This is an easy-to-read guide to the infamous Nordic Noir genre, from its beginnings with the novels by Sjöwal/Wahlöö to the most recent authors and books. There is also a chapter listing the most well-known cinema and television adaptations such as the Wallander television series or the notorious Millenium trilogy. There are chapters on each country separately that help the newbies to learn the basics but I'm afraid that those who are more experienced will find this book rather repetitive with nothing new to add to their knowledge. There is a wide variety of academic work on the genre which satisfies all the fans who share an interest in innovative approaches and insights on the subject.