A Darker Shade of Sweden: Original Stories by Sweden's Greatest Crime Writers

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Stories by Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and over a dozen other masters of Nordic noir: “A wonderful collection” (Camilla Lӓckberg).
 
Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on Swedish crime writing with his Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, readers around the world have devoured fiction by Scandinavian masters of suspense. A Darker Shade of Sweden includes an assortment of outstanding crime fiction—never before published in English and in some cases brand-new to this volume—from Larsson and a wide range of other talents including Henning Mankell, the creator of Kurt Wallander; Åsa Larsson; Eva Gabrielsson; Inger Frimansson; Åke Edwardson; Sara Stridsberg; Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö; and more. Also included is an introduction by Edgar nominee John-Henri Holmberg, exploring the history of these stellar authors and their contributions to crime writing.
 
“Gripping. . . . These unsettlingly dark tales reaffirm the dominance of Swedish writers with original crime fiction.” —The Sun (UK)
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About the author

John-Henri Holmberg is the Edgar Award-nominated co-author of the 2011 book The Tattooed Girl, about the Millennium novels and their author, Stieg Larsson, who was a personal friend. After taking a degree in literature and philosophy at the universities in Uppsala and Stockholm, he has worked as a writer, translator, anthologist, magazine and book editor, and publisher. He has written books on science fiction, psychological thrillers, adult fantasy fiction and movies, and lectured on popular fiction, particularly crime and science fiction. For more than fifteen years he reviewed crime fiction for southern Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, which gained him the Jan Broberg Excellence in Criticism award as well as election to the Swedish Crime Fiction Academy. He is also an expert contributor on literature to both the Swedish National Encyclopedia and to the international online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The Swedish quarterly Nova Science Fiction, which he edited and published, won the 2009 Eurocon Award for best professional science fiction magazine in Europe. He is now a full-time writer, translator, and editor, living with his family on the southern coast of Sweden.
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Publisher
Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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Published on
Jan 7, 2014
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780802192448
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Noir
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