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I've got them all, and they're good reads not just ... to how the poor live in this archetypal welfare state.

I read the whole series (took awhile to track down "The Fire Engine That Disappeared"). I even bought a kid's CD so I could hear "The Laughing Policeman".

Gets you going, doesn't it. It was a favourite on BBC radio record request programmes (such as 'Family Favourites') when I was a kid well over 50 years ago, and it seems to have aged well.

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Gets you going, doesn't it. It was a favourite on BBC radio record request programmes (such as 'Family Favourites') when I was a kid well over 50 years ago, and it seems to have aged well.

Sure does. The only other song I can recall off the CD is about the teddy bears having a picnic.
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... Similarly, the series of crime thrillers by Maj Sjöwall ... to how the poor live in this archetypal welfare state.

As does Smilla's Sense of Snow, somewhat later on.

For values of "Sweden" that equal "Denmark".

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Henning Mankell, too.

Yes, he's good too, and writing about today's Sweden. But reading several in a row, as I recently did, makes ... also strikes me about these books, which were written in Swedish, is the clarity and simplicity of the English translations.

Yes, his lack of the essential equipment does seem unusual. I thnk he actually has more of a love life than Morse but it's supremely unsuccessful.

I guess that Mankell's prose style is pretty spare, which is very appropriate for the gloominess of the books. The translations vary, though. I can't remember the names of the translators offhand but I know I prefer the style of the male one to any of the several female ones.

My latest find is Fred Vargas, a French (female) crime author.

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Gets you going, doesn't it. It was a favourite on ... 50 years ago, and it seems to have aged well.

Sure does. The only other song I can recall off the CD is about the teddy bears having a picnic.

What? Not "Little Red Monkey"?
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As does Smilla's Sense of Snow, somewhat later on.

For values of "Sweden" that equal "Denmark".

Oops, of course, sorry all you Danes out there.
Is Fred Vargas in English translation?