The conventional wisdom on globalisation is that it produces a flat world in which everybody consumes the same bland products in the same bland settings: a universal airport lounge. But the Nordic crime writers understand that the more interconnected the world is, the more people crave a sense of place—the more distinctive and unusual the better. Mr Nesbo provides us with maps of Oslo and obscure details of Norwegian history. Mr Indridason entertains us with descriptions of Icelandic delicacies such as sheep’s head and pickled haggis. That Wallander copes with horrific crimes in small-town Ystad rather than a big nowhere like Los Angeles is essential to his appeal […] The Scandinavians are in general more interested in the sociology of crime than in the goriness of it.
Schumpeter, “Those bloody Scandinavians: What the Nordic crime-writing boom says about globalisation”