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In search of the next Stieg Larsson

Summer is the perfect time for an engrossing international thriller, but how do you top "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?

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Here at the Monitor our summer reading guide is also light on Scandinavians – but that doesn't mean that we're being provincial. Among new releases, our favorite mysteries include "Faithful Place" by Tana French (set in Dublin), "City of Veils" by Zoe Ferraris (set in Saudi Arabia), "Agents of Treachery" edited by Otto Penzler (with stories set all around the world), and "The Spy" by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (set in the World War I-era US).

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Other international thrillers our reviewers have recommended include "The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Barcelona), "Fieldwork" by Mischa Berlinski (Thailand), "The Summer Snow" by Rebecca Pawel (Fascist Spain), "The Rainaldi Quartet" by Paul Adam (Italy), and "The Exception" by Christian Jungersen (this book is set in Copenhagan – our nod to Scandi-mania).

Meanwhile, the US press coverage of the Scandinavian mystery genre is becoming almost as entertaining to read as the books themselves. The best quote appeared in The New York Times, which interviewed Gerry Donaghy, the new-book purchasing supervisor, at Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore. Powell's employees have given the books of the Millennium trilogy a new nickname. “We call them ‘The Girl Who’s Paying Our Salaries for the Next Few Months,’ ” Donaghy told the Times.

Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor's book editor.

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