Nordic Noir

shelved under Fiction and Mystery

A list titled "Nordic Noir" clearly needs no introduction.


Blackwater (Swedish)

by Kerstin Ekman, translated by Joan Tate

This densely plotted story is set in Northern Sweden right by the Norwegian border. The story centers on two murdered campers and the woman who discovered their bodies. This book is loaded with psychological nuance and a great sense of place.


Borkmann's Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery (Swedish Series)

by Hakan Nesser

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren cuts short his vacation to help a police chief in a remote town investigate not one, not two, but three axe murders. Combine this with a disappearing police investigator and Van Veeteren really has his hands full. This book won the Swedish Crime Writer's Academy Prize for Best Novel in 1994.


Butterfly Effect (Norwegian)

by Pernille Rygg

A young female scientist tries to make sense of the death of her detective father. While she is cleaning out her father's office she finds a butterfly pendant and an address of a young woman who had been murdered. The reader will really get a feel of the city of Oslo in this tense tale.


Faceless Killers (first in a Swedish series)

by Henning Mankell

One of the Kurt Wallander mysteries. Anti-foreigner prejudies in Sweden figure prominently in this compelling mystery.


Roseanna (first in a Swedish series)

by Per Wahloo, Maj Sjowall

This is the first in the wonderful Martin Beck series. A young woman's body is found in a Swedish lake and Beck not only tries to solve the murder, but also find out the identity of the woman.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish)

by Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland

Shari says:

Amazing book. The complexity of the characters and the story are astounding. I can hardly wait to read books 2 and 3.

This book also appears on What New Yorkers Read on the Subway


Ice Moon (Finnish)

by Jan Costin Wagner, translated by John Brownjohn

Finland is the setting for this tautly-written psychological thriller.


Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller (Icelandic series)

by Arnaldur Indridason, translated by Bernard Scudder

Excellent Icelandic police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson. An elderly man is murdered and the only obvious clue is a three-word note left on the body. Wonderful read and the reader learns quite a bit about Iceland as well.


The Princess of Burundi (Swedish series)

by Kjell Eriksson, translated by Ebba Segerberg

The mutilated body of cichlids tropical fish expert John Harold Jonsson is found in the snow. Homicide detectives Ann Lindell and Ola Haver try and solve the case. This police procedural reads like a very well-written psychological thriller.