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Sweden’s Stieg Larsson helped create a new genre: crime novels with a conscience. But if you prefer them lighter and non-PC, hop across the border

By Andrew Anthony   January 2011

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo, (Harvill Secker, £12.99)

Not long ago, if you wanted to read about serial killers, social corruption and moral despair the only place to turn to was American crime fiction. Thanks to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell (creator of Kurt Wallander), over the last decade the action has decisively shifted to Sweden. Instead of New York, Los Angeles and Florida, nowadays the settings for a crime novel’s murderous sprees are more likely to be Stockholm, Gothenburg and the province of Skåne.

If Sweden, that model of a fair society, could make itself a plausible home for…

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