a few more links

My new resolution is to get less backlogged, so here are a few more Scandinavian crime-related links.

Glenn Harper, who seems lucky in all things film and television-related, has not only been commenting on Scandinavian television series such as one based on Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum series, he has some fascinating back story on the filming of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He is reassuring about the choice of the lead playing Lisbeth Salander – not an easy role to cast, but utterly key to the story.

A brief review of Arnaldur Indridason’s Hypothermia in the Guardian gives me chills. Everything sounds very cold, indeed.

Also in the Guardian, Mark Lawson ponders what has made Larsson’s trilogy so popular and concludes that it’s a combination of feminising the genre making a conspiracy thriller that usually draws a male audience more accessible as well as the universality of failed government policies. He also thinks the author’s untimely death adds to the urgency of his social message. Of course, the sad conflict over the proceeds of the books is a drama all its own.

Mike Ripley reminds us again of the Battle of Maldon (“so many Vikings keen to advance”) and warns of another a new Swedish author to arrive on English shores soon, Camilla Ceder who will debut with Frozen Moment due out next summer when perhaps we’ll all need a cold drink and a chilly mystery.

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