Låt mig ta din hand(Let Me Take Your Hand)
by Tove Alsterdal, reviewed by Darcy Hurford
Lind & Co, 2015, 471 pages.
'Låt mig ta din hand has met with considerable acclaim in Sweden. Svenska Deckarakademin (the Swedish Crime Writing Academy) awarded it the prize for best Swedish crime novel on publication in 2014. It is also among the nominees for this year’s Glasnyckeln (Glass Key) prize for best Nordic crime novel, awarded in September. While it’s a crime novel, and a gripping one at that, its fascination lies in the fact that it is also much more.'
Gryning. Falsk. Gryning. Falsk.
by Lou Berg (Tiina Nevala and Henrik Karlsson), reviewed by James Walker
Piratförlaget, 2021, 329 pages.
'Gryning. Falsk. is a thriller with a difference and, for a fan of Swedish ‘noir’, an exciting and welcome departure from the usual crime novel format: there are almost no bodies or detectives! Instead, we enter a thrilling world where fine art and art forgery meet organised crime.'
Vattnet Drar(The Lure of Water)
by Madeleine Bäck, reviewed by Annie Prime
Natur och Kultur, 2016, 421 pages.
'The interwoven genres strike me as a very Swedish combination: dangerous sprites lurking in the water and woods, discontented youth getting drunk in a small town, and a sparky journalist trying to uncover the trail of a murder. Social realism, horror and fantasy are skilfully integrated to create a coherent and satisfying plot, meticulously timed and, above all, genuinely chilling.'
Slutet på sommaren (End of Summer)
by Anders de la Motte, reviewed by Ian Giles
'Slutet på sommaren is the first published standalone novel of former police officer Anders de la Motte. This time he brings us what we might call a suspense novel, although that didn’t stop it from being shortlisted for last year’s Best Swedish Crime Novel Award by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers.'
För han var redan dö(Out of the Game)
by Eva Frantz, reviewed by Catherine Venner
Schildts & Söderströms (Finland), 2020, Sekwa Förlag (Sweden), 418 pages.
'The characters are especially vivid and remained with me after finishing the book...This book would be well suited to fans of police procedurals with elements of noir. The backdrop of the rugged Finnish coast with its isolated islands also lends it an extra level of atmosphere.'
by Lars Kepler, reviewed by James Walker
Albert Bonniers förlag, 2014, 603 pages.
'Stalker is an absolutely riveting read. According to ‘Lars Kepler’, what makes a crime novel work is empathy, that is, the empathy the reader feels not only for the victims and the police but also for other characters. If emotional engagement makes a good crime novel, this is a great example.'
Aldrig mer (Never Again)
by Sara Larsson, reviewed by Catherine Venner
Norstedts, 2018, 430 pages.
'Sara Larsson’s second novel, Aldrig mer (Never Again), focuses on human trafficking and prostitution in the streets and apartments of Stockholm. Far from being a typical whodunnit, the novel explores the buying of sex – illegal in Sweden – from three very different angles.'
Svart sol (Black Sun)
by Andreas Norman, reviewed by Ian Giles
Albert Bonniers förlag, 2021, 409 pages.
'Svart sol is an excellent representative of this genre of reality-based thriller. There are no Bond-esque gadgets or mad villains – instead, there is an unnervingly real threat posed to everyday society and the good guys are left to combat it through desk-based analysis and old-fashioned legwork... Norman has always written well about what he knows, but I sense in Svart sol that he has really found his literary stride.'
En bror att dö för (The Sons)
by Anders Roslund & Stefan Thunberg, reviewed by Anna Holmwood
'The prose is taut and changes in narrative perspective and tempo make for an intricate psychological drama that crackles on every page. Indeed, it has more of the feel of an American hardboiled classic than the ice-cold narratives we now associate with the Nordic Noir wave. This book more than lives up to expectations. Highly recommended.'
Hemmet (The Home)
by Mats Strandberg, reviewed by Michael O Jones
Norstedts, 2017, 387 pages.
'Horror in a mental health facility can easily become a cliché, but Strandberg has successfully made Tallskuggan a cliché-free zone. This novel should appeal to readers of John Ajvide Lindqvist and Stephen King’s earlier work.'