Scandinavian Crime Fiction, 2008 & 2009

List of Scandinavian crime fiction books published in English translations in the US and in UK in 2008 and 2009. See forthcoming books for a list of recent and forthcoming releases of Scandinavian crime fiction novels.

Released in 2009:


  • Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played with Fire. Second book in the Millennium trilogy. Reviewed.
  • February:

  • Karin Alvtegen: Shadow. A story of dark family secrets. Reviewed
  • Camilla Lackberg: The Stonecutter, the third book about Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck from Fjallbacka (book review)(and The Preacher released as paperback in the UK)
  • March:

  • Jo Nesbo: The Redeemer, a new book in the series about Detective Harry Hole. Reviewed
  • April:

  • Hakan Nesser: Woman with a Birthmark. Another book in the series about Inspector Van Veeteren - Review
  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir: My Soul to Take, the second book with the Icelandic lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir - Review
  • June:

  • Dahl, K O: The Last Fix, a new book with dectives Gunnarstranda and Frolich from Oslo. - Review
  • Egeland, Tom: The Guardians of the Covenant. About Archaeologist Bjorn Belto who finds ancient Viking parchments. Review
  • Jarkko Sipila: Against the Wall. A Helsinki Homicide novel featuring Detective Lieutenant Kari Takamaki and undercover agent Suhonen. Review.


  • Leif Davisen: The Woman from Bratislava. Starring Teddy Pedersen, a middle-aged, Danish university lecturer (Review)
  • Karin Fossum: The Water's Edge. Another book in Karin Fossum's series about Inspector Konrad Sejer. Review.
  • Johan Theorin: The Darkest Room. Another crime story from Oland. Review.
  • August:

  • Camilla Lackberg: The Stonecutter, a new book from Fjallbacka, featuring Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, the third in the series. Review.
  • Inger Frimansson: Island of the Naked Women- psychological thriller (Review)
  • September:

  • Arnaldur Indridason: Hypothermia, a new Reykjavik-thriller with Sigurdur and Erlendur. Review.
  • Gunnar Staalesen: The Consorts of Death, another Varg Veum from Bergen in Norway. Review.
  • Death Angels, by Ake Edwardson, a new book in the series about Chief Inspector Erik Winter. Review.
  • October:

  • Tove Jansson: The True Deceiver. Review.
  • Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, the third and final book in the Millennium Trilogy, featuring Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (Review)


  • Anne Holt: Death in Oslo, a new novel with former FBI profiler Johanne Vik and her husband, Detective Inspector Adam Stubo (UK release Dec. 10, US release: Unknown). Book review.

Released in 2008:


  • Alvtegen, Karin: Missing. Demonstrates clearly that Alvtegen is one of the best of the Swedish crime writers. (Status: Released.) Review.
  • Larsson, Stieg: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This is the first book in the Millennium Trilogy by this incredibly talented (now dead) writer. (Status: Released) Review
  • Sigurdardottir, Yrsa: Last Rituals. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is commissioned to find out the truth. (Status: Released) Review
  • February:

  • Burman, Carina: The Streets of Babylon (released February in the UK, May in the US) (review)
  • Holt, Anne: What Never Happens (Status: released)(review)
  • Larsson, Asa: The Savage Altar (UK)(published as Sun Storm in the US) (review)


  • Nesbo, Jo: Nemesis. This is the fourth crime novel by Nesbo starring Detective Harry Hole, in Oslo, Norway, to be published in English. ( gives May as publication date) Review
  • April:

  • Eriksson, Kjell: The Demon of Dakar. Book number 7 starring Detectives Ola Haver and Ann Lindell, from Uppsala in Sweden (review)
  • Lackberg, Camilla: The Ice Princess, starring Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, in Fjallbacka in Sweden (review)
  • Mankell, Henning: The Eye of the Leopard (review)
  • May:

  • Dahl, K O: The Man in the Window. Book number three about Gunnarstranda and Frolich, from the Oslo Police ( gives March 18, 2008 as release date)(review)
  • June:

  • Fossum, Karin: Broken, a wonderful novel, borderline between crime and general fiction. (review)
  • Nesser, Hakan: Mind's Eye. The fourth Inspector Van Veeteren novel to be released in English. Review
  • July:

  • Larsson, Asa: The Black Path, the third book starring Rebecka Martinssons, a Swedish lawyer. Review.
  • Roslund & Hellstrom: The Vault. Review.
  • August:

  • Johan Theorin: Echoes from the Dead (review)


  • Henning Mankell: The Pyramid (The Wallander Stories) (Review)
  • Arnaldur Indridason: Arctic Chill (More Erlendur!) (Review)


  • Mari Jungstedt: The Inner Circle (More Inspector Anders Knutas) (book review)
  • Kjaerstad, Jan: The Discoverer (The Jonas Wergeland Trilogy, final book) Review.

The 10 most recent books reviewed on Scandinavian Books:

The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell

The Drowning, by Camilla Läckberg

Operation Napoleon, by Arnaldur Indridason

The Caller, by Karin Fossum

The Howling Miller, by Arto Paasilinna

The Dwarf, by Pär Lagerkvist

The Ice Palace, by Tarjei Vesaas

The Summer Without Men, by Siri Hustvedt

Doctor Glas, by Hjalmar Soderberg

The Quarry, by Johan Theorin