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Nordic Noir: Crime Novels Set in Scandinavia (Summer Reading Challenge 2019)

  • Details about Hunting Game

    Hunting Game

    Helene Tursten

    "The first installment in Helene Tursten's brand new series featuring the strong, smart Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom. From a young age, 28-year-old Embla Nystrom has been plagued by chronic nightmares and racing thoughts. Though she still develops unhealthy fixations and makes rash decisions from time to time, she has learned to channel most of her anxious energy into her position as Detective Inspector in the mobile unit in Gothenburg, Sweden, and into sports. A talented hunter and prize-w……more

  • Details about After She's Gone

    After She's Gone

    Camilla Grebe

    "Out of the frozen depths of a forest in Omberg, Sweden, a woman stumbles onto the road. Her arms are covered with scratches, her feet are bare, and she has no memory of what has happened. Local police identify her as psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schoen who, together with her partner, had been helping them investigate a cold case of a young woman's murder. Hanne begins to recover, but cannot recall anything about where her partner is, or what their investigation had uncovered before he……more

  • Details about The Legacy

    The Legacy

    Yrsa Sigurdardottir

    The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar. The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people.…more

  • Details about The Sandman

    The Sandman

    Lars Kepler

    Abstract:  "Late one night, outside Stockholm, an emaciated young man named Mikael is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, currently serving a life sentence in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspec……more

  • Details about The Snowman

    The Snowman

    Jo Nesbo

    Abstract:  "In Oslo, after the first snow of the season has fallen, a woman disappears, and a sinister snowman is left in her wake. As irascible detective Harry Hole realizes that this is only one of multiple disappearances, he begins to think a serial killer may be at work--and may be drawing in Hole personally and intentionally"-- Provided by publisher.  …more

  • Details about Quicksand

    Quicksand

    Malin Persson Giolito

    Named the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers Academy A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm's wealthiest suburb. Eighteen-year-old Maja Norberg is charged for her involvement in the massacre that left her boyfriend and her best friend dead. She has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. How did Maja--popular, privileged, and a top student--become a cold-blooded killer in the eyes of th……more

  • Details about The Wolf and the Watchman

    The Wolf and the Watchman

    Niklas Natt och Dag

    “For Stieg Larsson fans, a new voice...a stunning debut....Like Umberto Eco’s novel [The Name of the Rose, this] is a cerebral, immersive page-turner [with] a moral heft reminiscent of works by Graham Greene....Plenty of twists to satisfy thrill-starved readers.” —The Washington Post “What's better than an ornate period piece with style to spare? One that includes a murder mystery. Oh, and boy is it a riveting mystery....A bit of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume……more