Renowned Swedish Crime Writers

While writing has been popular in Europe for a prolonged period, Swedish crime writing is a genre that has continuously gained popularity. Formerly, it had been dormant due to lack of adequate translation into other languages. But over time, Swedish crime writers have invested into translations hence expanding their market.

In this article, we have briefly highlighted some of the famous Swedish crime writers presently.

1.    Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

Through their book published in 1971, The Abominable Man, these two Swedish crime writers have outlined a story of an investigation following the murder of a senior police officer. There were speculations that this particular officer had been involved in multiple brutality actions. It is during these investigations that a man who has armed himself climbs up on a roof.

2.    Henning Mankell

Henning is a Swedish author known for his crime works in the novel ‘One Step Behind.’ Published in 1997, One Step Behind depicts an era during the rule of Gustavus III. One man and two ladies are murdered using a gun, and their bodies disposed of only to be found half-eaten by animals. The entire story builds upon investigation by a character named Wallander, where the murderer is always a step ahead of him.

3.    Kerstin Ekman

Blackwater, which was published in 1993, is a crime based book written by Kerstin. It is based on a real-life story describing various crime scenes. It has been popular in Europe for a long time, having won multiple awards including the Nordic Council Literature Prize.

4.    Mari Jungstedt

Mari, who is a Swedish author, has written several books, Unseen being one of them. It is based on a fictional story where a young couple, Johan and Emma, are involved in a murder case. Gotland is the plot’s locality, and you will undoubtedly fall in love with the entire story. Mari is a noble writer whose events are well thought and laid out.


Swedish crime writing has mostly become widespread due to the availability of such books in English and other languages. While some authors significantly contributed to the genreā€™s growth, we would say that the style is traditionally based.

If you’d like to learn about Swedish Crime Writers, check out this interview with author Henning Mankell.

If you love books about Crime and Mystery and would love to explore writing your own, check out our article about Finding a Local Writer’s Group.