here may be something to this Scandinavian crime fiction hoopla. I've just read Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström
and Agnete Friis & Lene Kaaberbøl
in preparation for a panel I'll moderate at Bouchercon 2011
next month, and readers of this blog will know that I've been impressed.
Most recently I noticed that even as they build the tension in Three Seconds,
Roslund and Hellström shoot the novel through with social concerns and tell their story from multiple points of view. Each of these is characteristic of Nordic crime writing, though their sympathy for individuals crushed by a system prepared to dispose of them when they are longer useful makes R&H distant cousins of Jean-Patrick Manchette
's as well. So, even though Three Seconds
does not read like much of the other Swedish crime fiction that comes immediately to mind, it shares with it certain thematic interests.
'll take time between books to send Bouchercon bouquets to Ruth Jordan and Judy Bobalik, in charge of programming for this year's convention. They should be thanked on principle for their hard work on this and other cons over the years, but they've done two especially nice things this time: They got panel notifications out early, and they scheduled multiple panels on similar themes. This will increase chances that convention goers get to attend at least one session on their topics of special interest.
Thanks, ladies, and may every one of Bouchercon's 1,600 attendees buy you at least one drink.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011
Labels: Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, Bouchercon, Bouchercon 2011, Judy Bobalik, Ruth Jordan, Sweden, Sweden crime fiction