Motiv X

Motiv X Motive X

Fabian Risk #4

As Fabian Risk watches over his gun-shot-wounded and comatose daughter Matilda at the Helsingborg hospital, a Syrian refugee boy is brutally murdered, throwing the city’s police into a complex new investigation with racist overtones.

But nothing is as clear-cut as it would seem and when several more murders are committed, Lilja, Klippan and the others at the Helsingborg police find themselves in an ever more desperate hunt for more than one killer. In the end, Fabian is forced back into service early even though he’d rather be focusing on his family, and Police Chief Astrid Tuvesson has to cut short her twelve-step program for alcoholics to oversee the parallel investigations, despite having just started her treatment.

Meanwhile, Fabian is struggling with the information left behind by his departed colleague Hugo Elvin, and has begun his own secret investigation that might just come to change the close-knit investigation team forever.

Motive X is Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth book in the series about Fabian Risk of the Helsingborg police.


  • “Multiple threads are cleverly intertwined when Ahnhem delivers world-class suspense.”


    Amelia, Sweden

  • “Definitely worth reading. /.../ This is excellent crime fiction that deserves its readers. Ahnhem has a wonderful ability to keep the suspense alive at all times.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • Motive X is a topnotch page-turner and a must for all crime lovers.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “The gifted Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X has a clear-eyed vision of our age and the story about the Helsingborg investigators Risk and Lilja is truly great.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “Stefan Ahnhem knows the art of writing suspense.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

  • “Ahnhem’s [Motive X] is definitely worth to read. /.../ This is great crime that deserves its readers. Ahnhem has a wonderful ability to keep the suspense alive, at all times.”

    Borås Tidning, Sweden

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  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Finland, WSOY

Germany, Ullstein

Iceland, Ugla

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Marginesy

Slovakia, Ikar

Sweden, Forum

UK, Head of Zeus

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