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Thrillers & Crime Novels set in Sweden

Stieg Larson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Part 1 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
The story is based on an actual crime which author and journalist Stieg Larson experienced at age 16: The gang rape of a girl named Lisbeth. His sensational thriller features a Lisbeth Salander, an agry punk heroine, who helps Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist, to uncover the dark secrets of one of Sweden's wealthiest families.
672 Pages
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Henning Mankell
Faceless Killers
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 1
2003 (First published: 1991)
An old man has been bludgeoned to death, and his tortured wife lies dying before the farmer’s eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: “foreign.” Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local detective whose personal life is in a shambles, is in charge of the investigation. His family is falling apart, he’s gaining weight, and he drinks too much. He also must deal with a wave of xenophobia as he searches for the killers.
279 Pages
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Henning Mankell
The Dogs of Riga
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 2
2004 (First published: 1992)
On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous. - Best nordic noir!
336 Pages
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Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Part 2 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
Blomkvist has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. The second part of Stieg Larsons Millennium Trillogy is a blistering espionage thriller, a riveting police procedural and a piercing exposé on social injustice.
752 Pages
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Henning Mankell
The White Lioness
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 3
2003 (First published: 1993)
The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander finds a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous.
448 Pages
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Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Part 3 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2012 (First published: 2005)
In Larson's third part of his Millennium Trillogy Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders.
832 Pages
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