Motive X: a mid-season Scandi thriller

Motive X is most definitely a story which starts in the middle. Amid the multiple plotlines there lurks a self-contained mystery of grisly killings, but that plot is almost overwhelmed by the series’ ongoing themes: the catastrophic domestic situation of police detective Fabian Risk and his dysfunctional family; the catastrophic personal life of his boss…

The Disappeared: substantial Scandinavian procedural

A solid Scandinavian police procedural, set in urban, modern Sweden, ‘The Disappeared’ is not your typical melancholic Nordic noir. The writing is plain and accessible; the style is matter of fact and occasionally straightforward to the point of being clumsy. But the author has constructed an intriguing mystery, one which successfully kept me involved throughout…

Arne Dahl: Sweden’s A-Team

Nordic noir comes in many forms, and the subtle, frequently understated style of Arne Dahl may not be to everyone’s tastes. Like many Scandinavian crime novels, this intelligent Swedish TV series is a blend of patient police procedural and seemingly mundane domesticity, which serve to give the stark moments of extreme violence all the more…