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The Crow Girl’s Authors Recommend the Best in Scandi-Noir

Posted on 13th October 2017 by Martha Greengrass

Eric Axl Sund, the name behind our darkly compelling Thriller of the Month for October The Crow Girl, is actually the pen name for authorial duo Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. Here, the two authors debate the pros and cons of a writing partnership and recommend their choice of the best Scandinavian noir.

Writing four-handed is not always easy. You have to trust each other, put the prestige aside. But, when it works, it's amazing. Two brains working with the same text, towards the same goal. We are very different in many ways, which means that we often complement each other, but at the same time it creates conflict areas. It's a lot like making music together. We switch roles between rhythm section (bass + drums) and lead singer. When one of us screams loudly, the other one adjusts and lowers the voice.

One big advantage is that we are each other's editors and critics. We are often only meters away from each other so it is possible to get immediate response to a text. We will immediately know if a text works or not.

The downside, of course, is that we have to share royalties! 

 

The Invisible Man from Salem by Christoffer Carlsson Creepy and uncomfortable reading.

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A young woman is shot dead in her apartment. Three floors above, the blue lights of the police cars awaken Leo Junker, a long-time police officer. Leo works in the internal affairs division as the lowliest form of officer - a spy. Leo is even lower, however, having been suspended after committing a terrible mistake. He can't stay away for long.
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The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö - Another writing partnership and the champions and pioneers of the genre.

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The third book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing.
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The Father by Anton Svensson - A horribly believable domestic thriller.

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An unforgettable, thrilling crime novel of how three brothers came to be Sweden's most wanted criminals, inspired by the unbelievable true story and written by the fourth brother.
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Voices by Arnaldur Indridason - Dark and moody, with wonderful characters.

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A REYKJAVIK MURDER MYSTERY. It is a few days before Christmas and a Reykjavik doorman and occasional Santa Claus, Gudlauger, has been found stabbed to death in his hotel room in a sexually compromising position.
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And coming next year to the UK in May, don't miss Yrsa Sigurdadóttir's The Reckoning  a hugely exciting, densely plotted, multifaceted and compelling thriller.

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