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The Caveman

Written by Jorn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce — It’s Christmas time and the Norwegian coastal town of Larvik is covered in a blanket of snow. A few doors down from where Chief Inspector William Wisting lives, Viggo Hansen is found dead in his home. He’s been there for…
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CIS: A guide to the Martin Beck series

Between 1965 and 75, the husband and wife team of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (above) wrote a series of 10 police procedurals set in Stockholm, all carrying the subtitle ‘The Story of a Crime’. Their work was distinct from other crime fiction at the…
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To the Top of the Mountain

Written by Arne Dahl, translated by Alice Menzies — Crime readers have to get used to time lags in English translations, but you suspect some devoted fans of Arne Dahl have decided to learn Swedish rather than wait for the UK publisher to catch up….
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The Flatey Enigma

Jeremy Megraw has chosen The Flatey Enigma as his top book choice of 2013. “A mesmerising, ambient mystery with a strange beauty to it,” he says. A body is found in a remote coastal village near the Icelandic town of Flatey, and Kjartan- a minor…
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The Healer

Tapani Lehtinen’s wife Johanna goes missing from their Helsinki home. But this isn’t the current safe and sophisticated Finnish capital of today – it’s a dysfunctional hell-hole, ravaged by the effects of climate change and social disintegration. This futuristic novel charts Tapani’s efforts to find…
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The Hanging

Written by Søren and Lotte Hammer — Konrad Simonsen, lead detective in Copenhagen’s Murder Squad, is recalled from his long overdue holiday with his daughter after two children discover the corpses of five men hanging from the ceiling of their school gymnasium. They have been…
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Bad Blood

Written by Arne Dahl — Last summer, Harvill Secker released The Blinded Man, the first in Swedish author Arne Dahl’s Intercrime series which is being translated into English. TV adaptations of the books have since appeared on BBC4 in Swedish, with subtitles, via the well-received series…
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Black Skies

Written by Arnaldur Indridason — If you’ve read Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo or Henning Mankell and want to deepen your experience of the Nordic Noir sub-genre, then Arnaldur Indridason’s books need to be added to your TBR list. First published in English in 2004, Jar…
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