Scandinavian Crime Fiction in English Translation

If you’re itching for more Scandinavian crime fiction after seeing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo over Winter Break, we’ve got you covered: there are many more works of translated Scandinavian crime fiction beyond Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and you can find them on our shelves!

Many of these books were written as series and later turned into films or television shows. Check out our holdings of these selected authors:

  • Henning Mankell– Swedish, best known for his Kurt Wallander mysteries.
  • Karin Fossum – Norwegian, best known for the Inspector Sejer Series.
  • Jo Nesbø– Norwegian, best known for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole.
  • Arnaldur Indriðason – Icelandic, winner of multiple crime fiction awards.
  • Yrsa Sigurðardóttir – Icelandic, crime fiction that centers around the fictional lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir.
  • Stieg Larsson– Swedish, best known for the Millennium Trilogy.

To find more information about Scandinavian crime fiction, take a look at these resources:

Check out these fan sites for the latest news (and reviews) about Scandinavian crime fiction in English translation:

For help with finding the books or doing research on Scandinavian crime fiction, just contact us at litlan@library.illinois.edu or stop by 200 South Main Library!

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