Archive for the ‘Sweden’ Category


At the center of this Swedish espionage thriller is the death of an American journalist, John P. Krassner, circa 1988. Was it an accident, a suicide, or murder? The facts known at the opening is that first his body and then his boot falls from the 16th floor of a student dormitory. The boot struck and killed a Pomeranian named Charlie. Charlie’s owner, Vindel, is trying to recount the seconds between the body and the boot falling from the window. After this wry and arresting opening, the reader is plunged into a dense and plodding world of Swedish politics.

September 15, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Facing History, Sweden, Thriller/Spy/Caper, Translated, World Lit


THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRED ended with Mikael Blomkvist dialing for emergency help after he found a man with an axe in his head and fugitive-from-the-law Lisbeth Salander in extremely critical condition with a bullet lodged in hers. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST begins where FIRE left off, and soon both Lisbeth and the man, Alexander Zalachenko, aka Karl Axel Bodin, are being airlifted to Sahlgrenska hospital…

May 24, 2010 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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THE MAN FROM BEIJING by Henning Mankell

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 Hesjövallen. 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…

February 16, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: Mystery/Suspense, Sweden, Swedish Crime Writer, World Lit, y Award Winning Author

THE DARKEST ROOM by Johan Theorin

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.

November 7, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Mystery/Suspense, Sweden, Swedish Crime Writer, Translated, y Award Winning Author

BOX 21 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom

The grisly lives of innocent, sixteen- and seventeen-year-old Lithuanian girls, tricked into leaving their homeland on the promise of good jobs, unfold in tawdry detail as Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström focus on the sex trade in Sweden, its clientele, the financial syndicates which profit from it, the enforcers which protect it, and the police and others who allow it to flourish. Lydia Grajauskas, a “pro” with three years of experience by the age of twenty, like her friend Alena Sljusareva, serves twelve customers a day, earning almost no income except what she can negotiate with her customers for “extras.” Living in an apartment which a Russian with a diplomatic passport claims as “Lithuanian territory,” exempt from Swedish laws, Lydia can expect little help from the local police. Until she is beaten within an inch of her life.

October 16, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: Sleuths Series, Sweden, Translated


In THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, the second volume in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, publisher Mikael Blomkvist and the police are conducting parallel investigations into three horrifying murders — and their initial evidence points straight at young computer genius and social misfit Lisbeth Salander.

July 27, 2009 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
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