The Last of Kurt Wallander
The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell
By John Zipperer
For a country that is rich and at peace, Sweden sure does have a bad case of Scandinavian gloom. When Britain produces world-famous popular literature, it is from people like J.K. Rowling and Terry Pratchett who write about worlds of fantasy, wonder and hope. But nearby Sweden’s contribution to the global best-seller market is the edgy mystery thriller, with isolated heroes and heroines solving brutal crimes against the backdrop of social and political decay.
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