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In search of the next Stieg Larsson

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(Read caption) Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson didn't live to see the spectacular success of his Millennium trilogy – although he is reported to have said that he was counting on the books as his "retirement fund."

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Not so long ago, the concept of a Scandinavian thriller seemed rather exotic. Today, however, with The New York Times reporting that Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy – including "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire," and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" – has sold 6 million copies in the United States and 35 million copies worldwide, nothing could seem more mainstream.

But now here comes the summer – season of the thriller – and there are no more Larsson titles to follow. (The Swedish journalist died shortly before the publication of his books.) And the big question seems to be: Where will readers turn after the Millennium trilogy?

The New York Times and The Washington Post have both suggested Scandinavian alternatives, including fellow Swedish authors Camilla Läckberg and Henning Mankell, Norwegian writers Jo Nesbø and Karin Fossum, and Iceland's Arnalder Indridason.


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