Swedish detective fiction has an icy edge: The cold, the darkness and the brooding populace biding time in the snow add something singular to the genre, something that could only come from the kind of mystery writer whos spent too much time in the sauna. In fact, that hot, vaporous sensation runs through books like the best-selling Stieg Larssons enormously popular Lisbeth Salander trilogy: As steam rises, the plots run deep.
The late Larssons fine writing popularized the Swedish mystery here in America, but there are many others carrying on the tradition: Stockholm economist-turned-author Camilla Läckberg, for example, whose The Ice Princess, the first of a seven-book series set in the Swedish fishing village of Fjällbacka (Läckbergs home town), was released in the U.S. a couple of years ago. Its a solid story, featuring the team of biographer Erica Falck and detective Patrik Hedström, who investigate the death of a woman found frozen in her bathtub and fall in love along the way. Like we said, steam rises off the ice.
Läckberg will read from the paperback edition at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; if for no other reason, its worth getting a copy just to enjoy all those awesome umlauted Swedish names. For more information, call 303-322-7727 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Tue., March 29, 7:30 p.m., 2011