Yrsa Sigurdardóttir shortlisted for The Blood Drop

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Absolution has been shortlisted for 2017’s The Blood Drop, the Icelandic award for best crime fiction novel of the year. The Absolution is the third installment in the Freyja & Huldar series and was just published in Iceland to rave reviews.

The two previous installments in the Freyja & Huldar series have also been shortlisted for The Blood Drop: The Legacy was shortlisted and won in 2015, and The Vortex was shortlisted in 2016.

‘The Rabbit’ is 2016’s second most sold book in Japan

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep is once again at the top of the international bestseller lists. This time it is Amazon Japan and Oricon, the largest sales ranking company in Japan, that has announced that The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep became the second most sold book, across all categories, in Japan in 2016.

‘A Man Called Ove’ stays at No.1 on the New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s debut novel A Man Called Ove is No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for the third week in a row. This marks the 49th consecutive week on the list for the novel, where it also appears at No. 6 in the combined print and ebook category.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry continues to make a strong showing as well, staying at its No. 4 spot in its 33rd consecutive week on the list.

Jørn Lier Horst chosen as Krimfestivalen’s Guest of Honor

The Norwegian crime fiction festival Krimfestival - one of the foremost crime fiction festivals in the world according to The Guardian - has chosen Jørn Lier Horst as their Guest of Honor in 2017. This means that Jørn Lier Horst’s authorship and novels will be in focus during the entire festival as it takes place in Oslo during March 9-11, 2017.

Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes No. 1 and No. 2 in Norway

The official Norwegian bestseller list for November is in, and Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes top the Children’s Book list with their latest publications for kids. At No. 1 is Jo Nesbø’s Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?, published just at the start of the month, and at No. 2 comes Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Ghost, the tenth installment in the beloved Detective Agency No. 2 series.

Salomonsson Agency gets a new CEO

Julia Angelin takes up the post as the new CEO of Salomonsson Agency as of today, December 1st, 2016. The former CEO Niclas Salomonsson will from here on focus wholeheartedly on his work as a literary agent.

Julia Angelin has worked as a financial accountant and a literary agent at the agency since 2013. She has, besides representing a list of numerous prominent literary and crime fiction writers, founded the agency’s children’s books section, now a pillar of the agency.

Niclas Salomonsson:
-I started this agency to help the world discover Scandinavian voices – that’s my passion, and that’s what I’m good at. And that is also where I want to put my complete focus. Now I would like to pass the baton on to Julia, who is someone that possesses a wide competence and furthermore one of the best agents I have met during my seventeen years in the business. She has the drive to take the agency – and more importantly, our authors – to new heights.

Julia Angelin:
-I am of course thrilled to be shown such trust and confidence, and I hope to be able to continue the work of developing the agency in the same spirit as Niclas has done. That he has gone from doing everything by himself and fighting alone for his authors, to running one of Europe’s premier agencies, is something that is incredibly inspiring. My focus will be on the whole: on the authors and screenwriters, on the writing, and on the ideas themselves.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2016

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes, Kristina Ohlsson’s Blighted Souls, Anne Holt’s Offline, and Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Suspense category.

Real American Jeans by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of Hester Hill is shortlisted in the Children’s Books category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2017 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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Petter S. Rosenlund Head Writer for ‘Hamilton’ reboot

The Swedish video-on-demand service CMore has comissioned two seasons of a new spy thriller series based on Jan Guillou’s best-selling books featuring Swedish spy Carl Hamilton. The TV-series, which will be produced by Swedish IP-rights company IRLC and Dramacorp (known for TV series such as Blue Eyes and Midnight Sun) has been scheduled to start its production at the end of 2017.

Petter S. Rosenlund, who previously created the critically acclaimed The Heavy Water War (2015), which with its 1,7 million viewers earned one of the absolute highest ratings in Norway for a TV series drama, has been confirmed as Head Writer for the series. Dramacorp said he plans to write contemporary “high-concept, character-driven drama with international traction”.

The Hamilton books have been adapted into a number of feature films and miniseries, with Hollywood actor Stellan Skarsgård playing the central character role in the first movie back in 1989.

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‘The Absolution’ No. 1 in Iceland

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Absolution has shot straight to No. 1 on the official Icelandic bestseller list after being published just days ago. The Absolution is the third installment in the Freyja & Huldar series.

‘Why Did You Lie?’ is Sunday Times’ Crime Novel of the Year

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s Why Did You Lie? has been chosen by The Sunday Times as their Crime Novel of the Year. The UK newspaper’s critics laud the novel in their review, calling it “a tour de force” and praising Sigurdardóttir for her brilliant handling of the different plot strands, and how she brings them together in an unforgettable climax.

‘Modus’ premieres in the UK

Modus, the hit Swedish TV series based on Anne Holt’s Inger Johanne Vik novels, and primarily its fourth installment Fear Not, premiered on BBC4 in the UK this Saturday. The series, which became the most successful Scandinavian TV series to air on the Swedish channel TV4 in 25 years, will run on Saturday evenings through December 17th.

Please click “Read more” below to read an article in The Guardian about Modus.

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‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, is No. 1 on the official bestseller list for both hardcover fiction, as well as the e-book format in Norway this week.

Fourth and final season of ‘The Bridge’ announced

The fourth season of the hit television series, The Bridge, has been announced as its final season, and is now in the process of filming. The show is written and created by Sweden’s leading screenwriter, Hans Rosenfeldt, and has become one of the most successful Scandinavian TV-series ever. The Bridge has been broadcasted in more than 170 countries and has also been successfully remade into a US version (The Bridge) as well as a British/French version in the UK (The Tunnel).

Read the exclusive interview in The Independent with creator and writer of the series, Hans Rosenfeldt, by clicking ”Read more” below.

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‘The Absolution’ published in Iceland

A teenager is brutally beaten to death in the cinema where she works, her body dragged into the night by the masked killer. Clips of her begging for forgiveness are sent to her friends from her Snapchat account. When the body is finally found it is marked “2”. A teenage boy meets a similar fate a few days later, and again clips where he begs the killer for forgiveness are sent to his friends via social media. When found his body is marked with a “3”.

Huldar joins the murder investigation, working under Erla. Their relationship is strained after being subjected to an internal review regarding the sexual harassment allegations, which took place in The Vortex. But they must set their differences aside and focus on finding a merciless killer - as well as trying to ascertain if there is an undiscovered third body - one carrying the number “1”.

As Icelandic law stipulates that a psychologist be present when questioning youths, Freyja is drawn into the investigation despite her reluctance to work with Huldar. She soon suspects that bullying might lie at the heart of the case, although her own experience as a victim of such behaviour might influence her judgement.

All three can at least agree on two things: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.

The Absolution is the third installment in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.

Bobbie Peers and Jørn Lier Horst shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen 2017

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Wolfhound Mystery have been shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen 2017. The award is arranged by Foreningen !les in Norway and the winner is decided by five jury groups consisting of children in 6th grade. The award ceremony will be held in Oslo, on the 20th of April next year.

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‘Acquitted’ season 2 reaches one million views

The second season of Acquitted (Frikjent), created and written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig, has reached one million views on TV2 Norway.

With the second episode attracting as much as 843, 000 viewers so far, the broadcasting network TV2 believes the numbers will grow, as more people watch the show through reruns or online platforms. The show has previously been described by Variety as “Norway's biggest TV drama hit” and has been nominated in three categories at the 2015 Seoul International Drama Awards.

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Lars Kepler No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter was just published in Norway and went straight to No. 1 on the e-book list and to No. 3 on the hardcover list this week.