Multcolib My Librarian Karen E: Mysteries from the land of the midnight sun
Annotation:Henning Mankell is the old man of Swedish mysteries. Here's the first in the series, starring Inspector Kurt Wallander. It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck.
Annotation:Yes indeed, Kenneth Branagh makes a great Wallander! Three new crime dramas based on the best selling books by Henning Mankell - Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind follow Inspector Kurt Wallander, a disillusioned everyman, as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in southern Sweden.
Annotation:This is the first book in the Harry Hole series but it was published in English after several of the later books in the series. Here's where it all began for Harry Hole. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth.
Annotation:This is a story moving from the final months of World War II to the present, and from the Russian front to contemporary South Africa, following the dual adventures of a freedom-seeking war martyr and Harry Hole, an alcoholic police officer who is nearly as depressed and grim as Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. If you don't mind gruesome, then read on further in the Harry Hole series; if you don't want serious violence with your mysteries, stop reading after this one!
Annotation:From the frigid land of Iceland comes the first in a series starring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson. When a lonely old man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Inspector Erlendur, who heads the investigation team, discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, though not convicted, of an unsolved crime. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him? (Goodreads)
Annotation:On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people. With its authentically rendered settings and vividly realized characters, and its command over the intricately woven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.
Annotation:After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.
Annotation:Internationally renowned author Kjell Ola Dahl has attained cult status in his home country of Norway with his sharp, riveting bestsellers. In the course of a routine police raid, Detective Inspector Frank Frølich of the Oslo Police saves Elizabeth Faremo from getting inadvertently caught in the crossfire. Some weeks later, Frølich coincidentally runs into her again--but their ensuing affair is no accident. The Fourth Man is a sexy, fast-paced psychological thriller that puts a modern twist on the classic noir story of the femme fatale.
Annotation:The book that started the whole Scandinavian mystery craze and totally worth reading it! Larsson's gripping debut thriller about the decades-old disappearance of a teenage heiress exposes the darkness beneath Sweden's sunny blond veneer and introduces us to the memorable Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed, antisocial computer hacker and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
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It must be those long, dark nights in Scandinavia that breeds dark, sometimes quite disturbing mysteries. Here's a selection of some of my favorites.