Top Swedish Crime authors to get your Scandi fix
To celebrate the publication of Mattias Berg's The Carrier, we take a look at some of the best Scandi crime fiction.
Posted on April 29, 2019 in Best of
The Scandinavians have given us some wonderful things, not limited to meatballs, practical and affordable furniture and, of course ABBA. However, one of Scandinavia’s greatest exports is their abundance of great crime authors. Here’s our list of latest Swedish crime books for you to get hooked on…
1. The Carrier – Mattias Berg
Erasmus Levine has a job like no other. He travels with the President of the United States at all times, and holds in his hands the power to obliterate life as we know it. He is the man with the nuclear briefcase, part of a crack team of top-secret operatives established after 9/11, led by a man codenamed Edelweiss. But not even Edelweiss is party to the identity of their ultimate authority, known only as Alpha.
However, for years Erasmus has been receiving cryptic messages from Alpha, an elaborate communication that began with the words we two against the world. Levine begins thinking of escape: his chance comes during an official visit to Sweden, when the alarm sounds in Stockholm’s Grand Hotel. But Alpha has other plans…
From their first meeting in a network of tunnels and bunkers beneath the city, Levine is drawn into a plan to eliminate the world’s nuclear arsenals. But is controlled demolition really the endgame? Could he be working towards a controlled apocalypse, a doomsday plot to wipe humanity from the face of the earth?
The Carrier is out May 23rd, pre-order your copy here!
2. The Girl Who Lived Twice – David Lagercrantz
The girl with the dragon tattoo is finally ready to confront her nemesis, the only woman who is evidently and in may ways her match. Salander will not be hunted. When she strikes it will be a double blow: vengeance for recent atrocities, and the settling of lifelong scores.
For months now Salander has been closing in on her target. She has moved from Stockholm, her hair is newly styled, her piercings are gone. She could pass for any other businesswoman. But not all businesswomen have a Beretta Cheetah beneath her jacket. They do not wield the lethal power of a hacker’s genius. They do not carry scars and tattoos to remind them that they have survived the survivable.
The Girl Who Lived Twice is the sixth instalment in David Largercrantz’s internationally acclaimed and bestselling continuation of Steig Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series – the crime fiction phenomenon featuring Lisbeth Salander.
The Girl Who Lived Twice will be available in hardback, e-book and audio on 22nd August. You can pre-order your copy now!
3. Three Minutes – Roslund and Hellström
One-time Swedish government agent Piet Hoffman is on the run from a life prison sentence he escaped: living under a false identity with his family in Calí, Columbia. When Hoffmann is offered employment by a Colombian drug mafia, and is simultaneously approached by the US DEA to infiltrate the same cartel, he says yes to both.
However, when America settles on Colombia as their enemy for their next War on Terror, the US government and the cartel are faced with the same problem. Piet Hoffman.
Hoffman is marked. Yet help will come from unlikely quarters: DCI Ewert Grens – the enemy who Hoffman once tricked – will now become the only ally he can trust.
Three Minutes is the standalone sequel to Roslund and Hellström’s Three Seconds. It’s available to buy now.
The novels that inspired Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders – the major TV series, which aired in the UK on More 4 in 2018.
Asa Larsson made her debut in 2003 with The Savage Altar, which was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers’ Association prize for best debut novel. Its sequel, The Blood Spilt, was chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004. This was followed by The Black Path and Until Thy Wrath be Past. Her most recent book in the series, The Second Deadly Sin was also chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel in 2011.
In The Second Deadly Sin, at the end of a deadly bear hunt across the wilderness of Northern Sweden, the successful hunters are shaken by a grisly discovery.
Across in Kurravaara, a woman is murdered with frenzied brutality: crude abuse scrawled above her bloodied bed, her young grandson nowhere to be found. Only Rebecka Martinsson sees a connection.
Dropped from the case thanks to a jealous rival, she now stands alone against a killer who brings death to young and old, spawned by a horrifying crime that festers after one hundred years on ice.