We enjoy an afternoon of listening to the American author Florence Wetzel when she does a reading from her book: The Grand Man and talks about what it is like to write about Sweden in English.
The Grand Man: A Scandinavian Thriller. The book is about an American jazz-journalist in Stockholm who gets drawn into two unsolved Swedish mysteries: the 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme, and Stieg Larsson’s missing fourth book.
From the description on www.thelocal.se
For the former journalism student who had previously published her own novels, poetry, and biographies, the books that Wetzel was reading planted the seed of an idea in her head. “I had this fascination with Scandi noir novels and knew almost instantly that I wanted to write my own. But there was just one problem: I’d never been to Scandinavia.”
In the spirit of a research mission, Wetzel booked her first trip to Stockholm, arriving for a three-week-long stay in early 2013. And it was here that the idea for her novel took form.
“I’d heard the story of Olof Palme, the former Swedish prime minister who was assassinated in Stockholm in 1986. As it’s a crime that’s still unsolved, it raised a lot of questions for me around what could have happened.”