Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Crime Reads from Colder Climates

In from Sweden...
Stieg Larsson's novels haven't yet faded into memory; many are still reading the books or listening to/watching media versions of the author's Millennium Triology. Fans of the series are also asking, when the last page has been turned or the last frame fades to credits, "What are we going to do now?"

Well, good news! Because of Larsson's fantastic success, mainstream publishers have donned their earmuffs and mittens and gone-a-hunting into the wilds of Sweden and Denmark for more mysteries of merit.

What they found was the writing team of Anders Roslund (ex-journalist) and Borge Hellstrom (ex-criminal) who bring us two loosely connected mysteries featuring Det. Supt. Ewert Grens. Like Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, Grens never stops digging.

Try Three Seconds, about an infiltrator who has worked his way into the Polish mafia operating inside the Swedish prison system. Though this one has caught most of the buzz, don't forget Roslund/Hellstrom's earlier novel, Box 21.

Post by Phil Carr