Scandinavian Crime Fiction

scandi 3This post is not a post putting down authors like Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell, it’s a post about how every Tom, Dick and Sven born in a Scandinavian country now gets a book deal immediately because of where they’re from and what they write about.  I enjoyed books like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and Faceless Killers and Firewall, but I’m tired of seeing Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and even Icelandic wannabes putting out crap fiction and people buying it because it’s “Scandi Crime,” or “Nordic Noir!”

All of them have a series that focuses on some detective or another and how they solve their crimes.  The books are very matter-of-fact, and written in plain language (which is good), and mainly devoid of metaphor and hidden meaning (which you know I absolutely hate).  But the writing is, for the most part, dry and unexciting.  Many of them are easy to figure out, and the plot points aren’t too amazing.  Larsson, Mankell and Jo Nesbo aside, these Scandi Crime writers are just….well….too Nordic.   They’re a little boring, not too elaborate and write about the same crap over and over again.

scandi 1scandi 2It’s a shame that Larsson is dead, and Mankell is getting up there in years because the new crop of Scandinavian crime writers just doesn’t match up.  Authors like Arnaldur Indrioasan (Iceland) and Gunnar Staalesen (Norway) just can’t cut it.  People need to stop buying novels because of where they are from, and begin to buy them because  of what they are about.  Then, and only then, will the mediocre Scandinavian writers get the hint, and we’ll see the cream rise to the top!





  1. Reblogged this on Nordic Noir and commented:
    The last four Scandinavian books I have read have comprised of one terrible, one average, one good and one excellent…I can accept that…in every genre there are great talents and not so great….what do people think of this blog post from Michaelinmadrid?

  2. People buy books to read for their satisfaction not yours.I hated the steig Larson books so what.others loved them I respect that. What about the ghastly top American authors.whole supermarket aisle for Patterson.That really must encourage new anthers.

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