Scandinavian crime fiction: Big, dynamic, growing.

The Scandinavian crime fiction literature has long traditions in each of the Scandinavian countries, but has for a long time been comparatively small internationally, with relatively few books translated into the major languages of the world. With Sjöwall and Wahlöö and their fabulous 10 crime novels that started to change (see also our videos on the history of Scandinavian crime fiction).

Following their success, writers like Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason, Peter Hoeg and Hakan Nesser became well known internationally.

Now, with the rise of the newest generation of Scandinavian crime fiction writers, with "super-stars" like Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø, Liza Marklund, Asa Larsson, Karin Alvtegen, Johan Theorin, Roslund Hellstrom, Camilla Läckberg and others, Scandinavian crime fiction and Swedish crime fiction receive lots of attention worldwide.

The authors whose pictures appear on the top of the page are but a few of the large and growing number of somewhat "less known" but very talented Scandinavian crime fiction writers that have been published in English so far.

Even though the number is increasing, only a small fraction of the crime fiction literatures of the Scandinavian countries has been translated and published. Especially in the English speaking nations the proportion is very small. We hope the internet and new publishing models will change that. As it is, English readers miss out on a lot of great entertainment!