Nordic Noir

In a short essay, Karina van Dalen-Oskam describes some aspects of naming in fiction. She lists some of the questions that the Namescape project may help to answer. The Dutch version of the essay was published on entitled Nordic Noir: waar komt commissaris Van Veeteren vandaan?

Nordic Noir: a background check on Inspector Van Veeteren

I do not read crime novels, generally. I happen to read and enjoy novels of all kinds, including science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and gothic novels. But not detective stories, whodunnits, crime novels, or whatever they are called. So how did I end up with Inspector Van Veeteren, the protagonist of a series of crime novels written by the Swedish author HÃ¥kan Nesser?

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