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Nordic Crime and Mystery

Cold Nights, Cold Hearts: Nordic Noir

The Scarred Woman: a Department Q novel
Jussi Adler-Olsen
Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

Her Father’s Secret
Sara Blӕdel
A woman's murder is only the beginning as a daughter races to unravel the maze of secrets her father left behind--before she becomes the next victim.

The Dinosaur Feather
Sissel-Jo Gazan
University of Copenhagen Professor Lars Helland has built an international reputation with his research on the evolution of birds from dinosaurs. When he is found dead in his office, an autopsy shows that he has been murdered in an ingenious, hideous way. 

The Hanging: a Thriller
Lotte Hammer
Two children arrive at school early and discover five nude male bodies hanging in the gymnasium. Homicide Detective Konrad Simonsen and his team know instantly that the mutilated corpses will be difficult to identify.

The Killing
David Hewson
Layered with political intrigue, this novelization of a hit Scandinavian TV series is a tense crime novel featuring criminal investigator Sarah Lund. As Lund is about to transfer jobs and move from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, she is called in to look into the death of a young woman.

The Elephant Keepers’ Children
Peter Høeg
The Elephant Keepers' Children is about three siblings and how they deal with life alongside their devout and eccentric parents. When their parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst--has their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger?

Steffen Jacobsen
On a warm autumn afternoon, Tivoli Gardens - Denmark's largest amusement park - is devastated by a terrorist attack. 1,241 people are killed. The unknown bomber is blown to bits; the security forces have no leads.

Death of a Nightengale
Lene Kaaberbøl
Protecting the young daughter of an illegal immigrant who has escaped police custody in the aftermath of a brutal murder, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg struggles with a belief in the woman's innocence as she learns more about her violent past.


Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekbäck
After emigrating from Finland to Swedish Lapland, Maija and her family settled down in a rich and beautiful country dominated by the ominous mountain Blackasen. Out herding goats, Maija's daughters find the body of one of their neighbors, the death is dismissed as a wolf attack but Maija gradually uncovers a history of tragedies and betrayals.


Reykjavic Nights
Arnaldur Indriðason
When a homeless man he met regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch, no one seems to care. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of the city.

Someone to Watch over Me
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
A young man with Down's syndrome has been convicted of burning down his assisted living facility and killing five people. Icelandic lawyer Thora is hired to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of a young woman, killed in what was supposed to be a hit-and-run?


The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjørk
Six months after they have been reunited in Oslo, Norwegian detective Holger Munch's team is called in when a teenage girl is found dead in the woods starved, naked, and surrounded by trappings of the occult. 

The Fifth Element
Jørgen Brekke
Police Inspector Odd Singsaker has been captured, imprisoned on an island off the Northern coast of Norway. He wakes to find himself holding a shotgun. Next to him is a corpse. But what events led him to this point? And how did he get here?

The Ice Swimmer
Kjell Ola Dahl
When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand's stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway's security services might be involved in the murder.

Burned: a Novel
Thomas Enger
Two years ago, Henning Juul's six-year-old son died in a house fire, and Henning himself barely survived. Only now returning to work as an investigative reporter in Oslo, Henning is supposed to take it easy, but when a young woman is found buried up to her neck in a hole on the grounds of a university, apparently stoned to death, he can't leave the story alone.

The Whisperer
Karin Fossum
In this tense and twisty latest from Norway's maven of crime, time shifts between Inspector Sejer's interrogation of the accused Ragna Reigel and the shocking events that led up to her arrest. How did this lonely, quiet woman come to kill a man--or did she? 

In Dust and Ashes
Anne Holt
Retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen and Det. Henrik Holme have successfully collaborated on a number of cold cases in the past, proving to be a winning duo despite their sometimes quirky personalities. During a lull in their assigned caseload, they find themselves unofficially exploring two intriguing cases. 

Closed for Winter
Jørn Lier Horst
A series of grisly murders sends Police Inspector William Wisting on a dangerous journey into the European criminal underworld.

Jo Nesbø
Inspector Harry Hole's 12th case is his most grueling to date. And considering his history on and off the Oslo Police, that's quite a claim. Back on the bottle since his wife Rakel threw him out, Harry wakes up one morning with no idea how he's spent the last two days. Even before he can sober up, he's hit by a tornado: Rakel has been murdered, and Harry's colleagues can't rule him out as her killer.

Forty Days Without Shadow: an Artic Thriller
Olivier Truc
A precious artifact is stolen: an ancient Sami drum. The most important piece in the museum's collection, it was due to go on tour with a UN exhibition in a few short weeks. Hours later, a man is murdered. Mattis, one of the last Sami reindeer herders, is found dead in his gumpy. Are the two crimes connected?


Room No. 10
Åke Edwardson
A disappearance and a murder nearly 20 years apart trouble the sleep of Gothenburg's Chief Inspector Erik Winter. There's something familiar about the Hotel Revy and desk clerk Richard Salko and room number 10, where Paula Ney has been found hanged.

Stone Coffin: a Mystery
Kjell Eriksson
A young mother and her six-year-old daughter have been run down on a leafy road in Uppsala, Sweden. Ann Lindell and her police colleagues quickly conclude that the victims' husband and father is the prime suspect; he has disappeared. But he turns up dead, too, an apparent suicide. Soon the body count rises to five.

Mons Kallentoft
Zack Herry is a highly regarded young member of the Stockholm special crimes unit. He also spends his off-hours in clubs doing drugs and partying with people he should arrest. This double life threatens to fall apart during the investigation of the vicious murder and mutilation of four Thai women. 

After the Monsoon: an Ernst Grip Novel
Robert Karjel
In the terrorist- and pirate-infested world of the Horn of Africa, Swedish security agent Ernst Grip can count on only his own shrewdness to survive when he must investigate the suspicious death of a Swedish army lieutenant.

Lars Kepler
The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she's being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman's body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them.

The Lost Boy
Camilla Läckberg
Detective Patrik Hedstrom is no stranger to tragedy. A murder case concerning Fjällbacka's dead financial director, Mats Sverin, is a grim but useful distraction from his recent family misfortunes. It seems Sverin was a man who everybody liked yet nobody really knew -- a man with something to hide.

The Girl Who Lived Twice
David Lagercrantz
Lisbeth Salander--the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo--has disappeared. She's sold her apartment in Stockholm. She's gone silent electronically. She's told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she's got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights.

After the Fire
Henning Mankell
Seventy-year-old Fredrik Welin lives a solitary life on a remote island off the coast of Sweden. Then disaster strikes. Having lost his surgical license years earlier after a botched operation, he awakens to a raging fire in which he loses everything else, save a mismatched pair of Wellingtons and a buckle from his Italian shoes.

Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End
Leif G.W. Persson
A young man falls to his death from a window in a student dorm in Stockholm, his loose shoe striking and killing the little dog being taken for his evening walk by an old man. It seems to be a mundane suicide—at least that's what the police choose to think.

The Andalucian Friend
Alexander Söderberg
Breaking her personal code to date a charming patient, Sophie Brinkmann discovers that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate.

The Darkest Room
Johan Theorin
Joakim and Katrine Westin have leapfrogged from one fixer-upper to the next. But the manor house in magnificently desolate Eel Point feels as if it may be their final destination. However, tragedy strikes when Katrine mysteriously drowns while Joakim is back in Stockholm packing up the last of their things. Though police declare the death accidental, rookie police officer Tilda Davidsson finds it hard to believe that Katrine simply fell or jumped into the icy sea and pursues her own investigation.

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