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Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

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Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

We will be travelling to the west coast of Norway in 2014 (doing the Hurtigruten). One of the ways that I prepare for a first-time trip to some place I've not visited before is to read the fiction, in particular the crime fiction (i.e., mystery writers), of the country. I have already read some works by Jo Nesbo and by Anne Holt from Norway. Does anyone have any recommendations for other Norwegian authors?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

Karl Ove Knausgårg and Jørn Lier Horst, http://www.jlhorst.com

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Pernille Rygg

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Gunnar Staalesen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varg_Veum

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Knut Hamsen. Not crime fiction but stories of everyday life in rural Norway around the turn of the 20th century. Several of his best known ones take place in communities along the coast of Nordland, between Trondheim and Lofoten. e.g. Mysteries, Wayfarers, The Wanderer, Victoria, The Women at the Pump. You will visit many of these places on your Hurtigruten voyage.

Migration to North America is a theme in many of the stories which you might also find particularly interesting.

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5. Re: Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

Thank you to everyone who responded. This is all really helpful.

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6. Re: Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

The author I recommended is Knut Hamsun by the way, not Hamsen as in my previous post.

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7. Re: Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

Unni Lindell and Karin Fossum are two other good ones.

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Tom Egeland:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Egeland

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Jo Nesbø is popular in many countries, and the favourite of my American step-mother. His latest novel "Police" has been widely acclaimed: http://jonesbo.com/

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10. Re: Favourite Norwegian Mystery Writers?

Again, many thanks to all of you. I now have a list that I can work on over the winter.