Wednesday, July 09, 2008


'Go west young man....." was the advice of Indiana newspaper man John Soule in 1851.
It could well apply to European fans of Scandinavian crime fiction today. 
The New York Yankees may be in a third place but the lucky inhabitants of the Big Apple have a real treat this July.

Scandinavia House's annual Summer Crime series has brought some of Scandinavia's best crime drama series to New York. From Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries to Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Detective Martin Beck novels.......

This July, Scandinavia House presents two award-winning drama series based on Norwegian crime writer Karin Fossum's  acclaimed Detective Konrad Sejer novels....Black Seconds and Beloved Poona [The Indian Bride in the USA, Calling Out For You in the UK].

Wednesdays at 6.30 pm and Thursdays at 2.30 pm this July $8 [$6 for American Scandinavian Foundation members]

The American-Scandinavian Foundation
@ Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets)
New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 879-9779

Episodes are 1 hour long and in Norwegian with English subtitles.

Full details here.


Blogger Kerrie said...

I loved the book. Hope the TV episodes find their way to Oz. Currently I've been watching a weekly dose of a French series called Spiral. Not sure if it is based on a book or not.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I watched Spiral a while ago and enjoyed it immensely but did not understand the ending. It was on very late and my recorder was not working so it was all over in a flash and I missed the point.
I had hoped it was from a book as well. I am reading at the moment a superb French thriller/detective story Lorraine Connection by Dominque Manotti and it would make an excellent TV series. It is one of the nominees for the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger but up against Stieg Larsson and and two time winner Fred Vargas.

6:41 AM  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

I've been watching spiral too. Its pretty good. Karin Fossum is hard to beat if you like 'em tense, tight and smart...And listen no more cracks about the New York Yankees, some of us take it all rather personally. Yeah, I know all the cool people like the Mets but some of us arent cool, ok?

12:26 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yanks mired, Mets dismal ... Let's see, the Red Sox are nouveau arrogant, the Braves are so 1990s. Are the Tampa Bay (no longer Devil) Rays the latest America's team?

I may have to rearrange my work schedule to get to see some of the Fossum series.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

2:00 AM  
Blogger Karen (Euro Crime) said...

I don't think Spiral is based on a book but a second series has been made and was being shown when I was in France recently - but not when I was able to watch and admire the lead male character (shallow, moi?).

10:32 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Adrian and Peter my first boss in exciting Luton had recently returned from working in Albany and LA and was a baseball fanatic. He was a Dodgers fan and kept on about Koufax and 1963, sorry Adrian.

Karen, and I seem to remember the investigating police officer in the first series of Spiral was a young very attractive woman. I must be shallow as well. ;0)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Wow, Koufax is a guy worth going on about. I'd have liked to hear about him.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

12:20 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I started work in 1968 and my boss Harold had just returned for about 5 years in the USA, therefore he saw Sandy Koufax at his best. Of course in 1965 he refused to play on Yom Kippur but still the Dodgers won the World Series.
A question to keep you occupied what is the connection between Grijpstra and De Grier, crime writer Chris Ewan and the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates?

1:28 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Let's see: Ewan wrote The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, Grijpstra and De Gier worked in Amsterdam, and the Pirates' roster included Rik Aalbert "Bert" Blyleven, who was born in the Netherlands.

There is a legend that after Don Drysdale was shelled in a game that Koufax could not start because of religious reasons, the manager, Walt Alston, said to Drysdale as he removed him from the game: "Why couldn't you have been Jewish instead of Koufax?"
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

2:09 PM  

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