snowblind
Ragnar Jonasson
It sometimes feels as if everyone in Iceland is writing crime novels but the first appearance of Ragnar Jonasson in English translation (itself a fluid adaptation by British mystery writer Quentin Bates) is cause for celebration. Previously known as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2015
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir's savage darkness, think again. Graphic, violent and weaving a thread of evil with the dexterity of a malevolent spider, this Swedish trilogy by a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson
Nightblind
Ragnar Jonasson
Icelandic police officer Ari Thor returns to investigate a chilling series of crimes that are rooted in tragic events from the past.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson
Blackout
Ragnar Jonasson
This truly is a crime novel to tamper with your thoughts and send them skittering off in all directions. ‘Blackout’ takes place in June 2010, following on from ‘Snowblind’, the first in the ‘Dark Iceland’ series. A fascinating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2016
Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut both powerful and disturbing by a UK-based French author, set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2017
The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. Persson
The Dying Detective
Leif G. W. Persson
The inimitable style, distinct voice and dark humour of Leif GW Persson, along with the fascinating exploration of a long-cold murder case, serves to make The Dying Detective a true masterpiece of the genre.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Last Lullaby by Carin Gerhardsen
The Last Lullaby
Carin Gerhardsen
From the Swedish publisher of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy comes a sensational new crime writing talent - and one of the best new Scandinavian crime series since Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole. Inspector Conny Sjoberg and his police colleagues are perplexed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
The Final Word by Liza Marklund
The Final Word
Liza Marklund
With the stakes rising by the day, Annika Bengtzon is once again flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging at the back of her mind is her sister's mysterious absence. After a series of anxious text messages, she's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Second Deadly Sin A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation by Asa Larsson
The Second Deadly Sin A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation
Asa Larsson
An engrossing and poignant crime tale that is far more complex than just a murder story. Family inheritance, past history, strong believable characters and the wonderful scenic descriptions make for a great read. It is Swedish, dark, cold and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Fourth Victim by Mari Jungstedt
The Fourth Victim
Mari Jungstedt
An armed robbery is over in minutes, leaving a little girl on the road, hit by the getaway car. Desperate to find those responsible, the police track down one of the culprits. But he is dead, brutally murdered at a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
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Over the last decade there has been huge growth in the popularity of translated crime novels from the Scandinavian countries. They’ve led to an explosion in the popularity film and TV from these countries and together they are referred to as Nordic noir or Scandi crime.

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