Here’s an interesting profile of some lesser known Scandinavian writers – totally unknown to me (except in one case by reputation) because they haven’t been translated into English. Into lots of other languages, yes, but not English. Sigh. While the world has gone overboard for Mankell, Nesser, and Lackberg (who this blogger finds seriously underwhelming) she wonders why we’re neglecting some of her favorites:
Emma Vall. She’s really three persons using the same pen name. They’re reporters, and so is their main character Amanda Rönn. She investigates crimes in the northern town Sundsvall. Emma Vall also writes mysteries for kids, about a girl named Svala (she’s originally from Iceland, hence the unusual name). . . . All their books are well written and definitely worth reading.
Arne Dahl. Pen name for a man named Jan Arnald. In addition to writing mysteries he’s also a short story writer, editor and critic. His mysteries are about a fictitious group investigating serious crime – the A group. The group employs quite a few people, so chances are you’ll find a main character you’ll like. . . .
Thomas Kanger. He’s a reporter too, just like the women behind Emma Vall. His main character is young cop Elina Wiik who works in Västerås in eastern Sweden. Just like most cops, she’s single and trying to find time to date in the midst of her busy professional life. However, in The Borderland (Gränslandet) he just gets too fanciful for my taste. . . .
Åsa Nilsonne. She’s actually a psychiatrist and medical doctor, but also writes excellent mysteries about the cop Monika Pedersen, working in Stockholm. Monika Pedersen is single (is there any cop who isn’t either single or divorced?), but has a close male friend, who is gay. Most of the cases are investigated in central Stockholm, but in the last book Monika goes to Ethiopia to follow up on a lead.
Now I hope the blogger will go on to tell us about some of her Finnish favorites. We can dream.