Sunday, 23 April 2017
Anderson's detective conventionally investigates murders whereas Larsson's journalists investigate criminal activities that come to involve murders, police investigations and the intelligence services. Both series have, to this reader, exotic settings: San Francisco and Sweden, mainly Stockholm.
Larsson, a journalist, wrote only these three volumes of fiction whereas Anderson wrote - how many novels and short stories? One criterion of good fiction is that it can be read with pleasure and reread with increased pleasure. This is certainly true of Larsson's trilogy and of most works by Anderson. I have yet to read Murder In Black Letter and am not in any hurry to read the other two but I expect that they will eventually be reread and with increased pleasure.