I loved reading Stieg Larsson’s trilogy about Lisbeth Salander the emotionally damaged but brilliant computer hacker, starting with the Girl with the Dragoon Tatoo, which has now come out on film. I went to see it yesterday – the book has been really well adapted, although slightly simplified to make it more straightforward, and Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are played to perfection by Noomi Rapace and Michale Nyqvist.
The Economist this week reviews Scandinavian crime fiction (thanks to Ario for pointing this out to me, knowing I am such a fan of the genre). According to this review ‘three factors underpin the success of Nordic crime fiction: language, heroes and setting’, and of course also the straightforwardness, which is almost simple. nevertheless, there is also in the Larsson books a character development that is often absent from the more simple and straightforward crime thrillers. I have reviewed the Stieg Larsson books already, so will not follow up on this again.
Recently I have recorded the odd Wallander on tv and have watched an episode every so often, when at the end of a long day I had little energy left and all I wanted to do was occupy my brain with something, not exactly brain numbing but interesting without requiring too much energy, and that is what the Wallander series delivers. So I will now add the Mankell books to my list – yes, I am a convert to Scandinavian crime fiction, definitely.