Stockholm Noir: Sweden’s sleazy side


StockholmForget the superficially shiny side of Scandi crime and the clean-cut appearance of IKEA Sweden. This high-class anthology set in Sweden’s capital city exposes the queasy realities of social inequality, soul-diminishing isolation, bigotry and brutality in thirteen separate stories that offer an unflinchingly grim picture of the Scandinavian urban environment. This is midnight noir indeed – but the editors skilfully balance this collection of previously unpublished, contemporary tales with slices of satire, sardonic observations and even a sprinkling of supernatural whimsy. So it’s not all relentless misery…

Stockholm Noir is divided into three topics – crime and punishment, fear and darkness, and the brutality of beasts – which explore extensive territory in the landscape of crime fiction. The anthology includes paranoid psychological chillers, police procedurals and gangland justice alongside a couple of tales of the unexpected which twist brilliantly in the final lines. It pays homage to the hardboiled noir…

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