Things That Go Bump in the North

A Look at Scandinavian Noir Fiction

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.

DENMARK
Jussi Adler-Olsen
Sara Blaedel
Soren and Lotte Hammer
Peter Hoeg
Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Soren Sveistrup

FINLAND
Kati Hiekkapelto
Leena Lehtolainen
Antti Tuomainen

ICELAND
Viktor Ingolfsson
Arnaldur Indridason
Ragnar Jonasson
Yrsa Sigurdardottir

NORWAY
Samuel Bjork
Thomas Enger
Karin Fossum
Anne Holt
Jorn Lier Horst
Jo Nesbo
Pernille Rygg
Gunnar Staalesen

SWEDEN
Karin Alvtegen
Arne Dahl
M.T. Edvardsson
Kerstin Ekman
Kjell Eriksson
Camilla Grebe
Lars Kepler
Jens Lapidus
Stieg Larsson
Henning Mankell
Hakan Nesser
Roslund & Hellstrom
Emelie Schepp
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
Johan Theorin
Helene Tursten

For further reading on Nordic Noirs, check this Bookpage article and this comprehensive Wikipedia entry.