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What hath Henning Mankell wrought.... besides Umlauts.

Long in the writing phase.... even longer in the editing phase.... I have the pleasure of publishing the first report from THD's Foreign Desk.

Four(4) New Faces in Swedish Fiction:

Kjell Eriksson leads this group of Leif Ericson acolytes. Last year's The Princess of Burundi was his first book released in the US. First Editions are already going for $40 as this book is into a fifth printing. His second US release is The Cruel Stars of the Night.

Hakan Nesser has been writing for well over a decade at this point. Borkmann's Point appeared on these shores last year, but the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy gave this their Best Novel award in 1994. Ten(10) books make up the Van Veeteren series.

Helene Tursten has written eight(8) in the Detective Inspector Huss series. The US has so far seen only three in this lauded series. The latest is the The Glass Devil, which followed last year's The Torso.

Asa Larsson is the youngest of this group of four(4) writers, having been born in 1966. Her second US release is Blood Split while the UK market has seen her third, The Savage Alter.

Of course, I am leaving off the giant of modern Swedish Crime Fiction, Henning Mankell. The reason for this omission is mainly to do to the fact that Henning saw his first English translation back in 1999 with Faceless Killers. While three of four writers mentioned here have long careers behind them they are only now just seeing their fine work published in English translations.

We look forward to reading all of these authors.

*The Photo Desk here at THD had the week off. Monday will see the addition of photos to this article.

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