Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Andrew K. Nestingen, Paula Arvas, eds. Scandinavian Crime Fiction. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011. 200 pp.

Stieg Larsson’s darkly violent but irresistibly absorbing and wildly popular crime novels have brought new attention to the work of Nordic crime writers, and Scandinavian Crime Fiction is the first English-language study of the genre as practiced in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Attending to the work of such popular authors as Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, and Anne Holt—as well as Larsson—Scandinavian Crime Fiction explores every aspect of crime writing in the region, from history to recurrent themes to the ways these books have been adapted for television. Many readers will be familiar with Mankell’s “Wallander” series and movies based on Staalesen novels, which are both popular on PBS.