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'Death in a Cold Climate is both intelligent and perceptive. Humble it is not. It is, to my knowledge, the most complete guide to Scandinavian crime fiction yet written in any language, an invaluable companion for anyone interested in the genre.'
- Mons Kallentoft, Financial Times
'Extensive, penetrating and intelligently written, Barry Forshaw's book is the most fulfilling work on the strange genre of Nordic Noir I have ever encountered.'
- Håkan Nesser, author of The Inspector and Silence
'Death in a Cold Climate is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the fictional underbelly of the Nordic psyche, whose popularity has become the publishing sensation of the century. Perceptive, witty and awesomely well-researched.'
- Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy
'Far more than a checklist, this is the essential guide through the snowdrifts of Nordic Noir.'
Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood
'...Surely this is the Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, as the UK's foremost crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw has gone definitive here with a triumphant volume that should sit proudly on every crime fiction fan's bookshelf. If you wanted a guide to take you down the dark and deadly streets of crime fiction, Mr Forshaw's your man [...] Entertaining and informative in equal measures, it provides insightful background to the books most crime fans will be familiar with and love, plus bang up to date information on new and upcoming authors and titles to watch out for, all through great essays and interview pieces. With sections from authors, translators & publishers, UK release dates and original dates of publication this is a tombe overflowing with reference and deep research and, above all else, an undying passion for the genre[...]The book closes with a fantastic bibliography and index to enable the volume to be put to use for years to come every time you pick up a new Scandinavian crime fiction title or wish to seek out a new read.'
- Keith B Walters, We Love this Book
'With customary depth and precision, Forshaw gets under the skin of this celebrated genre, uncovering many of its secrets and riches. Like its subjects, this book is hard to put down, and will undoubtedly be returned to time and again.'
- Dr Steven Peacock, University of Hertfordshire, UK
'In his excellent new book, Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Barry Forshaw throws a revealing light on the phenomenon of the Nordic policier (interestingly, the French slang term for the crime films and the detective novel is "le polar"). He distinguishes between the different countries, between male and female writers, and sees a clear line reaching down from the shared background of bloody, painful Icelandic sagas and Nordic mythology, through the dark social and psychological explorations of Ibsen and Strindberg and on into the 20th-century experience of war, occupation, resistance, collaboration and neutrality guilt.' - Philip French, the Observer
'A fascinating, comprehensive and very enjoyable overview of the publishing phenomenon that is Nordic noir, placing it in a cultural and historical context, with insightful contributions from writers, translators and editors - an essential reading guide for lovers of the crime genre.'
- Laura Wilson, crime fiction critic, The Guardian
'Essential reading for anyone seeking clues to the next Jo Nesbø.' - PD Smith, The Guardian
'Barry Forshaw's forensic feeling for snow is coloured by the quantity and quality of blood spilled on it in recent years by Nordic crime writers. The dash of publishers to find "the next Stieg Larsson" and their hyping of Jo Nesbø as "the next Henning Mankell" indicates the strength of cold climate killing as a subgenre of crime fiction... This overview of a literary phenomenon is as definitive as any aficionado could hope for.'
- Iain Finlayson, The Times
'The sudden triumphant rise of Nordic mystery stories is a fascinating puzzle of modern literature. With forensic intelligence, captivating characters, riveting clues and sub-plots, Barry Forshaw investigates and satisfyingly explains what happened.'
- Mark Lawson
'Not a stone is left unturned in Barry Forshaw's witty, encyclopedic investigation into the fictional crimes that have made Scandinavia the most talked about region in the world of books. Death in a Cold Climate is a unique and admirable personal testament to the writers, translators and publishers who have dedicated themselves to introducing Scandinavian crime fiction, its many languages and cultures, to the English speaking world. If upon turning the last page of Forshaw's book you are not immediately heading for the nearest bookstore to buy up every Scandinavian crime novel on its shelves, you were probably not meant to read this book in the first place.'
- Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, University College London, UK
'What Barry Forshaw doesn't know about crime fiction, to borrow an old phrase, isn't worth knowing. A journalist, chronicler of the genre, and talking head for the CWA Awards, with Death in a Cold Climate he covers in depth the extraordinarily popular sub-genre that is Nordic noir...Through interviews with authors and translators, Forshaw offers in-depth takes on the cream of the Nordic crop...an informative and educational effort from perhaps the nation's leading expert in the field.' - Dennis O'Donnell, bookgeeks.co.uk
'...a comprehensive guide to the Nordic noir mystery genre.' - Christopher Silvester, Daily Express
'For those of you who take your crime fiction seriously, Barry Forshaw has produced Death in a Cold Climate, an excellent new guide to Scandinavian crime fiction.' - Jessica Mann, The Literary Review
'Through an exploration of culture, politics and history, and in fascinating interviews with writers, editors and translators, Forshaw unravels the mystery of the snowbound murder's huge appeal in this enjoyable guide; an essential companion to any collection of Nordic crime novels.' - The Good Book Guide
'Forshaw writes with enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail...Death in a Cold Climate can be read cover to cover or dipped into using the comprehensive index. This is a work you will want to finish, though: Forshaw's descriptions whet the reader's appetite to read more Scandinavian crime fiction...' - Swedish Book Review
'This book is recommended for those interested in the recent publishing phenomenon of the Nordic Noir genre, for those following courses of European contemporary literature, and to general readers who have seen Wallander and The Killing on TV.' - Eric Jukes, Reference Reviews
A celebration and analysis of Scandinavian crime fiction, one of the most successful literary genres, with a focus on books, films and TV adaptations of authors such as Stieg Larsson.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
has produced a stimulating,extensive and innovative book on
Scandinavian crime fiction.
He gives space to crime fiction from Sweden,Norway,Iceland,
Finland and Denmark,but is at pains to show that whilst these
may be lumped together and called Scandinavian crime fiction,
there are crucial differences and unique features about each
of the above countries which are reflected in the novels.
Pretty well all the current authors available at present in
English translation are covered,and apart from Forshaw's
thoughtful and often provoking comments on many of the books,
this volume also includes illuminating interviews with many
of the authors.Additionally, and unusually, the book also carries
interviews with translators and publishers,which I found most
This is a very welcome book,that has enhanced my enjoyment and
knowledge of the genre.
Forshaw doesn't attempt - wisely in my view - a complete run-down of every Scandinavian crime novel in English, instead covering all the authors that I at least know of, and more, by reference to selected titles. On Henning Mankell, for example, he has perhaps more to say about the non-Wallander novels than the Wallander ones, which is probably sensible given since surely everyone likely to read this book will be more than familiar with Wallander from the books and TV adaptations. Considerable space is given to interviews with authors, translators and English-language editors, and these are in many respects the best parts of the book (although they also suffer from repetition). I found the various discussions on translation particularly interesting, with editors and translators together trying to find the right balance between remaining true to the original text while making the story accessible to readers in a different language.Read more ›
One weakness of many Nordic writers which is never mentioned is uniformity of plot structure across a series of novels. Lackeberg, Nesser and Jungstedt spring to mind among others. To my mind this makes Mankel,Sjowall and Wahloo,and Larsson far better writers and what about Jan Kjaerstad. On one level his Wergeland trilogy can be read as a murder mystery as can Edwin Drood.
Finally in the section on film and TV a mention if English Language DVDs can be obtained please. Someone suggested from Australia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For everyone interested in Scandinavian crime this is a 'must read' by the acknowledged expert. It is also very entertaining.Published on 29 Dec. 2014 by Deep Reader
I found this book unreadable due to the proliferation of brackets ( ) on almost every page. I hardly got beyond the introduction before I had to give up due to increasing intense... Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by kathleen george
Essential reading for anyone who has started on the journey of reading the wide variety of Scandi Crime fiction (and to anyone who just watches the TV and cinema adaptations). Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Ozonelayer
Purchased the book as a gift. Knew the type of genre I was looking for but not the exact title. But the recipient of the gift was thrilled.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by Rhian Bowen
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