Too much romance and too little police work in today’s thrillers, says architect of modern Scandinavian crime thrillersThe grandmother of Scandinavian crime writing has said her counterparts today are too concerned with screen adaptations of their work and “are not about police work and crime, but very much about love and relationships – like girls’ books”.Maj Sjöwall wrote the 10 bestselling Martin Beck novels with her partner in life and writing Per Wahlöö over a decade from 1965. Together they invented the Swedish police procedural, preparing the ground for authors such as Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, and TV series such as The Bridge and The Killing.By the time of the 10th novel, The Terrorists, Wahlöö was ailing: he died in 1975, aged 49, before the book came out. Now 77, Sjöwall has barely written a detective story since: there has been a short story and another cowritten book, but mainly she has worked as a translator. “It’s a bit boring to go on writing the same kind of novel. I don’t want to publish any more. I don’t want to be part of this circus.”The Martin Beck novels – although they were bestsellers and eventually became the basis for …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books