The Dragon Tattoo and Its Long Tail

The New Wave of European Crime Fiction in America


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About the Book

The enormous popularity of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy has raised awareness of other contemporary European authors of crime fiction. As a result, several of these novelists now reach a receptive American audience, eager for fresh perspectives in the genre. This critical text offers an introduction to current European crime writing by exploring ten of the best new crime nd mystery authors from Sweden (Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell), Norway (Karin Fossum and Jo Nesbø), Iceland (Arnaldur Indridason), Italy (Andrea Camilleri), France (Fred Vargas), Scotland (Denise Mina and Philip Kerr), and Ireland (Ken Bruen), who are reshaping the landscape of the modern crime novel.
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About the Author(s)

David Geherin, a professor emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University, is the author of ten books on crime fiction, two of which were finalists for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

David Geherin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 198
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6169-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8968-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      3
1. Stieg Larsson      9
2. Henning Mankell      24
3. Karin Fossum      42
4. Jo Nesbø      60
5. Arnaldur Indridason      75
6. Andrea Camilleri      90
7. Fred Vargas      107
8. Denise Mina      123
9. Philip Kerr      141
10. Ken Bruen      159
Works Consulted      177
Index      184

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Focuses on authors enjoying the success of what Geherin describes as the Nordic Boom”—Reference & Research Book News