Watching You: a masterclass of misdirection

In Watching You, one of the Nordic nations’ premier crime writers delivers a masterclass of misdirection and suspense. Arne Dahl – or Jan Arnald, if you prefer his other pen-name – kicks off what appears to be a standard Scandi crime police procedural with a stand-out, set piece action sequence which simultaneously curls your toes…

Europa Blues: Swedish brilliance

There’s good Nordic noir. And there’s excellent Eurocrime. And there’s outstandingly accomplished crime writing which uses the genre to illustrate greater human truths, to bend perceptions, to shine light on subjects most folk would rather leave unseen in silent shadows. The Intercrime / A-unit series of police procedurals does all of the above. Europa Blues,…

An evening with author Arne Dahl

Best-selling Swedish crime author Arne Dahl opened the Wells Festival of Literature last Friday, discussing the secrets of Nordic noir. Perfect timing; the fourth novel in Dahl’s Intercrime series, Europa Blues, has just been published in English and the second season of the TV adaptation starts next weekend on BBC4. As his regular readers might’ve…