There’s been some pretty eclectic reading by our staff this month. Find all of these Staff Picks titles on the front page of the catalog, or select a category for a specific group.
Ever since Stieg Larsson brought Lisbeth Salander to international prominence with his Millennium series – better known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – other Scandinavian authors have been enjoying an international audience as well.
What defines Nordic Noir? The setting is usually cold, dark, and bleak. The hero/detective (women and men) are generally very analytical, deep, and brooding. The murderer or perpetrators are psychopathic, misanthropic, and brutal. The pace is quick but often the follows the routine and methodical work of the detective. The general tone is realistic – no sweeping prose or giant metaphors, but the story tends to put a lens on corruption within government and society.