Friday, March 13, 2009

Top ten Swedish crime novels

Camilla Läckberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics‚ before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. A course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career.

Her latest novel in English translation is The Preacher.

For the Guardian, she named a top ten list of Swedish crime novels.

Her preface:
Scandinavian crime fiction has become a great success all across the world and rightfully so. Sjöwall & Wahlöö ushered in a whole generation of Swedish crime writers, many of whom are now available in English. I think ours is a tradition that has much in common with English crime writing: there's a very similar care for setting, characters, and psychology.
One title on the list:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Fiction like nothing else, Larsson's books offer the unusual experience of serious, character-driven writing that also provides helter skelter action. Buckle up before you start reading!
Read about another book on Läckberg's list.

--Marshal Zeringue