Nordic thrills

Print edition : March 04, 2016

Maj Sjowall (above) and Per Wahloo wrote a series of 10 novels featuring a police detective called Inspector Martin Beck. Each book was a Marxist critique of Swedish society. Photo: Courtesy: Dr Jost Hindersman

The publication of Peter Hoeg's "Smilla's Sense of Snow" (1992) was an important milestone in Nordic noir.

Many of Karin Fossum's novels, including "The Indian Bride", describe how crime unravels a community in insidious ways.

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the movie version of "The Girl with the Dragaon Tattoo".

Nordic noir writers such as Henning Mankell (above), Hakan Nesser and Stieg Larsson who came of age during the 1960s were strongly influenced by the anti-Vietnam movement. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/AP

Kerstin Eckman's "Blackwater" deals with eco crime.

Camilla Lackberg's "Buried Angels" is one of several books of Nordic noir that deal with Sweden's enigmatic role in the Second World War.

Layers of history and culture and a tradition of social criticism add depth and literary heft to Nordic noir, a genre that is a happy hunting ground for those looking for more in crime fiction than just a crime and a bunch of suspects.
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