Scandinavian Crime Novels

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup
Translated from the Danish by Caroline Waight
US Release Date: September 3, 2019


This title received a lot of buzz in the Danish press upon its release in Denmark as Sveistrup is the creator and writer of the popular TV show The Killing and has many other TV and film writing credits to his name. And the Danish reviews lived up to all the buzz, culminating in Sveistrup winning The Danish Crime Academy’s (Det Danske Kriminal Akademi) award for best first novel in 2019.

Early reviews here is the US look equally positive, with Kirkus calling it “one of the best and scariest crime novels of the year.” So this may be a good one to recommend to library patrons looking for their next dose of Nordic Noir.

If you want to go deeper: The February 4, 2019 episode (Ep. 24) of the Metro Book Chat podcast has a wonderful interview with Sveistrup (in English) in which he talks about his creative and writing processes and how he uses this genre to explore personal fears and experiences. It’s a great listen and I highly recommend it.

Looking forward: I just found out that one of my favorite Scandinavian series is coming out in English. The first of Katrine Engberg’s delightful, suspenseful series will come out here in January 2020. The first book is called The Tenant in English and I will be sure to remind everyone as the publication date approaches.

And now for something completely different: I have been wanting to read more in the Sci Fi/Fantasy genre and I found a fantastic book called Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It features strong female characters working together and with their families to overcome obstacles and I loved it. No Scandinavian connection but there is lots of snow and ice in this tale!

Please leave a comment with your thoughts or any book recommendations. I’d love to hear from you.