Funnily enough, when I wrote a large 2000-word feature on Swedish Crime for the August 2009 issue of Good Reading magazine, I thought at the time that I was being pretty late on the uptake. But even now, months later, big-name newspapers and magazines around the globe are still hopping on the Swedish crime bandwagon, finding new ways to make the ongoing success 'newsy'. In yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald there was an interesting article at looking whether Swedish crime, with it's brutality and violence, is actually 'lifting the lid' on the truth about Sweden, which is generally thought of as a pleasant and peaceful place.
In the article, "A very, very dark side", Stephen Armstrong writes that "Larsson, as with [Swedish stand-up comic] Betner and Mankell, spends much of the time pulling apart the stereotype of happy-ever-after, perfectly educated, socially democratic and joyfully tolerant Swedes enjoying wild sex lives and perfectly cooked meatballs."
You can read the rest of this interesting article, here.
So, what do you think of Swedish crime? Is it strange to have such dark tales set in what was previously perceived to be a very peaceful place? Or is it merely the fact that everywhere has an underbelly - some just more hidden than others? Is Larsson lifting the lid on the truth beneath the facade? Thoughts and comments welcome.