Death in a Cold Climate : A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Paperback Book

Death in a Cold Climate : A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction Paperback

Part of the Crime Files series

2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Barry Forshaw, the UK's principal crime fiction expert,presents a celebration and analysis ofthe Scandinavian crime genre, from Sjowall and Wahloo's Martin Beck series through Henning Mankell's Wallander to Stieg Larsson's demolition of the Swedish Social Democratic ideal in the publishing phenomenon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo .


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 207 pages, IX, 207 p.
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780230361447

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Disappointing. This book reads like a quickly assembled set of transcripts of interviews with various writers, agents, and publishers. I had hoped for some critical examination of this genre; the availability of books in English in the genre is growing very fast, as books written over the past twenty years are translated into English. Something like the surveys written by Julian Symonds and P.D. James would have been very useful, but this book doesn't match up. It does offer information about the lives and times of various authors (as well as extended plot summaries of several books) but doesn't offer much guidance on what's worth reading.

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