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View Poll Results: Who's the best living Nordic crime writer?
Jussi Adler-Olsen 2 7.14%
Karin Alvtegen 0 0%
Camilla Ceder 0 0%
Karin Fossum 0 0%
Anne Holt 1 3.57%
Arnaldur Indri­ason 2 7.14%
Mari Jungstedt 0 0%
Lars Kepler 1 3.57%
Camilla Lńckberg 0 0%
Jens Lapidus 1 3.57%
┼sa Larsson 2 7.14%
Henning Mankell 11 39.29%
Liza Marklund 0 0%
Leif G. W. Persson 0 0%
Anders Roslund & B÷rge Hellstr÷m 0 0%
Yrsa Sigur­ardˇttir 2 7.14%
Helene Tursten 0 0%
Another writer 3 10.71%
Jo Nesb° 3 10.71%
Hňkan Nesser 0 0%
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:40 AM   #16
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The Scandinavian Crime Fiction blog http://scandinaviancrimefiction.wordpress.com/ might be of interest.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #17
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A good author not mentioned in the poll is the Swede Johan Theorin http://www.amazon.com/Johan-Theorin/...5969610&sr=8-1
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:10 PM   #18
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Voted for Henning Mankell.

His Wallander series is fantastic, and the BBC films are very good too. I enjoy that they're set in Sweden, with Swedish-language props and background audio, but that the actors speak English. I think of it like the universal translator from Star Trek: Kenneth Branagh and colleagues are technically speaking Swedish, but my ears hear it in English.

But back to the Wallander books. So far I've read six of the 10 Wallander novels, and have never been let down. My favourite is probably Sidetracked, but I also really enjoyed The Troubled Man. Although it should be noted that The Troubled Man is the last in the series, and one should probably wait and read that one last. I didn't and kind of regret it.
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Voted for Henning Mankell.

His Wallander series is fantastic, and the BBC films are very good too. I enjoy that they're set in Sweden, with Swedish-language props and background audio, but that the actors speak English.
The BBC also show the (subtitled) Swedish TV versions, which are excellent.
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The BBC also show the (subtitled) Swedish TV versions, which are excellent.
Yes - I think I've said this before, but I'm afraid I found the Branagh version a bit to much about K.B. and acting, than the Wallender character - much prefer the super subtitled Swedish ones.

And, of course, brought a welcome breath of fresh air into the schedules.
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The Scandinavian Crime Fiction blog http://scandinaviancrimefiction.wordpress.com/ might be of interest.
Fascinating - must find time to learn more.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:36 AM   #22
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They also have a companion website organized by country and author with reviews. http://barbarafister.com/scandcrime.html
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They also have a companion website organized by country and author with reviews. http://barbarafister.com/scandcrime.html
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So many authors ... so many books ....

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Have to admit that, on the whole, I find Nordic crime fiction too "dark and depressing" to be an enjoyable read.
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Have to admit that, on the whole, I find Nordic crime fiction too "dark and depressing" to be an enjoyable read.
I agree on this. There are quite a few of the "big names" I very rarely read. They are good and well written, but most of the time I need my reading to be not quite so dark.
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Have to admit that, on the whole, I find Nordic crime fiction too "dark and depressing" to be an enjoyable read.
I find them deliciously dark ... haunting - especially if the translator is equally fluent in English -
but overall I appreciate the clean, uncluttered prose style of most Scandinavian mysteries - the ecological bleakness/whiteness/cold reflected in the prose and the story lines.
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Voted for Mankell since I live not too far from Ystad and sort of recognize all the settings, but to be honest I think the supreme writer is Peter H°egh.
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I thought someone posted a site dedicated to Nordic crime writing - anyone got a link/details please ?
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