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Initial post: 10 Jan 2014 17:25:15 GMT
P Mc Cormack says:
Authors like Jo Nesbo

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 17:54:47 GMT
Anne McHardy says:
A Norwegian crime writer that I like very much is Karin Fossum. Her books are psychological thrillers. 'Wallander' Swedish writer Hennig Mankell is great. Lots of good stuff to choose from. I have loved all his books, but my favourites are ones that don't feature Wallander - 'Italian Shoes' and 'The Return of the Dancing Master' to name two. Also Swedish - Asa Larson, who is a quite new to the Scandi-noir genre; her fourth book is just out. I've read the first three all featuring Rebekkah Martinsson and liked all of them. Haven't read the fourth one yet. A British thriller writer I like very much is Mo Hayder - her books are pretty frightening. She is very good at creating a threatening atmosphere.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 20:34:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2014 20:35:10 GMT
I Readalot says:
There are quite a few Nordic crime writers around, many of whom were writing before Nesbo. If it is the Scandiwegian style you like then a few of my favourites are Hakan Nesser (Swedish), Jussi Adler-Olsen (Danish), Arnaldur Indridason, Yrsa Sigurdardottir (both Icelandic), Johan Theorin (Swedish). Adler-Olsen's books are quite nasty as are those by Lars Kepler, starting with The Hypnotist. Moving away from Scandi you could take a look at Alex - Pierre Lemaitre (French) and Fred Vargas (also French), her books can be very dark but with a lot of humour and wonderful characters. I can't say they are all 'like' Nesbo but I work in a bookshop and have regulars who like all of them and are always looking for a new author. Something a bit different is 'The Game Trilogy' by Anders de la Motte (Swedish), read the first one in a couple of days and am onto the second.

Posted on 12 Jan 2014 21:53:20 GMT
I Readalot says:
Also look out for 'Blood on Snow' - Tom Johansen, due to be published later in the year, Jo Nesbo using a pseudonym, Leonardo di Caprio seems to be interested in making a movie of the book, first in a series.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 10:00:17 GMT
Ooh - Nesbo under a pseudonym, I like the sound of that!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 13:09:13 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
i'm a big fan of Jussi Adler Olsen, Imndridason, Nesser and particularly Vargas but i don't think they are particularly like Nesbo - their detectives aren't like Harry Hole. Some of Michael Connelly's work might fit the bill - The Poet stuff and the better Harry Bosch ones. Another strong hero.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 19:44:58 GMT
I Readalot says:
Yep, will be waiting impatiently for the first book now!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 19:51:56 GMT
I Readalot says:
That's why I said they weren't 'like' him, but they might be worth looking at all the same. It really depends on what it is about his work that someone particularly likes, for many it is the Nordic setting. Someone else might like the serial killer aspect and the fact he doesn't flinch from killing off characters.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 21:29:03 GMT
Before Nesbo, and before Fossum and Mankell you had the Swedish writing team of Sjowall and Wahloo. Their character, Inspector Martin Beck was featured in ten stories. Nesbo refers to them as the Godparents of Scandanavian crime fiction.
Here are 2 of the ten. Roseanna is the first in the series and although it isn't the best one I think it sets up Beck and the recurring characters quite nicely.
Roseanna (The Martin Beck series)
The Laughing Policeman (The Martin Beck series, Book 4)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 12:24:03 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Good point. The setting is usually particularly strong in Nesbo and the Nordic examples you suggested certainly match that. Another reasonable read is Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson in similar setting while Sun and Shadow by Åke Edwardson i thought was preposterous. For me Nesbo sails a bit close to the wind with Harry Hole - he's a bit too invincible but not as bulletproof as Jack Reacher. Might be nice to see him solve a "normal" murder i.e. not hunt a serial killer. Must look up La Motte.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 18:17:02 GMT
I Readalot says:
Have almost finished Buzz, second in the Game Trilogy, involves internet trolls, now where have we come across some of those? I liked the first few of Camilla Lackberg's series 'Stonecutters' in particular, but she got a bit too 'cosy' for me with 'The Hidden Child' might try her again though.

Posted on 19 Jan 2014 19:50:10 GMT
I Readalot says:
Nesbo has a book out in April 'The Son'.
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