If you think Stieg Larsson is the end of the line in Swedish crime writing, think again. Recently, readers in the states finally got their hands on the English translation of Never Fuck Up, the second novel by Jens Lapidus, an honest-to-goodness criminal defense lawyer in Sweden who also happens to be a stellar writer and a major bestseller. In honor of Never Fuck Up, translated by Astri von Arbin Ahlander, which has already been adapted into a popular Swedish film (and is on its way to being an American film too), Flavorwire asked Lapidus to weigh in on some great crime novels that also made great films. Check out his suggestions after the jump, and weigh in on any that he missed in the comments.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
I’m pretty damn tired of foreign journalists asking me what I think about Stieg Larsson. Still, I’m deeply grateful to him; doors have opened like never before for me and my fellow writers from Sweden. We all know that good books don’t automatically make for good movies, but The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo won’t let you down (I’m thinking primarily of Niels Arden Oplev’s Swedish version, but David Fincher’s American version makes the cut, too.) The casting and pacing is pitch perfect. And it’s just as terrifying as you fear (and hope) it will be.