The Forest Lake Mystery and the Iron Chariot, first published in 1903 and 1909, are the founding works of #ScandiNoir. We’re making them available as English-language paperbacks for the first time. AMAZING OFFER: till 14 Nov, you can buy both for the price of one.
The original Danish detective novel
In The Forest Lake Mystery, Detective Sergeant Eigil Holst is on holiday in the Danish countryside when the body of a baby is washed up on the shore of a lake. Soon the corpse of a young woman is found too, naked and weighed down with stones. Holst’s investigation takes him across Europe.
Published in 1903, this is the first-ever Danish detective novel. The author is seen as the godfather of Danish crime fiction, and the Palle Rosenkrantz Award is Denmark’s main crime-writing prize.
This classic is published for the first time in paperback in English in new translation by David Young
Thank you, Eye/Lightning Books
About the author
Palle Rosenkrantz was a Danish aristocrat who was born in Helsingør (Elsinore) in 1867. He spent part of his childhood living on the estate of a royal castle but as an adult was arrested for misuse of public funds and went bankrupt.
He turned to writing to make ends meet and became Denmark’s most prolific author. He also worked for the newspaper Politiken and wrote screenplays for silent films. His 1903 detective story The Forest Lake Mystery (Hvad Skovsøen gemte) is the first-ever Danish detective novel. He died in 1941.
The Palle Rosenkrantz Prize is awarded each year by the Danish Crime Academy to the best crime novel published in Danish.