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Nordic Thrillers Bibliography

This material is from the Reading Circle's presentation at a lodge meeting on October 21, 2011.

Nordic Authors

Author Nationality Titles
Adler-Olsen, Jussi Danish The Keeper of Lost Causes
Dahl, K.O. Norwegian See below for complete list
Enger, Thomas Norwegian Burned
Eriksson, Kjell Swedish The Princess of Burundi, The Cruel Stars of the Night, The Demon of Dakar
Fossum, Karin
(Norway’s Queen of Crime)
Norwegian See below for complete list
Holt, Anne Norwegian What Never Happens, What is Mine?
Høeg, Peter Danish Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, The Quiet Girl, The Borderliners
Indridason, Arnaldur Icelandic Jar City, Voices, Silence of the Grave, The Draining Lake, Arctic Chill, Hypothermia
Jansson, Anna Swedish The Maria Wren Series
Joensuu, Matti Finnish Priest of Evil
Kepler, Lars Swedish The Hypnotist, The Paganini Contract
Larsson, Stieg Swedish Millennium Trilogy (see below for individual titles)
Läckberg, Camille Swedish The Ice Princess, The Stone Cutter, The Preacher
Mankell, Henning
(Sweden’s King of Crime)
Swedish The Kurt Wallander Series
Markland, Liza
(Sweden’s Queen of Crime)
Swedish The Bomber, Paradise
Nesbø, Jo Norwegian See below for complete list
Nesser, Håkan Swedish The Van Veeteren Series
Nykanen, Harri Finnish Raid and the Blacker Sheep (Raid series)
Sjöwall and Wahlöö Swedish The Martin Beck Series
Staalesen, Gunnar Norwegian The Varg Veum Series
Tursten, Helene Norwegian The Detective Inspector Huss Series

In addition to print editions, many of these titles are available as audiobooks and e-books.

Norwegian-American Authors

Author Title
Danziger, Carla Hidden Falls
Ernst, Kathleen Old World Murder
Page, Katherine Hall      The Body in the Fjord   

Featured Authors

These authors were featured at the October 2011 presentation.

Stieg Larsson

Presented by Tim Christenson.

Main characters: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008) – Original title: Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who Hate Women) (2005)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) – Original title: Flickan som lekte med elden (2006)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2010) – Original title: Luftslottet som sprängdes (The Air Castle That Was Blown Up) (2007)

Jo Nesbø

Presented by Marie Hansen.

Main character: Inspector Harry Hole

  • Flaggermusmannen (1997) - Not translated into English
  • Kakerlakkene (1998) - Not translated into English
  • The Redbreast (2006) - Original title: Rødstrupe (2000)
  • Nemesis (2008) – Original Title: Sorgenfri (2002)
  • The Devil’s Star (2005) – Original title: Marekors (2003)
  • The Redeemer (2009) - Original title: Frelseren (2005)
  • The Snowman (2010) – Original title: Snømannen (2007)
  • The Leopard (2011) – Original title: Panserhjerte (2009)

K.O. Dahl (Kjell Ola Dahl)

Presented by Lynn Juhl.

Main characters: Chief Inspector Gunnarstrande and Detective Frank Frolich

  • Lethal Investments (2011) – Original title: Dødens investeringer (1993)
  • The Last Fix (2009) - Original title: En liten gyllen ring (2000)
  • The Man in the Window (2008) - Original title: Mannen i vinduet (2001)
  • The Fourth Man (2007) – Original title: Den fjerde raneren (2005)

Karin Fossum

Presented by Christine Meloni.

Main characters: Inspectors Konrad Sejer and Jakob Skarre

  • Evas øye (1995) - Not translated into English
  • Don't Look Back (2002) - Original title: Se deg ikke tilbake! (1996)
  • He Who Fears the Wolf (2003) – Original title: Den som frykter ulven (1997)
  • When the Devil Holds the Candle (2004) – Original title: Djevelen holder lyset (1998)
  • Calling Out For You (English translation 2005); The Indian Bride (American translation, 2007) – Original title: Elskede Poona (2000)
  • Black Seconds (2007) – Original title: Svarte sekunde (2002)
  • The Murder of Harriet Krohn (not yet published in English) – Original title: Drapet på Harriet Krohn (2004)
  • The Water's Edge (2009) – Original title: Den som elsker noe annet (2007)
  • Bad Intentions (2010) Original title: Den onde viljen (2008)
  • The Caller (2011) – Original title: Varsleren (2009)

From Print to Screen

Films Available from Netflix

  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Stieg Larsson)
  • “The Girl Who Played with Fire” (Stieg Larsson)
  • “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (Stieg Larsson)
  • “The Girl by the Lake” – based on Don’t Look Back (Karin Fossum)
  • “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” (Peter Høeg)

Films Available in Europe

  • “Headhunters” (Jo Nesbø)
  • “The Snowman” (Jo Nesbø) – in production
  • “Winterland” (K.O. Dahl)
  • “Cry in the Woods” (Karin Fossum)
  • “Eva’s Eye” (Karin Fossum)

MhZnetworks: International Mysteries

Available in Washington, DC on:

  • Comcast: 271
  • Cox: 470
  • RCN: 30
  • Verizon FiOS: 451
  • Also available on DirectTV and Dish Satellite

Series Available on DVD from the MHz Shop

  • Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander Series - Episodes 1-13
  • Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum Series - Episodes 1-6
  • Helene Tursten’s Irene Huss Series - Episodes 1-6

Additional Resources