It’s up to the straight-talking, weather-worn detectives at the heart of Nordic Noir to traipse the desolate streets to catch the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes. But as the midnight sun blazes, or winter darkness descends, nights have a tendency to blend through days – and black and white perspectives into varying shades of grey. Here are some books by the masters and apprentices of this grittiest of crime sub-genres.
The thrilling first book in the bestselling Harry Hole series, never before published in English
The first installment in the Cold Case Quartet from the international bestseller, Jorn Lier Horst.
Scandinavian crime at its best and most commercial. For all fans of Henning Mankell.
The second thrilling novel in Indridason's brilliant new series, set in wartime Reykjavík.
[From] Norway's Queen of crime-an engaging-atmospheric thriller' Daily Mail
The last novel from international crime bestseller Henning Mankell. A brilliant and moving mystery set in the Swedish archipelago.
A complex and sophisticated crime thriller from an astonishing new talent
Kurt Wallander is twenty one and new to the police force - and he won't let anything stand in the way of solving his first murder case
The loner Erlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer and is immediately drawn into the blackness of Reykjavik's underworld.
The brand new psychological crime novel in the award-winning Inspector Sejer series, books beloved for their deep insight into the human mind
A nail-biting crime novel from the script writer behind The Killing.
Books for the independent masters of self-control born 22 December – 19 January.
Books for the open-minded, philosophical enthusiasts born 22 November – 21 December.
Books for the assertive, resourceful decision-makers born 23 October – 21 November.