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There are only three books in the dark, moody crime series by the late Stieg Larsson.  Fortunately, there are books and movies with similar themes.  GRRL staff members who have read the books and seen the movies have come up with different ideas of the appeal.  You decide which titles in this list most closely match your taste.

A beautiful place to die Cover
Malla Nunn
When an Afrikaans police captain is murdered in a small South African country town, Detective Emmanuel Cooper must navigate his way through the labyrinthine racial and social divisions that split the community
FIC Nun
Mar 31, 2011
Angel heart Cover
Mickey Rourke
Robert De Niro
A down on his luck detective travels from the tough streets of Brooklyn, to the hot jazz clubs of New Orleans, and finally to voodoo rituals in the swamps of Louisiana
Horror
Mar 31, 2011
Assassins of Athens Cover
Jeffrey Siger
When the body of a boy from one of Greece's prominent families turns up in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the special crimes division is certain there's a message in the murder. But who sent it and why?
FIC Sig
Mar 31, 2011
Black seconds Cover
Karin Fossum
Charlotte Barslund
A little girl has vanished without a trace and Inspector Sejer must find her before it's too late
FIC Fos
Mar 31, 2011
Borkmann's point Cover
Håkan Nesser
A wealthy real-estate mogul is brutally murdered with an axe in the quiet coastal town of Kaalbringen, apparently the second victim of a serial killer. Chief Inspector van Veeteren is summoned to assist the local authorities. But as the investigation proceeds there seems to be nothing to link the mogul with the first victim, a seedy ex-con. Another body is discovered, again with no apparent connection to the others, and the pressure mounts. Then there's a fourth murder...
FIC Nes
Feb 7, 2011
Changeling Cover
Clint Eastwood
Working-class suburban Los Angeles, 1928. Christine says goodbye to her son, Walter, and departs for work. Arriving home, Christine discovers that Walter is nowhere to be found. Christine launches a desperate a search for her son. Then, a boy claiming to be Christine's son appears out of thin air. Knowing the boy is not hers, Christine invites the child to stay in her home. Christine cannot accept the injustice being pushed upon her and continues to challenge the Los Angeles police force at every turn.
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
Child 44 Cover
Tom Rob Smith
Robert Harris meets Gorky Park in Child 44, Tom Rob Smith's stunning thriller--sure to be one of the most talked about debut novels of the year.
FIC Smi
Mar 31, 2011
Copycat Cover
Sigourney Weaver
Holly Hunter
The film features the desperate hunt for a mass murderer with an elusive m.o.: he copies serial killers of the recent past.
Action
Mar 31, 2011
Faceless killers Cover
Henning Mankell
The murder of a farming couple in Sweden unleashes a wave of xenophobia when it is learned that the woman's dying words were "foreigner." The case is given to Inspector Kurt Wallander, a lover of opera and booze. Part crime story, part look at the attitude of Swedes to immigrants.
FIC Man
Feb 5, 2011
Frozen Assets Cover
Quentin Bates
"A body is found floating in the harbor of a rural Icelandic fishing village. Was it an accident, or something more sinister? It's up to Officer Gunnhildur, a sardonic female cop, to find out. Her investigation uncovers a web of corruption connected to Iceland's business and banking communities."--FantasticFiction.com
FIC Bat
Apr 1, 2011
God's mercy = Guds barmhärtighet Cover
Kerstin Ekman
Linda Schenck
When Hillevi, a young, inexperienced midwife, moves from the university town of Uppsala to the wilderness of Svartvattnet (Blackwater) to be with her unofficial fiancé, she is ill prepared for what awaits her. In this frigid, austere, and isolated territory, she encounters the overwhelming and unpredictable forces of nature and demoralizing poverty and ignorance while also gaining access to the unfamiliar world of nomadic Sami reindeer herders. A single traumatic event, never fully confronted, has devastating and far-reaching repercussions, but Hillevi also finds unexpected warmth and love.
FIC Ekm
Apr 4, 2011
High crimes Cover
Ashley Judd
Claire is a high-powered attorney whose perfect life comes crashing down around her when her husband is chardged with high crimes of murder. Enlisting the aid of a shrewd military attorney, Claire will risk her career and even her life to find out the truth.
Action
Mar 31, 2011
Hypothermia Cover
1961- Arnaldur Indriðason
Victoria Cribb
Unofficially investigating a suspicious suicide, Inspector Erlendur becomes increasingly unsettled by the unsolved cases of two young people who went missing decades earlier under circumstances tied to his own past
FIC Arn
Mar 31, 2011
Indemnity only Cover
Sara Paretsky
This is the first book in a great series. Hired by the head of Chicago's biggest bank to find his son's missing girlfriend, private investigator V.I. Warshawski soon finds herself up against the worst of the city's white-collar criminals in a fight to save the life of an innocent young woman.
FIC MY Par
Apr 4, 2011
Kill Bill, volume 1 Cover
Uma Thurman
Lucy Liu
Vivica A. Fox
Four years after taking a bullet in the head at her own wedding, the bride emerges from a coma and decides its time for payback ... with a vengeance. Having been gunned down by her former boss and his deadly squad of international assassins, it's a kill-or-be-killed fight. She didn't start this deadly series of events, but she is definitely determined to finish the business.
Action
Mar 31, 2011
Kiss the girls Cover
Morgan Freeman
Ashley Judd
Washington DC detective Dr. Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) travels to North Carolina to investigate the apparent kidnapping of his niece (Gina Ravera). Aided by escaped kidnapee Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd), Cross hunts down the kidnapper, who operates under the pseudonym "Cassanova".
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
Lucifer's tears Cover
James Thompson
Kari Vaara, physically and psychologically scarred a year after the Sufia Elmi case, investigates a ninety-year-old national hero for suspected war crimes, an effort that is complicated by the murder of a Russian businessman's wife.
FIC Tho
Mar 31, 2011
Red wolf : a novel Cover
Liza Marklund
In the middle of the freezing winter, a journalist is murdered in the northern Swedish town of Lulea. Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon suspects that the killing is linked to an attack against an air base in the late sixties. Annika continues her investigation of the death, which is soon followed by a series of shocking murders. Annika quickly finds herself drawn into a spiral of terrorism and violence centered around a small communist group called The Beasts. Meanwhile, her marriage starts to slide, and in the end she is not only determined to find out the truth, but also forced to question her own husband's honesty.
FIC Mar
Mar 31, 2011
Roseanna [e-book] Cover
Maj Sjöwall
The first book in the Martin Beck mystery series. Follow Swedish detective Beck as he works to solve a woman's mysterious murder.
Ebook
Feb 7, 2011
Shoot to thrill Cover
P. J Tracy
Buck Schirner
When Minneapolis homicide cops are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see a bride, facedown, dead in the water. But it's not long before the Monkeewrench Crew discovers a frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet.
FIC Tra
Mar 31, 2011
Smilla's sense of snow Cover
If you liked the strong, quirky heroine in Larsson's books, you may like this. When a young boy from Greenland falls from the top of the house Smilla lives in, she suspects that this was not an accident. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. You may also enjoy the book by Peter Hoeg.
Drama
Feb 5, 2011
Snow angels Cover
James Thompson
Kaamos: Just before Christmas, the bleakest time of the year in Lapland. The unrelenting darkness and extreme cold above the Arctic Circle drive everyone just a little insane . . . perhaps enough to kill. A beautiful Somali immigrant is found dead in a snowfield, her body gruesomely mutilated, a racial slur carved into her chest. Heading the murder investigation is Inspector Kari Vaara, the lead detective of the small-town police force. The vicious killing may have been a hate crime, a sex crime-or one and the same.
FIC Tho
Mar 31, 2011
The abominable man Cover
Maj Sjöwall
Per Wahlöö
The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horribly brutal brand of strong-arm police work. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As Beck is gripped by an increasing feeling of impending danger, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption.
FIC Sjo
Apr 4, 2011
The black path Cover
Åsa Larsson
Marlaine Delargy
The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because the dead woman—found in workout clothes with lacy underwear beneath them—was a key player in a mining company whose tentacles reach across the globe. Anna-Maria needs a lawyer to help explain some things—and she knows one of the best--attorney Rebecka Martinsson.
FIC Lar
Mar 31, 2011
The bone collector Cover
Angelina Jolie
Denzel Washington
A bed-ridden homicide cop teams with a young rookie to catch a deranged serial killer
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
The demon of Dakar Cover
Kjell Eriksson
Ebba Segerberg
Kjell Eriksson
Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner's reputation is equally murky.
FIC Eri
Apr 4, 2011
The devotion of suspect X Cover
Keigo Higashino
Alexander O Smith
Elye J Alexander
Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko's next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the cover-up as well
FIC Hig
Mar 31, 2011
The first horseman Cover
John Case
An investigative reporter makes a shocking discovery about a deadly virus, a lethal form of influenza that killed more than fifty million people in 1918, that is making a dramatic reappearance in North Korea.
FIC Cas
Apr 4, 2011
The ghost writer Cover
Roman Polanski
Ewan McGregor
When a gifted ghostwriter is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue. Lang is implicated in a scandal over his administration's harsh tactics, and as the ghostwriter digs into the politician's past, he discovers secrets that threaten to jeopardize international relations forever
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
The ice princess Cover
Camilla Läckberg [author]
Steven T Murray [translator]
After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case
FIC Lac
Feb 7, 2011
The informationist [electronic resource] : a thriller Cover
Taylor Stevens
Dealing information to wealthy clients throughout the world, Vanessa Munroe hopes to leave her unconventional past behind her until a mission to find the missing daughter of a Texas oil billionaire forces her to return to the central Africa region of her youth
Ebook
Mar 31, 2011
The inner circle Cover
Mari Jungstedt
Tiina Nunnally
Working on an archaeological dig to uncover an ancient Viking fortification on the Swedish island of Gotland, a group of students becomes caught up in a web of horror when a young woman turns up dead, naked, and hanging from a tree, the victim of a ritual killing.
FIC Jun
Apr 4, 2011
The pelican brief Cover
Julia Roberts
Denzel Washington
Two Supreme Court justices have been murdered. A lone law student turns her suspicions about the deaths into a speculative brief that sends shock waves into the highest levels of government. She finds herself embroiled in a terrifying web of intrigue extending to the highest levels of government. She writes a speculative legal brief exposing the activities of a powerful oil magnate. With the help of Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, they suspect a good friend of the president is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court.
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
The preacher Cover
Camilla Läckberg
The discovery of two murder victims who were killed twenty years earlier is complicated by the body of a third, recent victim at the same location, a case that compels detective Patrik Hedstrom to investigate a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics, and criminals.
FIC Lac
May 4, 2011
The princess of Burundi Cover
Kjell Eriksson
When a jogger stumbles upon the mutilated body of the local reformed troublemaker, Inspector Ann Lindell takes time off from maternity leave to uncover the killer and is drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a vicious murderer.
FIC Eri
Feb 10, 2011
The scarecrow Cover
Michael Connelly
Peter Giles
Newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to use his final days at the LA Times to write the definitive murder story of his career. Focusing on the case of Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus and that the real killer is operating completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him
FIC Con
Mar 31, 2011
The shadow woman : an Inspector Erik Winter novel Cover
Åke Edwardson
Per Carlsson
It's August and the annual Gothenburg Party is in full swing. But this year the bacchanalian blowout is simmering with ethnic discord spurred by nativist gangs. When a woman is found murdered in the park-her identity as inscrutable as the blood-red symbol on the tree above her body-Winter's search for her missing child leads him from sleek McMansions to the Gothenburg fringes, where "northern suburbs" is code for "outsider" and the past is inescapable-even for Sweden's youngest chief inspector.
FIC Edw
Apr 4, 2011
The silence of the lambs Cover
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins
An FBI cadet must confide in an imprisoned serial killer to capture another killer.
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
The snowman Cover
Jo Nesbø
The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother's pink scarf. Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.
FIC Nes
Mar 31, 2011
The troubled man Cover
Henning Mankell
Laurie Thompson - translator
When Kurt Wallander is called into the case of the disappearance of a retired naval officer, coincidentally his daughter's future father-in-law, he becomes embroiled in a story of Cold War espionage.
FIC Man
Apr 1, 2011
Three seconds Cover
Anders Roslund
Börge Hellström
Christopher Lane
Piet Hoffman is the Swedish police's most valuable secret operative. His cover is that of a lieutenant inside the ruthless Polish mafia trying to take over amphetamine distribution within Sweden's prison system. When a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in the cold-blooded killing of a police informant, the investigation, assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens, leads to a string of unsolved cases in which key information has been withheld
FIC Ros
Mar 31, 2011
Untraceable Cover
Jennifer Marsh is an FBI secret service agent who gets caught up in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer. The killer knows that people are drawn to the curious and the dark side of things. They will log onto an 'untraceable' website where the killer conducts violent and painful murders live on the internet. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies.
Drama
Mar 31, 2011
Wallander Cover
Kenneth Branagh
Returns with Wallander in the next set of thrilling tales set in the beautiful landscape of southern Sweden. These stories follow Kurt Wallander, a sensitive but brilliant detective, a man who takes each murder case he works on personally and will stop at nothing in his search for the truth, even at the expense of his health and his family life. Beautifully filmed, Wallander is a compelling series featuring an extremely likeable and entirely believable character and bold, powerful stories
Drama
Feb 5, 2011
What is mine Cover
Anne Holt [author]
Kari Dickson [translator]
Norway police commissioner Stubo teams up with troubled FBI profiler Johanna Vik for an investigation into the disappearances and murders of several young children.
FIC Hol
Feb 7, 2011
Woman with birthmark Cover
Håkan Nesser
Laurie Thompson
Detective Van Veeteren and his associates are left bewildered by the curious murder of a man shot twice in the heart and twice below the belt. Revenge seems to be the motive, in this chilling novel filled with deception, blackmail, and murder.
FIC Nes
Apr 4, 2011
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