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Stieg Larsson (2009) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Part 1 of the Millennium Trilogy. [Audio Book]

Publisher Mikael Blomkvist's accuses a prominent Swedish business leader of corruption. His story is exposed as fraud and Blomkvist faces jail. He retreats to a small island supposedly for writing a biography, but he is actually hired to solve a family mystery. The best thriller series in recent years.

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Stieg Larsson (2008) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Publisher Mikael Blomkvist ran a story accusing a prominent Swedish business leader of corruption. But the story is exposed as fraud and Blomkvist faces jail. He temporarily retreats to a small island supposedly for writing another industry leader's biography, but is actually hired to solve a family mystery. This multi-layered mystery is one of the smartest thrillers in recent years.

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Stieg Larsson (2010) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Part 3 of Millennium Trilogy. [Audia Book]

Third part of the millenium trilogy. Smart, original, unconventional, superb. (I actually missed a train station listening to the story).

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Stieg Larsson (2010) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

Complex, satisfying, intelligent, extraordinary! Stieg Larsson's last thriller before his early death.

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Henning Mankell (2004) The Fifth Woman.

In one of the best thrillers of the Kurt Wallander series the Swedish detective is trying to cope with the death of his father, while he struggles to make sense of a series of seemingly unrelated, brutal killings in southern Sweden. He uncovers the ties that bind these murders to killings in Algeria, many years ago.

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Stieg Larsson (2009) The Girl Who Played With Fire. Part 2 of the Millennium Trilogy. [Audio Book]

Crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and weird Lisbeth Salander once again team up to hunt down a sinister criminal enterprise. Larsson's second break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller is smart and crackles with stunning twists.

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Stieg Larsson (2009) The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and weird Lisbeth Salander once again team up to hunt down a sinister criminal enterprise. Larsson's second break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller is smart and crackles with stunning twists.

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Henning Mankell (2006) Before the Frost.

Atmospheric thriller about a religious fanatic on a murder spree. In his latest Kurt Wallander crime novel, Henning Mankell describes a secret world of religious extremists in peaceful southern Sweden, who are bent on punishing the world's sinners.

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Henning Mankell (2004) The Dogs of Riga.

Kurt Wallander, the stoic Swedish detective is investigating the murders of two unidentified men washed up on the Swedish coast in an inflatable dinghy. It leads him into the dangerous underworld of government corruption characteristic of Soviet-style totalitarian regimes. Scandinavian police work at the aftermath of the Soviet Union collapse.

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Johan Theorin (2009) The Darkest Room: A Novel.

This excellent plot is deeply disturbing: A young couple, Joakim and Katrine, with two children is trying to make a new home in an old manor house on a desolate island. One day Joakim comes home to discover that Katrine has drowned in shallow water near Eel Point's twin lighthouses.

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