Stieg Larsson

June 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm (books, Mystery fiction, Uncategorized)

The appearance of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the third and final volume in Stieg Larsson’s massively popular Millennium Trilogy, has prompted a number of interesting reflections from critics and reviewers:

The Girl Who Conquered the World, by Laura Miller (Salon);

The Secrets of Stieg Larsson, by Malcolm Jones (Newsweek);

The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson, by Charles McGrath (New York Times Sunday Magazine).

Several commentators have taken a look at the phenomenon of Scandinavian crime fiction in general:

Very Cool Cases, by Neely Tucker (Washington Post);

A Scandinavian Hit Sets Publishers Seeking More, by Julie Bosman (New York Times).

Neely Tucker omits my personal favorite, Norway’s extremely gifted Karin Fossum. And neither article mentions the team of writers whom many consider the founding parents of Scandinavian crime fiction: Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Together, these two penned ten novels between 1965 and 1975, before Wahloo’s untimely death. All ten books are currently in print, courtesy of Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. They are, each of them, eminently worth reading.

At any rate – thanks are due to all of  these fine writers for infusing such vitality into the mystery genre.


  1. All the Stieg Larsson Reviews in the World… « Vol. 1 Brooklyn said,

    […] I’m not totally sure why I have zero desire to ever read anything by him, but Books to the Ceiling at least do a good job collecting reviews about the late author. […]

  2. Joanne S-L said,

    Thanks for all the links. I have to catch up on the Steig articles. I also want to revisit the 3rd one on audio this time. I had to read it so quickly because the copy was in such high demand. And I liked the reader when I listened to the first two.

    I also wanted to mention how fantastic you were at the Howard County Library Summer Reading Panel. Now I want to read everything you discussed. My nightstand is getting more and more crowded!

  3. Meredith Chancellor said,

    Uh-oh–now that I’ve seen Joanne’s comment, I’m wondering how I can get a copy of the handout you no doubt very generously provided to all those lucky enough to attend your summer reading panel . . . My nightstand is never too crowded to add some of the books you love!

    Any more booktalks planned over the summer (now that I’m finally free to attend)?

  4. kathy d. said,

    Oh, yes, any literature you distributed? What did you discuss at the panel?
    We await with baited breath.

    And what are your summer reading plans? And do you have favorites from 2010 so far?

    I keep trying to steal time to read and people won’t let me.

  5. the next Stieg Larsson « Scandinavian Crime Fiction said,

    […] as “How could they not have mentioned Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo?” – an omission mentioned also by Roberta at Books to the Ceiling) and how she enjoyed Camilla Lackberg’s first foray in the US (with The Ice Princess) with […]

  6. anncleeves said,

    Hi Roberta. Sorry, new to the blogging business, and this isn’t entirely relevant to Scandinavian fiction (though Shetland did belong to Norway until the 14th century) but would you like a galley of the last book in the Shetland Quartet? If so email me your postal address – contact details on my website – and I’ll get one to you. Ann ps my favourite Scandinavian writer at the moment is Johan Theorin.

  7. In Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine: much ado about thrillers « Books to the Ceiling said,

    […] one thing, thrillers are hot right now – witness the impressive success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. So slapping that label on a book should help sales. Does it – even if Larsson is not the […]

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