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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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Anne
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
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Steve
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
Sandra
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
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Anna
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
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Kristine Brancolini
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
Vicky
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.
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
Lena
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
Jana
Pěkně sestavená ochutnávka Švédů. Přiznám se, že některé kusy se mi hodně nelíbily, ale na druhou stranu se rozšířil seznam "Authors To Read". :)
Diane
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
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
Mark
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
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Richard
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
Laura
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.
Matej
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.
Kristina
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
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Sandra
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.
Jean Browne
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
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.
Lynn
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.
Saima
Anthology includes a never published short story by Stieg Larsson which he wrote when he was a teenager. The collaborative story by Henning Mankell and Hakan Nesser should be a full length novel!
Kathryn Cody
Bought this as a special on audible. I was disappointed as way too commentary which came across as advertisement. I don't want writers in depth resume! Distracted from the stories many of which were good.
Mirrordance
Nonostante non ami i racconti ho scelto il libro per la necessità di avere piccole letture da terminare in poco tempo e perchè ero curiosa del "fenomeno svezia" nell'ambito di questo genere letterario. Devo dire che la svezia attraverso la lettura di questi libri, così come anche attraverso la sua cinematografia, appare assai diversa da quello che era il mio immaginario sui paesi nordici. Paesi tolleranti e ordinati, patria di welfare e diritti che invece ci appaiono cupi e claustrofobici. Perso ...more
Ellen
This is a great collection of short mystery stories. After getting hooked by the Swedish tv version of "The Bridge," I saw this at the library and immediately grabbed it. I did enjoy the Dragon Tattoo books a few years ago, so this collection provided a good sampling of other Swedish authors for me to seek out in the future.
Marguerite Czajka
It's hard to review a collection from different authors. Some stories I liked a lot, some were just okay. Quite a few have ambiguous endings.
Barb
I'm a sucker for Swedish crime stories (don't ask me why!) and this short story selection from Sweden's best crime writers is a great collection!
Kevin
Awesome survey of Swedish crime writing. some stories are better than others obviously, but many are not otherwise available in English. and it will give you many solid tips on who next to read.
Patricia
A mix of crime stories by Swedish authors. All quite different and I liked some better than others.
The Twins
Some of the short stories were really good but some only average. What I really liked was to be introduced to new Swedish crime writers I wasn't aware of before.
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