The Andalucian Friend Sorry, IKEA meatballs — you've officially been replaced by literary thrillers as Sweden's top cultural export. Söderberg is the latest to join the umlauted empire… The Andalucian Friend Sorry, IKEA meatballs — you've officially been replaced by literary thrillers as Sweden's top cultural export. Söderberg is the latest to join the umlauted empire… 2013-03-12 Fiction Crown
Book Review

The Andalucian Friend (2013)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 12, 2013; Writer: Alexander Soderberg; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Crown

Sorry, IKEA meatballs — you've officially been replaced by literary thrillers as Sweden's top cultural export. Söderberg is the latest to join the umlauted empire led by Larsson, Läckberg, Mankell, et al., and like many of his peers he's working a long game: The Andalucian Friend is the first in a projected trilogy. Also like many of them, he leads with a strong female — not a steely detective or a tattooed hacker, but a young widowed nurse living quietly with her son in a Stockholm suburb. Enter Hector Guzman, a mysterious, requisitely sexy patient in her ward, who abruptly plunges her into a criminal underworld that stretches from Russia to Paraguay. The sprawling cast and slow-burn plotting may frustrate some, but Söderberg rewards patience with subtler thrills — and an excellent vicarious passport. A-

Originally posted Mar 06, 2013 Published in issue #1249 Mar 08, 2013 Order article reprints