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Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden since 1967

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden since 1967

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Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967. By Mitzi M. Brunsdale. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016. 563 p. $65 (ISBN 978-0-7864-7536-0). E-book available (978-1-4766-2277-4), call for pricing.

Thanks to the Kurt Wallander novels of Henning Mankell, the Lisbeth Salander novels of Stieg Larsson, and their motion picture and television adaptations, crime fiction by Finnish and Scandinavian writers has soared in popularity with American readers over the past few years. In her Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction, Mitzi M. Brunsdale sets out to survey the growing field while offering a historical analysis of its development and importance. She argues that the region's crime fiction "largely deals with the serious societal problems resulting from originally well-intentioned Nordic welfare state policies now proving problematic," and believes that it "has enormous relevance to today's dangerous world" (1).

The work is divided into five main sections, with one section each devoted to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each opens with a thorough discussion of the cultural context of that nation's crime fiction, followed by tabulations of the country's crime fiction awards and short, parallel chronologies of historical and literary events inside and outside the country. …

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