COLD COMFORT FROM NORDIC NOIR by The Stereotypical Librarian

I was reading about a movie that just opened this month and the Director was explaining why the movie wasn’t as good as it could have been, he didn’t have time to film all the scenes and all the locations that he had wanted.  The movie is The Snowman it stars Michael Fassbender as police investigator Harry Hole.  Clearly you won’t be getting the whole story or do I mean Hole story by seeing the film.  Read the book!

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is a great read.  Harry Hole is the Sherlock Holmes of Norway.  He is complicated and dark and very smart as is his nemesis that perhaps sent him this letter:

Soon the first snow will come.

And then he will appear again.

The Snowman.

And when the snow has gone, he will have taken someone else.

What you should ask yourself is this:

Who made the Snowman?

Who makes snowmen?

Who gave birth to the Murri?

For the Snowman doesn’t know.


Nordic Noir is like a brisk walk on a cold windy Montana day, it will get your heart pumping faster but it won’t warm you up.  It will, however give you much to think about.  So if you need something to read while you are waiting for the next James Patterson or Stuart Woods try some of these authors we have them available as Ebooks and in print.

Sweden – Henning Mankell wrote the Kurt Wallander series.

Sweden – Stieg Larsson wrote the Lisbeth Salander novels (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) which are being continued by David Lagercrantz.  The new book just out is The Girl who takes an eye for an eye.

Iceland – Arnaldur Indridason writes the Inspector Erlendur series.

Norway – Anne Holt writes the Hanne Wilhelmsen series.

Denmark – Jussi Adler-Olsen writes the Department Q series, they handle Cold Cases of course.

Sweden – Camilla Lackberg writes Patrik Hedstrom mysteries.

Sweden – Kjell Eriksson writes Ann Lindell series.

Norway – Karin Fossum writes Inspector Sejer mysteries.

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