Category Archives: Nordic Noir

Arctic Mysteries Run Deep: “Under the Snow” by Kerstin Ekman

Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman, trans. Joan Tate, Picador, 1999. (First published in Swedish in 1961) Kerstin Ekman’s Under the Snow stretches the police procedural  genre–or rather, freezes it–to fit its setting: a tiny Sami village on the Arctic … Continue reading

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Review: “The Laughing Policeman” by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, trans. Alan Blair, Random House, 1970. My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Martin Beck series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö changed the scope of detective fiction in Sweden, adding … Continue reading

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Nordic Noir and life at the extremes

“Who will see us? Who can search out our crimes?”–Psalm 64: 6-7 Why so much crime fiction? Detective fiction and police procedurals have emerged as the most characteristic genre writing in Northern countries, enough to have acquired the name, “Nordic … Continue reading

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