A Darker Shade of Sweden

A Darker Shade of Sweden

by John-Henri Holmberg (Editor)

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A Darker Shade of Sweden by John-Henri Holmberg

Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , readers around the world have devoured fiction by some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark publication, Sweden’s most distinguished crime writers, including Stieg Larsson himself, have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to sate the desire to read about the dark side of Sweden.

With an introduction by Swedish crime authority John-Henri Holmberg that traces the evolution of the genre from the late nineteenth century to the present-day, this volume includes a never-before-translated story from Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, the husband-and-wife team that brought Swedish crime to a worldwide audience for the first time in the 1960s and 70s; a brilliantly orchestrated piece in which Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander meets Håkan Nesser’s Van Veeteren; and stories from writers who will define the next wave of Swedish crime fiction.

Containing seventeen stories never before published in English, A Darker Shade of Sweden delves into the deepest shadows of this captivating place and shows why Swedish crime has kept readers enthralled for decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802123220
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,085,158
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John-Henri Holmberg is the Edgar Award-nominated coauthor of the 2011 book The Tattooed Girl , about the Millenium novels and their author, Stieg Larsson, who was a personal friend. He has written books on science fiction, psychological thrillers, adult fantasy fiction, and film, and lectured on popular fiction, particularly crime and science fiction. For more than fifteen years he reviewed crime for Sweden's largest daily newspaper, which gained him the Jan Broberg Excellence in Criticism award, as well as election to the Swedish Crime Fiction Academy. He is now a full-time writer, translator, and editor, living with his family on the southern coast of Sweden.

Table of Contents


  • “Reunion” by Tove Alsterdal; read by Carol Monda
  • “He Liked His Hair” by Rolf & Cilla Börjlind; read by Scott Brick
  • “Never in Real Life” by Åke Edwardson; read by Adam Grupper
  • “In Our Darkened House” by Inger Frimansson; read by Carol Monda
  • “Paul’s Last Summer” by Eva Gabrielsson; read by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • “The Ring” by Anna Jansson; read by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • “The Mail Run” by Åsa Larsson; read by Adam Grupper
  • “Brain Power” by Stieg Larsson; read by Edoardo Ballerini
  • “An Unlikely Meeting” by Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser; read by Scott Brick
  • “An Alibi for Senor Benagas” by Magnus Montelius; read by Erik Bergmann
  • “Something in His Eyes” by Dag Öhrlund; read by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • “Day and Night My Keeper Be” by Malin Persson Giolito; read by Tavia Gilbert
  • “The Multi-Millionaire” by Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö; read by Adam Grupper
  • “Diary Braun” by Sara Stridsberg; read by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • “Revenge of the Virgin” by Johan Theorin; read by Erik Bergmann
  • “Maitreya” by Veronica von Schenck; read by Tavia Gilbert
  • “Too Late Shall the Sinner Awaken” by Katarina Wennstam; read by Carol Monda

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“A wonderful collection of beautiful Nordic noir—with Stieg Larsson as the cherry on top.”
—Camilla Läckberg

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A Darker Shade of Sweden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Murder mystery fans in the United States had a passing acquiescence with some of Sweden's most popular authors of the genre.  Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo have had their work adapted by Hollywood, while Henning Mankell and some others had a reading fan base on this side of the Atlantic.  Then, along came the juggernaut of the Millennium Trilogy from Stieg Larsson, and suddenly a much larger percentage of the American population became aware of the tradition of Swedish crime fiction. A Darker Shade of Sweden collects 17 short stories from 19 Swedish writers.  Some like the aforementioned  Sjowall, Wahloo, and Mankell are already known on this continent.  Others, such as Katarina Wennstam and Veronica Von Schenck are not yet available in America (unless one wants to order in their original language from a Swedish bookseller).  (Aside: This IS a most unfortunate oversight – I checked several online sources for their works as soon as I finished this anthology and came up disappointed – and should be corrected as soon as humanly possible!) I found myself intrigued by “Brain Power”, a short story by the late Stieg Larsson that originally “published” (if a few mimeographed copies qualifies for that word) in a science fiction fanzine.  It skirts the “crime” genre covered by most other stories in this book, but it would be rather difficult to request a new story from the author at this date.  On the other side of the same coin, the book contains “Paul's Last Summer”, the first published fiction story by Larsson's long-time partner, Eva Gabrielsson – which leaves me wishing she'd consider branching away from her preferred non-fiction works a little more often!  PLUS, after reading “The Mail Run”, the Asa Larsson novel that has been sitting in my to-be-read pile is getting rushed towards the top of that infamous list so I read more from this fine author. I was a little disappointed in the selection of Sjowall's and Wahloo's “The Multi-Millionaire” - although, like Larsson's story, it does reflect the authors' social leanings AND it is also a little late in history to request a new story from these talents.  In addition, while Sara Stridsberg's “Diary Braun”is an intriguing little story, telling the tale of a well-known historical event from a most unique vantage point, it didn't seem to be a good fit with the other stories in this book. This is DEFINITELY worth the read.  Like most anthologies, the stories within are of varying quality and interest – which, since everyone's tastes are different, can mean different things to different readers.  I found the “HITS” to be much more prevalent than the “MISSES” and am glad I invested the time in this collection. RATING: 4 stars.
ErikAnestad More than 1 year ago
A good sample of Swedish mystery and crime writers