nordic noir

Some Of The Best Writers of Nordic Noir

Anne Holt

Lawyer, Anne Holt was born in 1958 in Norway. Besides being a famous crime thriller author, she has  served as the Minister of Justice. She made her debut as a writer in 1993 when she wrote the crime novel Blind Goddess.’ about a drug trafficking ring that reached the highest levels of the Norwegian government. It featured the detective Hanne Wilhelmsen. Her most famous work, ‘What Never Happens.’ tells the tale of a series of celebrity deaths, all of which were carried out in macabre ways.

The methods used by Police Commissioner Adam Stubo and profiler Johanne Vik drives the plot. Anne Holt is as successful a politician as she is a writer. She is outspoken against racism and is a lifelong member of the Labour Party.

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Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of author couple: Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. 

The name was inspired by the Swedish crime fiction author, Stieg Larsson, and Johannes Kepler, the German scientist. Kepler calculated the planets’ orbits and arguably, paved the way for scientists like Isaac Newton. Both halves of this writing duo were successful in their own right before collaborating under the Lars Kepler pseudonym. The Joona Linna series has sold more than twelve million copies and has been translated into forty different languages.

It follows the exploits of Joona Linna, a detective superintendent, and Saga Bauer, an operational superintendent at the security service. This successful writing couple has also co-authored a stand-alone novel, Playground.

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Yrsa Sigurdottir

Yrsa Sigurdottir is Icelandic and writes crime novels and children’s books.

Her debut crime novel, Last Rituals, was published in 2005. She has written  two crime series featuring police officers and criminologists –  Thóra Gudmundsdóttir and Freyja & Huldar.

Stand alones include I Remember You, The Undesired, and Why Did You Lie

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Arne Dahl

Arne Dahl is the pen name of Swedish crime writer, Jan Arnald. As Arne Dahl, he has written a series of novels about a group of Swedish crime investigators known  as the Intercrime Group. BBC Four adapted several of his books which were aired in 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Arnald has won many awards including include the 2007 Readers Digest award for Europe’s best crime novelist, the 2007 Swedish Crime Writing Award, and the 2003 Palle Rosenkrantz prize.

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Jo Nesbo

Norwegian, Jo Nesbo’s books have been translated into more than forty languages.He was born in Oslo in 1960 and grew up in Molde. He attended the Norwegian School of Economics and graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.

He is most well known for his crime series featuring Inspector Harry Hole, a tough detective working for the Crime Squad and the National Crime Investigation Service. His cases have taken him to The Congo and Australia.

Nesbo is also a songwriter and lead vocalist for the Norwegian rock band, Di Derre.

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Kristina Ohlsson

Kristina Ohlsson was born in 1979 in Kristianstad, Sweden. 

She is a trained political scientist and has worked as a security policy analyst for the National Swedish Police Board. In 2010, she won the Stabilo Prize for the Best Crime Writer in Southern Sweden. 

Her novels about Fredrika Bergman have also been shortlisted for numerous awards. She is most famous for  The Disappeared and Unwanted. Her 2019 offering, The Flood, was published by Simon & Schuster.

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Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer famous for his Millenium trilogy of crime novels, the first of which was published in 2005 (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), one year after the author died of a heart attack. The primary characters are Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. 

In 2018, Larsson was the second best-selling author in the world after Khaled Hosseini.

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Karin Fossum

Karin Fossum has been called the Norwegian queen of crime. She was born in 1954 in Norway and currently lives in Oslo.

Best known for her Inspector Konrad Sejer series, translated into more than twenty-five languages. In 2007 she  received the Gum Shoe Award for the best European crime novel for The Water’s Edge. Another Sejer novel, The Whisperer was published in 2018.

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Ragnar Jonasson

Bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson wrote the Dark Iceland series which features Detective Ari Thor.

Snowblind became a number one best seller in the Kindle charts. Nightblind, the final book in the series, won the Dead Good Reader Award for the Most Captivating Crime in Translation. 

The Hidden Iceland series was also widely acclaimed and runs to three books – The Darkness, The Island, and The Mist. A qualified lawyer, Jonasson also teaches copyright law in Reykjavik and has previously worked as a reporter for TV and radio stations. 

He is the co-founder of Iceland Noir, the international crime writing festival.

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Peter Hoeg

Born in 1957, Danish writer Peter Hoeg tried all sorts of careers including actor and mountaineer before penning his first novel, The History of Danish Dreams  in 1988. Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow was an international bestseller. 

The Susan Effect, published in 2018 has been widely acclaimed. Arguments abound between reviewers as to whether his genre is literary or crime fiction.

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