Thursday, February 20, 2014

France Takes Sweden's Crime Fiction Mantle

Via The Local:

Move over Kalle Blomqvist and Kurt Wallander, it's time for Sweden to pass the crime fiction thriller torch to France, where the writers are exploding onto the English-language crime thriller scene.

After the international success of Scandinavian crime writing, France's own small army of fictional detectives and amateur sleuths is sparking unprecedented interest from English-language publishers on the lookout for the next big thing.

Christopher MacLehose, who discovered the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson for an international readership, says that after years on the sidelines, French crime writers are finally moving "center stage".

"I think there is a wide feeling that Scandinavian crime which was a byword until very recently for potentially best selling crime fiction has tailed off", the founder of the London-based MacLehose Press told AFP.

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