What Scandinavian Crime Fiction Can Tell Us About Police Reform in America

Written By: Robert Cox

Over the past few years, I have become a fan of Nordic Noir, also known as Scandinavian Noir, a genre of crime fiction set in Scandinavia or Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland).

In The Abominable Man, Sjöwall and Wahlöö write:

“The report in Martin Beck’s pocket revealed a number of interesting new facts. It proved that police work wasn’t a bit more dangerous than any other profession. On the contrary, most other jobs involved much greater risks. Construction workers and lumberjacks lived considerably more hazardous lives, not to mention dockers or taxi drivers or housewives.”

This got me wondering if what was true in Sweden in the early 70s about the risk of being a police officer is true in the United States today.

The answer is published on Substack.

Read the entire article on Substack:

What Scandinavian Crime Fiction Can Tell Us About Police Reform in America

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