Hjorth & Rosenfeldt No. 1 in Germany

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s sixth Sebastian Bergman novel, A Higher Justice, rockets to the top of the Der Spiegel hardcover list in Germany and debuts at No. 1. A Higher Justice was published in Germany just last week, and will be published in Sweden on November 1st.

Arne Dahl No.1 in Finland

Arne Dahl’s first installment in the Berger & Blom series, Watching You, comes in at No. 1 on the official weekly Finnish bestseller list for paperbacks.

Jo Nesbø awarded the Raymond Chandler Award 2018

Jo Nesbø has been awarded the very prestigious Raymond Chandler Award 2018 for Lifetime Achievement. The Raymond Chandler Award was established by film critic and journalist Irene Bignardi in collaboration with the Raymond Chandler Estate and the award is given out annually to a master of noir fiction. Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, John Le Carré, John Grisham, P.D. James and Henning Mankell among others.

Jo Nesbø will be at the Noir in Festival in Como, Italy, on December 8th to receive the award in person.

Julie Andem No. 2 in Sweden

Julie Andem’s SKAM Season 1: Eva makes its debut on the international bestseller lists even before its first publication abroad, claiming the No. 2 spot on Bokus’ bestseller list. Bokus is one of Sweden’s biggest online book retailers, and SKAM Season 1: Eva shoots to the top of the all-genres list solely based on its pre-publication sales.

New Author - Stina Jackson

Stina Jackson (b. 1983) hails from the northern town of Skellefteå in Sweden. Just over a decade ago she relocated to Denver, Colorado, where she penned her debut novel, the acclaimed The Silver Road. A runaway bestseller, the novel established Jackson as a rising new star within Nordic suspense.

Jonas Gardell, Liza Marklund, Stefan Ahnhem and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love is No. 1 on the Swedish hardcover list for the first week of October. Gardell is joined by Liza Marklund, who comes in at No. 4 with her recently published Black Pearl Farm. Just after at No. 5 comes Stefan Ahnhem and Motive X, which also claims the No. 3 spot on the e-book list and the No. 4 spot on the audio list. Niklas Natt och Dag and The Wolf and the Watchman occupy the No. 3 spot on the paperback list, also coming in at No. 4 on the e-book list.

Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s second Cold Case Quartet novel, The Innermost Room, comes in at No. 1 and No. 4 on the official weekly Norwegian bestseller lists for e-books and hardcovers, respectively.

‘A Fortunate Man’ lauded in Danish and international press

A Fortunate Man, written by Anders August and directed by Bille August, premiered in Denmark on August 30th. The film, which is based on Nobel prize-winning author Henrik Pontoppidan’s 1898 novel Lykke-Per, has received outstanding reviews and was one of the three films shortlisted to be the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. A Fortunate Man is also set to air as a miniseries on Danish TV 2 in 2019, and it ranks as one of the most ambitious European series to date.

A Fortune Man is highly entertaining /…/ Go see it at the movie theatre now.”
- JydskeVestkysten

“A dazzling experience /…/ It’s poignant storytelling, melancholic, refined, wry, timeless and modern, empathetically adapted by the father-son team of Bille and Anders August.”
- Cineuropa

“Even after almost three hours of playing time you’re glad that the TV series will deepen the story even more.”
- Filmmagasinet Ekko

“With A Fortunate Man August & August have crafted a lovely and beautiful film about the conditions and hopes of human existence.”
- Soundvenue

The September bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of September see many familiar titles in the top spots. On the hardcover list Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 2, also making an appearance at No. 5 on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth Fabian Risk novel, Motive X, claims the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

The paperback list has Anders de la Motte and Deeds of Fall at No. 2, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman at No. 3.

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code claims the No. 2 spot on the e-book list.

Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career meanwhile makes a repeat appearance on the nonfiction list, claiming the No. 5 spot.

And lastly on the children’s fiction list, Kristina Ohlsson’s third installment in the Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, places at No. 3.

Jonas Gardell, Stefan Ahnhem, Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists remain largely unchanged the last week of September, and Jonas Gardell and Stefan Ahnhem once again claim the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the hardcover list. Gardell with In Memory of an Unconditional Love, and Ahnhem with Motive X. Ahnhem also comes in at No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 4 on the audio list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman likewise stays put at No. 3 on the paperback list, and comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list.

‘The Innermost Room’ No. 1 in Norway

The just published The Innermost Room by Jørn Lier Horst debuts on the official bestseller list at No. 1 on the e-book list. The novel additionally claims the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

‘William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator’ No. 4 in Norway

Bobbie Peers’ just published William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator is No. 4 on the bestseller list of most sold children’s books in Norway this September.

William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator is the fourth installment in Peers’ internationally acclaimed series about the code-breaking genius William Wenton.

Photo: Pär Bäckstrand, C More/TV4

‘Sthlm Requiem’ premieres in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s internationally bestselling crime novels about Fredrika Bergman premieres on the small screen today in Sweden. The TV series adaptation, called Sthlm Requiem, will air first on C More, then on TV4 on October 17th.

Karin Fahlén is the concept director of the series, with Lisa Ohlin directing some of the individual episodes. Head screenwriters are Jörgen Hjerdt and Pauline Wolff, and among the star-studded cast are such names as Liv Mjönes, Jonas Karlsson, and Alexej Manvelov.

Sthlm Requiem is a brutal series, its DNA infused with toughness. Based on Kristina Ohlsson’s novels about Fredrika Bergman, the story doesn’t shy away from showing blood, death and society’s raw underbelly. /…/ it’s smart, expertly portrayed /…/ Hats off to the casting of this trio [Mjönes, Karlsson, Manvelov], they find a fragile sort of chemistry that’s utterly appealing.”

Jo Nesbø No. 1 in the UK

Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth is No. 1 on the Sunday Times paperback fiction bestseller list in the UK this week. The novel was published in paperback by Hogarth on September 20th.

Jørn Lier Horst wins ‘Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year’

Jørn Lier Horst has been announced as the winner of the Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award for Dregs, a William Wisting novel. The Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year Award is handed out during the annual literary festival Crimetime, and goes to an international author whose writing can be said to be in the spirit of Nordic Noir, a genre signified by realism, dark contemporary undertones, and strong, recognisable milieus and characters. To be selected as the winner of the award, the author must have made a lasting impact on the modern crime novel.

The jury motivates their choice of Jørn Lier Horst thusly:

Dregs is a classic Nordic Noir novel that contains every ingredient you could wish for: the small-town perspective, the involvement of society as a whole, reflections on the psychology of crime, and the everyday relationships that easily get caught in the middle. Jørn Lier Horst’s antihero, William Wisting, is a sympathetic, complex character who despite his stress-related problems leads the police work with a steady, firm hand. One can tell that Jørn Lier Horst has a past as an investigator, and he is without a doubt one of the best crime writers in the Nordic countries.”

Niklas Natt och Dag wins Crimetime Specsavers Award for ‘Crime Debut of the Year’ and Bonnier’s Book Clubs’ ‘Book of the Year’

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman was just awarded the Crimetime Specsavers Award 2018 for ‘Crime Debut of the Year’ at the Gothenburg Book Fair and won Bonnier’s Book Clubs’ ‘Book of the Year’ during yesterday’s fair day.

The jury of the Crimetime Specsavers Award 2018 says:

For a seething, stinking and nerve-racking depiction of Stockholm in the 1790s. The anything but predictable story and deeply complex characters are presented with a rich language and contemporary precision. The Sherlock Holmes-inspired detective Cecil Vinge has a moving destiny of his own and death is his constant companion throughout the story. In 1793, death was run-of-the-mill but this novel is anything but. The jury is thoroughly impressed by Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut. We love the free-spiritedness of the narrative and the disrespect towards the genre that feels confidently free and refreshing. Here we have a debut that doesn’t follow any rules or templates – but still manages to reach out and completely floor both readers and critics.

The jury of the Bonnier’s Book Clubs’ 2018 says:

A rich crime story from a bygone Stockholm – brilliantly told! The autumn of 1793, a mutilated body is found in Lake Fatburen on Södermalm. Cecil Winge of the Police Department and the city guard Cardell take on the case. But they are running out of time, Winge’s health is fragile and the coldest winter known to man is approaching. The characters, environmental descriptions and language perfectly interact!

Jonas Gardell, Stefan Ahnhem, Liza Marklund, Niklas Natt och Dag, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love returns to the No. 1 spot on the weekly hardcover fiction list in Sweden, also claiming the No. 3 position on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem meanwhile debuts on the hardcover list with the just published Motive X, which comes in at No. 2. Motive X - the fourth Fabian Risk novel - is No. 2 also on the e-book list. Another strong debut on the hardcover list is Liza Marklund, just out with The Pearl Farm. Marklund places at No. 4.

The paperback list features two recurring bestsellers: Niklas Natt och Dag, who comes in at No. 3 with The Wolf and the Watchman, and Anders de la Motte at No. 4 with Deeds of Fall.

Finally there is the weekly children’s books bestseller list, where the third installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, comes in at No. 5.

‘A Grave For Two’ No. 3 in Norway

Anne Holt’s A Grave For Two stays at No. 3 on the official e-book bestseller list in Norway for another week. A Grave For Two is the first installment in Holt’s new series about Selma Falck.

‘Operation Junk Thief’ Published in Norway

Operation Junk Thief, the fourteenth installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series, is now out in Norwegian bookstores!

Several of Riverton’s citizens have been mysteriously robbed – of worthless junk! But who would ever want clutter that not even the owners like? It’s a mystery for Detective Agency No. 2!

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series is crime fiction for the youngest – clever, engaging, and full of thrills! Join our heroes Tiril, Oliver and their dog Ocho as they solve mysteries that have even the adults of Riverton scratching their heads.

‘SKAM Season 2: Noora’ published in Norway

The SKAM books are the original scripts of the worldwide hit web drama series of the same name, just as they were written.

Each SKAM book contains one of the four seasons that aired between 2015 and 2017. The scripts have never recorded scenes, lines that were later cut, newly written prologues and epilogues, and Julie Andem’s own comments and unique mind maps.

SKAM Season 2: Noora follows Noora Amalie Sætre, the iconic young woman first introduced to viewers and readers in SKAM Season 1: Eva. As in Eva’s season, friendship and love are key issues in Noora’s story and her volatile relationship with William, a third-year student, is a recurring motif. But Noora’s season also deals with bigger issues like feminism, eating disorders, self-image, sexual violence and the contemporaneous refugee crisis in relation to Norwegian democracy.

The SKAM books are the ultimate key to the universe that absorbed an entire generation of viewers. Get ready to get to know Eva, Noora, Isak and Sana like never before.