it was a dark and snowy night

February 16, 2010

Henning Mankell’s latest, “The Man from Beijin” is a departure from the Kurt Wallander mysteries, a stand-alone thriller with a blurb that begins:

January 2006:  in the Swedish hamlet of Hesjovallen, nineteen people have been massacred.  The only clue is a red ribbon found on the scene.  A judge, Birgitta Roslin, realizes she’s connected to the victims.

the PW review is mixed and the Booklist review proclaims

Yes, Mankell overextends himself here, but he also shows why he remains a must-read for anyone interested in the international crime novel

Mankell is obviously held to a high standard.

i have an arc that goes to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to comment.

there was a Slate article last year that examined the predominance of all things grim in Scandinavian fiction.  how is it that authors from countries that have fewer murders than their home-grown literature turn out such dark doings?  from Mankell to the recent sensation of Stieg Larsson, crime fiction reigns supreme in Northern Europe.  apparently, the Germans even have a name for it, as revealed in a Vanity Fair profile of Larsson: Schwedenkrimi or “Swedish crime writing.”  and though Norwegian author Jo Nesbø sees crime fiction from Sweden and Norway as having very “different voices,” he recognizes that “‘Scandinavian crime fiction’ seems to have become a trademark for quality, being a Norwegian writer is not a bad starting point.”  quite the reputation.

posting by marin


One Response to “it was a dark and snowy night”

  1. Barb Says:

    I need another book to read –

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