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Cop Killer, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  Cop Killer (The Martin Beck Series) translated by Thomas Teal   Although written in the 1970s, this ninth volume in the Martin Beck series remains a strong, relevant novel today. Two stories are told, both sent in the Malmo … Continue reading

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The Inspector and Silence, by Hakan Nesser

    The Inspector and Silence Translated by Laurie Thompson.   The fifth of Nesser's series of ten books featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren finds the Inspector brooding on his desire for retirement from the police force, increasingly depressed and … Continue reading

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The Killer’s Art, by Mari Jungstedt

    The Killer's Art Translated by Tiina Nunnally.   The fourth, and in my opinion the best, Gotland novel by Mari Jungstedt takes place in a cold and dark February as the owner of a successful art gallery secretly … Continue reading

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The Demon of Dakar, by Kjell Eriksson

The Demon of Dakar (Ann Lindell Mysteries) Translated by Ebba Segerberg.  Dakar is a restaurant in downtown Uppsala, owned by Slobodan Anderson – a larger than life figure – and funded by very dubious money. Manuel is a youngish Mexican … Continue reading

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The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist

The Unit Translated by Marlaine Delargy. The Unit is the first novel by Ninni Holmqvist, a translator who has previously published three collections of short stories. It is superb: assured, measured, controlled, human and written in that deceptively simple, easy-reading … Continue reading

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The Man From Beijing, by Henning Mankell

  The Man from Beijing Translated by Laurie Thompson. The usual pattern in a crime novel is for a murder to take place and for the investigator(s) to gradually narrow down the various explanations until one is left and the … Continue reading

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The Locked Room, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  The Locked Room (The Martin Beck) Translated by Paul Brittan Austin. Introduction by Michael Connelly. THE LOCKED ROOM, the eighth book in the Martin Beck series, is darker and longer than its predecessors, and has a more complex plot. … Continue reading

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The Stonecutter, by Camilla Lackberg

  The Stone Cutter Translated by Steven T. Murray. The third of Camilla Lackberg's series set in the small seaside town of Fjallbacka, Sweden, is every bit as good as the previous two novels. In THE STONECUTTER, Erica has recently … Continue reading

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The Cruel Stars of the Night, by Kjell Eriksson

  The Cruel Stars of Night (Ann Lindell Mysteries) Translated by Ebba Segerberg. Laura Hinderstern calls into her local police station to report her father, an elderly retired professor of Italian literature, missing. Soon after this, Ann Lindell and her … Continue reading

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Woman with Birthmark, by Hakan Nesser

  Woman with Birthmark Translated by Laurie Thompson. WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK, the fourth in the Inspector Van Veeteren series (originally published in 1996 but only just translated into English), is a bleak delight. The book opens with the funeral of … Continue reading

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