Friday, March 13, 2009

Top 10 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 Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser

Nesser sets his stories in a fictional country that's not quite Sweden, but the people in them are very, very real. He used to be a school teacher before becoming a writer, and it shows in the meticulous way he handles his texts. But yet his writing never feels cold or static – there's heart in everything he writes and you find yourself understanding and sympathising with some real villains.
Read about all ten books on Läckberg's list.

--Marshal Zeringue