They are among the most asked Library questions of the past year: "Do you have those books? You know the ones I'm talking about? The ones I see everyone reading. The Girl Who Played with Dragons? The Girl Who Kicked the Fire? The Girl with the Hornet's Nest Tattoo?"
For most of the past year the answer has always been the same: "I'd be happy to place a hold on those titles for you."
Library Land has been abuzz with Swedish mystery writers!
Not since death metal has there been a more popular export from this part of the world. This can largely be attributed to the remarkable posthumous success of Stieg Larsson.
When the third book in his Millennium Trilogy came out a few months ago it created a huge demand for the earlier books, as loyal fans went back to re-read the first two novels and new fans tried to find those books that everyone seemed to be reading on the subways. Add to that the release of the Swedish film adaptation of the first and second novel and the news that David Fincher planned to direct the Hollywood versions of the same. The demand was hard to meet.
The interest has spread. I received so many requests for Swedish mystery writers that I created a display of available titles in the branch. We have had trouble keeping copies on the shelves. Any Nordic whodunit is guaranteed to circulate.
If you want something else to read while waiting for the further adventures of Lisbeth Salander, or if you're finished with your Stieg Larsson fix and are ready to move on to something else, here is a Swedish mystery author list that should satisfy your needs: