Helikopterrånet

Helikopterrånet The Helicopter Heist

Fun, thrilling and utterly captivating, The Helicopter Heist is the page-turning inside account of how four young men from the Swedish suburbs, each of a different nationality, pulled off “one of the most spectacular heists of all time” (TIME Magazine).

Until now, the four robbers have never spoken publicly about what went down before and during the audacious raid in which all emerged unscathed. Through meticulous research and countless interviews with the four men, Jonas Bonnier has crafted a wildly entertaining roller coaster ride of a novel, based on the true events of September 2009’s spectacular heist that stunned the police and turned four gangsters into heroes. “It was a heist right out of the movies: Thieves lowering from a helicopter, a huge lump of cash and an audacious twist in the plot that any crime writer would be proud of.” (CBS)

Reviews

  • “It’s riveting all the way as the story of the so-called Helicopter Heist is made into a cleverly spun crime fiction novel. /…/ There is more than enough action as the story arrives at the actual night of the robbery. But before it, the author takes plenty of time to sketch out interesting characters and believable relationships between the main protagonists. He cuts elegantly between the different plotlines of the novel, and ensures that everything is woven together at the end. /…/ Add a wonderful twist towards the end, and you are guaranteed suspense, entertainment and an excellent read.”

    ★★★★★

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “A hardboiled crime novel of the highest order.”

    ★★★★★

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Jonas Bonnier tells a fantastic story in a superior manner.”

    ★★★★★

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • The Helicopter Heist is the best introduction to the mind of the criminal world since the movie Heat /…/ thoroughly excellent and strongly addictive.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “Bonnier is utterly assured as he listens in to and maps out the small, subtle shifts in both the criminals’ and police’s thoughts, feelings and choices of action. Even the smallest supporting character is completely credible, though it is the portrayals of the main protagonists that make the greatest impression. /…/ The Helicopter Heist can certainly be called a crime novel, and as such, the author can probably already consider the award for best Swedish crime fiction novel his. It is skillfully constructed and immensely thrilling. But it’s also a, considering the subject, unexpected and convincing, almost elegiac, cut-out of ordinary and extraordinary lives and events in Stockholm during a couple of months in 2009.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “A strong thriller about a spectacular robbery /…/ The Helicopter Heist is a thriller that draws on all of the stylistic means of the genre. Surprisingly, one of the greatest things about the novel is that the pace remains quite languid. The author is not in a hurry but moves in wide circles from the periphery and towards a center /.../ Just like in many contemporary TV-shows the suspense is built by a sharpening and contouring of the characters; the intrigue presents itself organically while we’re getting to know the protagonists. And it’s a powerful ensemble, these robbers. The author stays true to all of them, the stereotypes of the genre such as alcoholism, divorces and psychiatric difficulties are nowhere to be found. /…/ It’s been a long time since I read a novel that so intensely illuminates and explains the city’s secret topography.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “A bulls-eye about the helicopter robbery /…/ A true page turner /…/ Finally! Finally a truly excellent Swedish crime novel – and based on a true story, too! Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist is a tour de force. /…/ Jonas Bonnier has mostly based this brilliant, semi-fictional novel on his interviews with the robbers. Some events have been removed, some have been added – naturally. The fact remains, you won’t be able to put this book down. I personally never read books in one sitting… but this time I was caught. 440 pages in one weekend. Glued.”

    Ystads Allehanda, Sweden

  • “Bonnier possesses an elegant deftness that makes the robbers credible and the dialogue come alive. The criminals become human and the story quickly turns suspenseful. /…/ The fact that Netflix acquired the film rights and will develop a movie adaptation of Jonas Bonnier’s book won’t surprise anyone that reads it. His novel is ravishing, entertaining and made to be a motion picture with a lavish budget. The freedom to weave in fiction has also benefited the plot; we actually don’t know how it will end.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “An extremely well-composed and action-packed suspense novel that is hard to put down”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “The prose and depictions are effective, dense; the characters are neither glamorized rebels nor tough beasts, simply human. They have friends, family and young children that they care about. I completely buy into it, to the extent that I forget that they are based on real people. /…/ Stylistically on a level with as Carl-Johan Vallgren’s The Swine, and with the ease and stability of Lee Child. Everybody fools everybody, even the mastermind behind the mastermind. Read and learn, aspiring crime writers.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “This novel makes me obsessed with the helicopter robbery. /…/ A ferociously entertaining novel. /…/ You get to understand the robbers’ actions. They are given context - friends, childhood, family or the absence of a family. As characters in a book, they become a natural mix of heroes and victims of society. /…/ The helicopter heist and the media coverage around it created a legend. The novel completes it. /…/ The Helicopter Heist is in some ways the perfect display of fiction’s power over reality.”

    Arbetarbladet, Sweden

  • “Jonas Bonnier’s writing is just as fast-paced and hard-boiled as the experienced crime fiction reader could hope for. /…/ The scenes shift effectively and the plot moves forward at a rising tempo.”

    Corren, Sweden

  • “I was rapt, almost like, “I don’t want to answer the phone”, and I wasn’t sure if I would even have time to eat and such. /…/ You’ll end up thinking that “this has to be turned into a movie!”

    SVT Go'kväll, Sweden

  • “A tremendously thrilling, almost unimaginable story”

    Senioren, Sweden

  • “Solid research, credible character portrayals and outstanding drama /…/ It’s dramatic, a real page turner. The highlight is of course the hovering over the Västberga depot, then the escape. /…/ With a steady hand Jonas Bonnier breathes life into a police drama that echoed far beyond the Swedish borders at the time of the event.”

    Norrtelje Tidning, Sweden

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Author
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Published
2017
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
348
Reading material

English translation

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Arab World, Difaf

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Buybook

Bulgaria, Bard

Canada, Simon & Schuster

Catalonia, Columna

Croatia, Algoritam

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Helios

Finland, Tammi

Georgia, Palitra

Germany, Piper

Greece, Dioptra

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Forlagid

Japan, Kadokawa

Korea, The Wing of Thinking

Latvia, Lasitava

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Macedonia, Matica

Netherlands, The House of Books

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Znak

Romania, Litera

Russia, AST

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Albatros

Slovenia, Didakta

Spain, Penguin Random House

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Turkey, Ithaki

UK, Zaffre

US, Other Press

Film rights sold

US, Netflix / Nine Stories

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