Last month Brian Oliver, Sports Editor of The Guardian, produced a list of the ten best modern European Crime Writers.
It was an idiosyncratic list and immediately had me searching my Oxford English Dictionary for a definition of modern [relating to present or recent past] because of the advanced age of several of those writers on the list. You would have to be an oldie like me to accept that 1975, the date of the last book in the Martin Beck series, as creeping in as recent past.
The list with year of birth:
Pierre Magnan 1922
Andrea Camilleri 1925
Maj Sjowall 1935 and Per Wahloo deceased
Petros Markaris 1937
Manuel Vazquez Montalban deceased
Jean-Claude Izzo deceased
Timothy Willams 1946
Henning Mankell 1948
Fred Vargas 1957
Arnaldur Indridason 1961
My own choice would have included Hakan Nesser 1950, Karin Fossum 1954 and Jo Nesbo 1960, but obviously in Europe the art of crime writing is considered something for the more mature author. Apart from Camilla Lackberg, I cannot think of any other big name crime author from Europe under forty.
But I expect there are some who have not yet been translated into English?