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Anne Holt

Anne Holt (b. 1958) is one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers with 10 million copies sold around the world. Holt is a former Minister of Justice, Police Attorney, lawyer running her own firm, journalist, and TV news editor and anchor. Her novels are intelligent, accessible and suspenseful, with engaging and intriguing protagonists. Tight-knit crime plots are paired with a focus on relational drama. Anne Holt is the author of two extremely successful crime series: the Inger Johanne Vik series (five installments) and the Hanne Wilhelmsen series (ten installments).


Selma Falck

Hanne Wilhelmsen

Dr. Sara Zuckerman

Inger Johanne Vik

May-Britt & March-Britt

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Horst & Enger and Anne Holt on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Death Deserved, the first book in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s new joint series, is once again No. 2 on the official paperback bestseller list in Norway, and No. 1 on the e-book one. Horst & Enger are joined by Anne Holt on the e-book list, where she comes in at No. 5 with A Grave for Two.

‘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.

‘A Grave For Two’ No. 3 in Norway

Anne Holt’s A Grave For Two continues to place among the top titles on the official e-book bestseller list. This week, the novel comes in at No. 3.

Anne Holt No. 1 in Norway

Anne Holt’s just published A Grave For Two debuts at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books. A Grave For Two is the first installment in Holt’s new Selma Falck series.

‘A Grave For Two’ published in Norway

Selma Falck, a former professional athlete and star lawyer, is in a deep crisis. In the blink of an eye she’s been left by her husband and child and lost her job and house – and it’s all her own fault. With nowhere else to go, Selma moves into a wreck of an apartment, her only companion a pedigree cat she can’t stand.

On the same day that Selma moves into her new place, Hege Chin Morell – Norway’s best female skier – fails a doping test. With just two months to go till the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the test shows that Morell has taken clostebol, a drug that could mean several years of suspension. Selma Falck is approached by Morell’s wealthy father. He believes that his daughter is the victim of sabotage and offers the broke and unemployed Selma the seemingly impossible job of proving Morell’s innocence before the final athlete selections are made.

Shortly thereafter, a male cross-country skier is found dead after a training accident in Maridalen. The autopsy reveals traces of the same substance as in Morell’s blood. The panic that spreads in Norway’s cross-country team is total. In addition to losing its two best members, the whole team is at risk of being banned from the Olympics.

Selma Falck’s race against time begins. She encounters camaraderie and corruption, hidden enmity and shady connections. As she realizes that more lives are at stake, the pattern of recent crimes and ancient sins becomes undeniable.

A Grave For Two is the first installment in Anne Holt’s new crime series featuring Selma Falck.

Anne Holt nominated for a Lambda Literary Award

Offline, a.k.a. Odd Numbers, by Anne Holt has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the category for Best Lesbian Mystery of 2017. The Lambda prize is regarded as the most prestigious LGBTQ book prize in the world. The winner will be announced in June. For more information, click “Read more” below.

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Greg Wise and Billy Campbell are set to star in the second season of ‘Modus’

Greg Wise (The Crown) and Billy Campbell (The Killing, Cardinal) are set to join Kim Cattrall in the second season of Modus (the Swedish hit TV-series based on Anne Holt’s Inger Johanne Vik series).

Both the first and second season of Modus have been adapted for the small screen by Emmy winning screenwriters Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrøm (The Protectors, The Team, Unit One). Directing are acclaimed director Lisa Siwe (The Bridge, Glowing Stars) and Håkan Lindhé.

The second season will start airing this fall on TV4’s streaming service C More.

Read more in Deadline Hollywood by clicking “Read more” below.

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Kim Cattrall to play the U.S. President in ‘Modus’ Season 2

Kim Cattrall will join the cast for the second season of Modus, the hit TV series based on Anne Holt’s Inger Johanne Vik series. In the upcoming season, Cattrall will play the U.S. President, arriving in Stockholm for a state visit. The trip soon turns out to have unexpected and devastating consequences.

Modus is produced by Miso Film. The second season is currently in production and will air this fall. Just like the first season, this season is written by the three time Emmy award winning duo Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe (Unit One, The Eagle, Protectors, The Team). Directing are acclaimed director Lisa Siwe (The Bridge, Glowing Stars) and Håkan Lindhé.

Kim Cattrall says in today’s announcement: “I am pleased to be joining the Modus production in their second season and am looking forward to spending time in Sweden, a country I have always wanted to visit. As a fan of the great Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, I look forward to my time here.”

Read the full article in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking “Read more” below.

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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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‘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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‘In Dust and Ashes’ published in Norway

In 2001, three year old Dina is killed in a tragic car accident. Not long thereafter Dina’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, and Dina’s father Jonas is convicted of her murder.

In 2016, the cold case ends up on the desk of Detective Henrik Holme, who tries to convince his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen that the father might have been wrongly convicted. Holme and Wilhelmsen discover that the case could be connected to the suicide of an eccentric blogger as well as the kidnapping of the grandson of a EuroJackpot millionaire.

In Dust and Ashes is the tenth and final installment in Anne Holt’s successful series featuring Police Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen.

‘Modus’ nominated for Kristallen

Modus, the acclaimed TV-series based on Anne Holt’s hit crime novels about Inger Johanne Vik, and primarily the fourth installment Fear Not, is nominated for the prestigious Swedish TV award Kristallen (the Swedish Emmy-award). The Kristallen Gala will take place on September 4th in Stockholm and is broadcasted live.

Anne Holt’s ‘Dead Joker’ on The Guardian’s ‘Best Crime and Thriller Books of 2015’

Anne Holt’s Dead Joker, the fifth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, has been selected as one of the best crime and thriller novels of 2015 according to The Guardian, who called it the past year’s “Nordic star”.

‘Modus’ renewed for second season

Swedish TV4 has announced that the channel has ordered a second season of its hit TV-series Modus. Based on Anne Holt’s novels about Inger Johanne Vik, Modus has been a success among viewers and critics alike, on average reaching 1.039 million viewers per episode. In addition to this, hundreds of thousands of viewers have been following the series on TV4’s online streaming service. With its extraordinary ratings, Modus is the most successful Scandinavian TV series to have been aired on TV4 in 25 years.

Anne Holt says: “I am both proud and happy that Modus will continue for another season. As an author, it has been a pleasure to see ones universe treated as elegantly and professionally in the adaptation from book to TV, and I look forward to a continued collaboration with TV4 and Miso Film.”

NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015 to Eva Kaneva

It has just been announced that Jo Nesbo’s and Anne Holt’s Bulgarian translator Eva Kaneva has been awarded NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2015. Eva Kaneva was born in Bulgaria in 1985 and has a Master’s degree in translation and Nordic literature from the University of Sofia. Kaneva has achieved recognition as a talented young translator into Bulgarian. She has experience with translations of a range of different texts and the breadth of her professional expertise finds reflection in the diversity of authors and periods represented by the works she has translated.

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More than a million viewers watched the ‘Modus’ premiere

The first episode of the TV-series Modus based on Anne Holt’s novels about Inger Johanne Vik, primarily Fear Not aka Modus (Inger Johanne Vik #4), was watched by a mind-blowing total of 1,22 million viewers last night. Swedish newspaper Expressen says: “This is by far the best Swedish drama series that TV4 has broadcasted during its 25 years of existence.”

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‘Modus’ premieres in Sweden

On Wednesday 23rd September at 9pm, TV4’s Modus premieres in Sweden! Produced by Miso Film, Modus is an eight episode long TV-series based on Anne Holt’s novels about Inger Johanne Vik, primarily Fear Not, aka Modus (Inger Johanne Vik #4). Modus is TV4’s most ambitious and costly TV drama to date.

Created and written by three-time Emmy award winning duo Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe (Unit One, The Eagle, Protectors, The Team), the series is directed by acclaimed Lisa Siwe (The Bridge, Glowing Stars). Inger Johanne Vik is played by Melinda Kinnaman (My Life as a Dog) and Yngvar Stubø is portrayed by Henrik Norlén (Hotell).

To watch the trailer with English subtitles, click here.

‘Offline’ published in Norway

A bomb goes off in the Islamic Council’s building in Oslo, killing several of the Council’s members. The Police and Security Service suspect an Islamist organization to be behind the attack; a feeling that only grows stronger when yet another, bigger explosion rocks the capital.

Offline is the ninth and penultimate book in Anne Holt’s series about Hanne Wilhelmsen.

Watch the teaser for TV4’s upcoming TV-series ‘Modus’

Here is a first look at the upcoming must-see TV-series Modus. Based on the novel Fear Not by Anne Holt and produced by Miso Film, the spine-chilling series is set to air on TV4 this fall. Modus, directed by Lisa Siwe (The Bridge), will follow criminal psychologist Inger Johanne Vik and her young daughter, the witness of a murder. The star-studded cast will include Melinda Kinnaman – to play the protagonist Vik – Johan Widerberg and Henrik Norlén, to name just a few.