Archive for the ‘Swedish Crime Writer’ Category
This is a compact sonata of a novel, composed in four “movements.” The title of the last, “Winter Solstice,” might have been a better title for the whole book, set mainly on a small frozen island off the coast of Sweden. It is certainly an appropriate image: the solstice is the darkest part of the year; after it, the days will get longer, but it will still be winter for a long time. This is a book about resurrection, thaw, the slow flowering of the frozen spirit, but it promises few miracles, and even at the end there are setbacks and reversals — a feeling Nordic people must know well in their long wait for Spring.
Swedenâ€™s youngest ever chief inspector, at thirty-seven years old, cuts his vacation short when one of his team â€“ a black, Swedish-born woman â€“ has her jaw broken at the annual Gothenburg party, an outdoor late-summer festival at which nativist thugs get drunk and run amok, often in motorcycle gangs.
Henning Mankell’s THE MAN FROM BEIJING, ably translated by Laurie Thompson, opens in January 2006. It is eerily quiet in the northern Swedish hamlet of HesjÃ¶vallen. No smoke rises from the chimneys and not a soul stirs. A photographer studying deserted villages in Sweden arrives and knocks on doors, but no one answers. Fearing that something is wrong, he breaks into one of the houses…
Off the east coast of Sweden, on the Baltic sea, is the island of Oland, historically populated by fishermen and farmers. Swedish author Johan Theorin knows the area well, and he has used its cold, forbidding terrain as well as rich legends to great effect in both of his mystery novels so far.
In HÃ¥kan Nesser’s MIND’S EYE, a high school teacher named Janek Mitter finds his wife of three months, Eva Maria Ringmar, drowned in their bathtub. When Mitter is accused of murdering her, he has no alibi.