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A Darker Shade of Sweden

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Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and bestselling Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, readers around the world have devoured fiction by some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden’s most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Mysterious Press (first published December 2013)
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Ken Fredette
Mar 30, 2016 Ken Fredette rated it really liked it
Bound to happen, I found a new author who I really liked. Veronica von Schenck was one in a anthology of crime writers. She hit my weakness and wrote with the fascination of history, artifacts, and solving problems. But what I like the best about her was that she quit her job. I also liked Anna Jansson and the story with Detective Captain Maria Wern and Stieg Larsson's tale of the athlete and his body. All the stories were excellent.
Jan 12, 2016 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Den här antologin köpte jag 2014, inte bara för att den sas innehålla hela svenska deckareliten utan även för att den säljs till förmån för Sveriges Stadsmissioner. För varje såld bok skänks fem kronor. Det är ju ett berömvärt ändamål och kan man förena nytta med nöje så är det ju ännu bättre. Läs mer på min blogg.
May 18, 2014 Icewineanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
Terrific collection of Swedish authors, many of them are already well-known in North America due to the popularity of Swedish crime fiction. This book introduced me to many new authors whose books I will be seeking out, such as Johan Theorin, Tove Alsterdal and Hakan Nesser.

Another author included in the collection is Cilla Borjlind, who wrote one of the stories along with her husband, Rolf. This couple have created many crime dramas for television and they have also written numerous scripts ba
May 25, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Murder mystery fans in the United States had a passing acquiescence with some of Sweden's most popular authors of the genre. Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo have had their work adapted by Hollywood, while Henning Mankell and some others had a reading fan base on this side of the Atlantic. Then, along came the juggernaut of the Millennium Trilogy from Stieg Larsson, and suddenly a much larger percentage of the American population became aware of the tradition of Swedish crime fiction.

A Darker Shade
Some of the stories in this collection are awesome; some too dark and gristly for my taste. We listened to the audio version on two road trips (13 hours of listening, about one of which was a fascinating, though Very Long introduction that had the feel of a dissertation about it. But still, we both liked the collection, overall, and got to take tastes of authors we had yet to find on our own. Plus there were some of the old standbys that were fun to find again.
Mary Drayer
Jun 30, 2015 Mary Drayer rated it liked it
While browsing in person at the library....I came across a book of 17 Swedish authors-one My Favorite-Steig Larsson(The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) who have written short stories. I even found some NEW authors to investigate.
Dec 09, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
An anthology of Swedish writers that brings you gems from the established greats and wellknown translated authors but also shows less familiar and interesting ones who would have a great deal to offer if their work was widely available in English.
I really enjoyed Åsa Larsson's "The Mail Run" and Johan Theorin's "Revenge of the Virgin". But the quality of this book is the background information on the writers and their work. So the biography and short stories from Veronica von Schenck and Katarin
Mar 13, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A collection of crime/thriller short stories from Sweden. The selection of stories includes popular Swedish authors including Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. What surprised me the most was just how modern all these stories are. Few are from before the time of the Millennium Trilogy, most from the last 5 years or so. Apart from Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, seemingly none before the 90s. It is also interesting that most of the authors seem to have been some sort of journalist, and all seem to ha ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Without any sense of shame, I admit to judging a book by its cover. I laser in on a beautifully bound book. But, a book can’t get by on looks alone. Intelligent writing is what truly endears it.

A Darker Shade of Sweden edited by John-Henri Holmberg has it all - beauty and brains. The binding’s artfully done in a collection of Swedish crime fiction that brings the best of the genre into an assortment of seventeen stories never before published in English. They’re enthralling and diverse; each can
Jul 22, 2015 Nathalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a nice anthology of some great Swedish authors, with an introduction in Swedish crime novels by the editor. Several of the authors, collaborating for this anthology, were already known to me, others not.
Most of them have written a new short story for this collection, other were already finished. And short stories are sometimes a genre of their own. Although not all thrillers (most of them even not), some excellent ones were written by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, Henning Mankell &
Jul 18, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nie przepadam za opowiadaniami. Jestem myśli, iż one trwają zdecydowanie za krótko. Jednak bywają takie, które po prostu chce mi się przeczytać. Gdy dowiedziałam się o książce ,,Ciemna strona" zdarzyło mi się kilka razy pomyśleć o tych opowiadaniach, zastanawiałam się co takiego w nich zostało opisane. Hasło ,,Szwedzcy mistrzowie kryminału" zadziałało na mnie. To był dla mnie znak, że muszę sięgnąć po tę antologię.

Gdy zaczęłam czytać tę książkę byłam zachwycona, gdyż pierwsze opowiadania bardzo
Kristine Brancolini
Aug 11, 2014 Kristine Brancolini rated it really liked it
Books that collect stories from multiple authors always have unevenness; it's inherent in the process of selection. This anthology of short stories by Swedish mystery writers is no different. I read these books to find new authors and this volume did not disappoint. Although two of the stories were horrible, the one by Stieg Larsson (age 17) and the one by his life partner Eva Gabrielsson, most of them were very good and I was blown away by a couple of them. Unfortunately, the editor/translator, ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Vicky rated it liked it
I just happened to come across this one day while I was browsing the new mysteries shelf at the library. I am a huge fan of Scandanavian crime fiction and this book turns out to be newly translated short stories by the greats of the genre. The book is worth checking out just for the indroduction by Holmberg in which he discusses and analyzes the works of 20 Swedish crime writers from Sjowall/Wahloo to the current crop of best selling authors like Mankell, Nesser and Larsson. The other thing is t ...more
Michaela V.
Sep 08, 2014 Michaela V. rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This antology presents a lot of amazing swedish authors. Thanks to that I really fell in love with swedish crime novels, especially Lars Kepler (even the book doesn't present any of their work.) I think reading this book is a good way to getting know the different styles of writing of different authors and that makes the reader choose which one they would like to try. Some of the stories are not that 'dark' but some (i think the first two or three) are written in a really mysterious way (i reall ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Lena rated it really liked it
This is a book of short stories, all by various Swedish mystery writers in the Nordic Noire genre. Nearly all of the stories are by young, recently published authors, although there are also a few by the well known pros, including Steig Larsson, Ake Edwardson, Maj Sjowall, Henning Mankell and multiple others. However, what I enjoyed the most was the introduction of new authors through short stories by writers I had never heard of before - including Dag Orhlund, Malin Persson Giolito, and Veronic ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pěkně sestavená ochutnávka Švédů. Přiznám se, že některé kusy se mi hodně nelíbily, ale na druhou stranu se rozšířil seznam "Authors To Read". :)
Feb 27, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. A wonderful group of short stories by some of the best Swedish Mystery writers. What was a bonus was a short Biography of each writers work and life at the beginning of each story.I enjoyed each and every tale and finished the book in about 2 days.I did notice some spelling errors in the text though but this just added to the charm of reading these wonderful short stories . I went to my local library after reading this novel and did pick up a few books written by some ...more
Tom Gorski
Dec 05, 2014 Tom Gorski rated it really liked it
An interesting anthology of Swedish mystery with the primary writers from the last several decades prominently chosen for short stories. Included is a short story, more science fiction than mystery from a then 17 year old Stieg Larsson which shows not only his creativity at that age but also his consistent opposition to "government" where it oppresses people. Also worth reading is the introduction to Swedish mystery during the past century...covers quite a span of writers and various conventions ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Anyone who is a fan of crime fiction should consider reading this anthology of Swedish short stories.

The editor (John-Henri Holmberg) provides an introduction worth the book itself, tracing the international genre of crime fiction from its origins to the present, and then situating the importance of Scandinavian contributions in general and Swedes in particular. He's also managed to gather an impressive array of work, either previously published (some as recently as 2013) or else in some cases s
Jan 28, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
Very good. Sometimes it is nice to read ' short stories ' just to keep you focused and interested. Some books can drag on and on, but this one keeps you on your toes. Some of the authors I am familiar with and have read all of their books ( that I can get my hands on ) and their are some that I am not keen on, but we'll certainly read some of their books. They are listed as some of Sweden's top crime authors, but I am utterly suprised that Lars Keplar is not listed as one. Of course, their is St ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Very good reading! Some great writers are represented here; it's nice to be able to absorb in small bits. A few could be skipped, and the quality and 'darkness' of the stories varies pretty widely. But with one or two exceptions, this is a great collection and introduction to some new writers.

While the stories are strong, the intro could use a good edit. And I questioned the submission by Eva Gabrielsson.
Dec 25, 2014 Matej rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this one. I felt that the contributions by Dag Ohrlund, Veronica von Schenck, and Asa Larsson stood out. The rest is mostly readable even enjoyable, but not that great. Some of the contributions do not really have much to do with crime or detective fiction, which is a flaw in my opinion. Contains a short history of Swedish detective fiction in the preface.
Jan 15, 2014 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book seemed to promise more than it delivered. The Never-Before-Published story by Stieg Larsson turned out to be one he wrote when he was 17! Not very exciting. And the one by Stieg's companion reads like something one might find in a Swedish weekly magazine. Two favorite authors, Mankell and Nesser, collaborated on a short story, cute, but not what one might expect.
Two of my favorite stories were by Eva Gabrielsson and Johan Theorin, but several others were OK too. As always when I read s
Collection of short stories by popular Scandinavian authors including Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and other lesser knowns (in USA). Several verged more on horror. I found it annoying that the editor began each story with a brief biological sketch of the author and then ended the sketch with more of the same, often quite redundant.
H. P. Reed
I mine short story collections composed of different authors for ideas about whose novels would be good to read. In this volume, Malin Persson Giolito, Dag Ohrlund and Ake Edwardson stood out from all the authors I was not yet reading. Aside from that, the book was very entertaining.
Jun 05, 2015 Martha rated it it was amazing
I'm not saying this is the best mystery book ever written, but it is an amazing survey of Swedish mysteries from the last 70 (?) years. All of the stories are different, yet interesting. Worth a listen to help you figure out if you want to read more from a new-to-you author.
Jean Browne
May 27, 2014 Jean Browne rated it liked it
Original short stories by Sweden's greatest crime writers. Although it was good to find some new authors, I realized that short stories are just not for me. I would rather sink my teeth into a novel. But saying that, I did discover some new crime writers that I plan on investigating further.
Gail P
Aug 07, 2014 Gail P rated it really liked it
This anthology was interesting to me as I have much enjoyed reading many of the Swedish Authors. (in translation)

The quality of the stories is mixed with the best toward the last for the most part.

The best stories certainly deserve 4 stars.
Sep 02, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it
Short stories by contemporary Swedish crime writers. At least half by women and many quite good. So now I am looking some of them up to find out if I can get any of their books in translation.
Irina N
Sep 24, 2015 Irina N rated it liked it
There was actually one story in the collection that I thought was worth reading and it is not your typical crime novel. The one by Malin Persson Giolito. The rest was kind of so-so.
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John-Henri Holmberg (born 1949 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author, critic, publisher and translator, and a well-known science fiction fan. As editor and later publisher at Askild & Kärnekull, Lindfors, Bokförlaget Bra Böcker/Wiken and later with his own publishing house Replik he has introduced many current authors into Sweden, including several science fiction authors. He is a contributor to T ...more
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