Nilsonne was arguably the most promising female crime writer
of the '90s. Born in 1949, married with three children, Nilsonne
was a psychiatrist before making her debut as a writer in
1991 with Tunnare än blod (Thinner than Blood).
Tunnare än blod introduces woman police officer
Monika Pedersen. Nilsonne seems to have a natural empathy
with her fictional character, both women working in fields
traditionally dominated by men. Although Nilsonne produced
I det tysta (In the Silence) in 1992, it was not until
2000 that Kyskhetsbältet (The Chastity Belt) appeared.
Monika had returned in style, the novel winning Nilsonne the
Poloni Prize in 2000 (for best woman crime writer of the year).