Nordic Noir

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Curl up with some Nordic Noir on these cold winter nights! Nordic Noir is a type of crime fiction originating from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. These thrilling books feature tormented detectives, eerie environments, gruesome murders, and political intrigue with a distinctive Nordic sensibility that will have you hooked in no time. Our list contains new and classic international bestsellers (many of them made into highly rated movies and TV shows), representing the best of this dark and chilling genre.


The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Department Q Novel

Jussi Adler-Olsen


After a traumatizing assignment, Copenhagen homicide detective Carl Morck is shunted to the newly developed department Q to work on cold cases. Morck searches for long-missing politician Merete Lynggaard, who disappeared from a ferry, leaving behind her mute brother. Translated from Danish 2011.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series


Karin Alvtegen


Sweden. Sibylla Forsenström, an heiress living anonymously on Stockholm's streets, cons a businessman for an evening at the Grand Hotel. When he is found dead the next morning, Sibylla faces murder charges. Running from the law, Sibylla confronts her former life. Translated from the Swedish 2000.

Award Winning, Bestseller, Mystery

Call Me Princess

Sara Blaedel


Copenhagen detective Louise Rick and her friend, journalist Camilla Lind, investigate different aspects of the case of a brutal rapist who finds his victims--including a very ashamed Susanne Hansson--through an online dating site. Translated from Danish 2011.

Mystery, Series


Arne Dahl


Swedish police detective Paul Hjelm is assigned to the A-Unit, a task force assembled to find a killer who, after shooting high-profile business leaders, plays a tape of Thelonious Monk's "Misterioso." Originally published in Swedish in 1999. Translated 2011.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series

Eva’s Eye

Karin Fossum


Inspector Sejer investigates the cases of a prostitute smothered in her bed and a man stabbed to death and found in a river. Divorced struggling artist Eva Magnus is linked to both investigations. Originally published in Norwegian in 1995. Translated 2012.

Mystery, Series

Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Peter Hoeg


When Isaiah, a six-year-old Inuit boy, is killed falling off the roof of a warehouse, his neighbor Smilla, a young woman who is generally misanthropic yet inclined to look out for Isaiah, refuses to believe it is an accident. Smilla begins her investigation in Copenhagen, where her powers of observation-sharpened by her fascination with mathematics--help her to solve the mystery. 1995.

Bestseller, Mystery, Travel, Romance, Download Only

The Boy in the Suitcase

Lene Kaaberbal


Danish nurse Nina Borg helps her distraught friend Karin by retrieving a suitcase from a Copenhagen train-station locker. When Karin is murdered, Nina must flee to protect the little boy she found drugged and naked inside the suitcase. Originally published in Danish in 2008. Translated 2011.

Bestseller, Mystery

The Hypnotist

Lars Kepler


A teenager with multiple wounds survives his family's brutal slaying. Detective Joona Linna convinces psychiatrist Erik Bark to hypnotize the boy to find information on the killer. The hypnotism unleashes a terrifying chain of events. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Translated 2011.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series

The Ice Princess

Camilla Lackberg


FjaÌllbacka, Sweden. When writer Erica Falck sees the body of her childhood friend, it looks like suicide. But the autopsy proves it was murder. Erica and detective Patrik HedstrmÌ investigate--and begin dating. Originally published in Swedish in 2003. Translated 2009.

Bestseller, Mystery, Romance

Easy Money

Jens Lapidus


As the paths of two young drug-circuit antiheroes--a student and a Latino ex-con--intertwine in Stockholm, they find themselves mercilessly pitted against one another in a world where allegiances are hard-won, revenge is hard-fought, and a way out of it all is even harder to come by. 2006.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

Sun Storm; The Blood Spilt; The Black Path

Asa Larsson


First three titles, written between 2003 and 2008, of the series featuring Swedish attorney Rebecka Martinsson and police inspector Anna-Maria Mella. In Sun Storm, Rebecka must return to Kiruna and face her past when her friend's brother is murdered at his revivalist church. 2008.

Award Winner, Mystery, Series

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

Stieg Larsson


Stockholm. Wealthy octogenarian Henrik Vanger hires disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and antisocial computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate the disappearance of his great-niece as a teenager forty years ago. They uncover damaging secrets about the family--and themselves. Originally published in Swedish. 2008.

Bestseller, Award Winner, Mystery, Series

Faceless Killers

Henning Mankell


Sweden, 1990. Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the brutal murders of elderly farming couple Johannes and Maria Lövgren. The dying woman describes the killers as "foreign," which exacerbates xenophobia in the community. As he uncovers Johannes's secrets, Wallander copes with his own estranged wife and daughter. 1991.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series, Download Only

The Postcard Killers

Liza Marklund and James Patterson


A team of psychopaths leaves a trail of murdered couples across Europe and sends taunting postcards to the press before each crime. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon, whose daughter was a victim, tracks the killers with the help of Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson. 2010.

Mystery, Travel

The Redbreast

Jo Nesbo


After mistakenly shooting an American secret service agent, alcoholic Norwegian detective Harry Hole is, ironically, transferred to Oslo's secret service unit. There he gets a case with ties both to Norway's World War II Nazi activities and to its current skinhead subculture. Translated from Norwegian. 2006.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series


Kristina Ohlsson


New criminologist Fredrika Bergman and her Stockholm police department colleagues are assigned the kidnapping case of a child who had been separated from her mother on a crowded train. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Translated 2012.

Mystery, Series

Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense

Yrsa Siguroardottir


After a German university student studying in ReykjaviÌk, Iceland, is found ritualistically murdered, his family hires attorney ThoÌra GudmundsdoÌttir to investigate. She and Matthew Reich look into the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's past history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. Originally published in Icelandic in 2005. Translated 2007.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series

Martin Beck Mysteries: Books 1-5

Maj Sjowall and Per Waloo


In Roseanna, Stockholm detective inspector Martin Beck investigates an unidentified woman's rape and murder. Also includes The Man Who Went Up in Smoke, The Man on the Balcony, The Laughing Policeman, and The Fire Engine That Disappeared. Written between 1965 and 1969. Translated from the Swedish. 1969.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series

The Land of Dreams

Vidar Sundstol


U.S. Forest Service officer Lance Hansen, FBI agent Bob Lecuyer and Norwegian detective Eirik Nyland join forces to solve the murder of a Norwegian tourist on the north shore of Lake Superior. Lance discovers another murder of an Ojibwe man on the same site more than one hundred years ago. First book in the Minnesota Trilogy. Originally published in Norwegian in 2008. Translated 2013.

Mystery, Series, Download Only

Helsinki Noir

James Thompson


Helsinki's endless fjords, bays and islands offer plenty of places to dump a body and--with less than six hours of winter daylight--hiding in dark corners is easy. These fourteen stories include Jukka PetaÌjaÌ's "Snowy Sarcophagus," in which two women's bodies are discovered preserved in life-size snowmen. Translated from the Finnish. 2014.

Mystery, Short Stories, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

Detective Inspector Huss

Helene Tursten


Goteborg, Sweden. Wealthy businessman Richard von Knecht falls to his death from his apartment balcony. Instead of a simple suicide case, Inspector Irene Huss soon faces a complex murder investigation. Originally published in Swedish in 1998. Translated 2003.

Bestseller, Mystery, Series