Tag Archives: Scandanavian crime fiction

Henning Mankell – The Troubled Man

Yes, my favourite crime writer does have another Kurt Wallander novel for us – the very last, we are told in a recent New Zealand Listener article. I haven’t read it yet, but we do have it on order, and I’m looking forward to reading it, even though this pleasure will be tinged with sadness at the thought of this being the very last time I will get to enjoy the sheer doggedness of the ageing Swedish  Inspector Wallander as he does what he does so well – following his intuitions and solving crimes (see the Guardian review). – Mr F

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Operation Napoleon – by Arnaldur Indridason

This latest offering from popular Icelandic crime writer, Arnaldur Indridason, is certainly a fast-moving and very readable thriller. It involves a search for a missing German Junkers bomber which crash-landed on, then disappeared into the enormous Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland in 1945 during the last days of World War II. Upon its reappearance many years later it becomes the focus for top-secret and ruthless American military forces attempts to recover and remove it before its hidden secrets become public. For me, it was not the most impressive Indridason novel I’ve read, but there is certainly plenty of action for thriller lovers here.