Livet deluxe (#3)
Jens Lapidus (b. 1974) is the author of three of the best selling Swedish novels this past decade: Easy Money, Never Fuck Up and Life Deluxe. His own professional experience as a criminal defense lawyer, at a firm representing some of the most notorious criminals in the country, has given him unusual insights into a world that most people would rather not acknowledge. Critics have tagged him “a Swedish James Ellroy”, a truth-telling author who writes about life on the streets and depicts the underbelly of Swedish society. The Stockholm Noir trilogy has already become a phenomenon in Sweden and abroad.
“At last: an epic European thriller to rival the Stieg Larsson books. It’s an entirely new criminal world, beautifully rendered – and a wildly thrilling novel.”
“Jens Lapidus, with his dazzling book, Easy Money, is the new Swedish thriller writer everyone’s been waiting for.”
“Jens Lapidus is a very talented crime author. He is also a young author. He is only going to get better – and he has every potential of becoming the best”
–Leif GW Persson
“Anything Jens Lapidus writes is a must-read for me. His writing crackles with a profound understanding of not simply why bad people do bad things, but how.”
Today marks the premier of the podcast ‘Speaking of Stories’, where Jens Lapidus and Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved, are the first guest speakers. ‘Speaking of Stories’ is a podcast wherein two writers meet to talk about not only about their writing, but current events, society, and culture in general. Starting with what the authors have in common, the discussion evolves from there, touching on numerous subjects and stories. Each episode will feature two writers, one from Sweden, the other in the country for a brief visit only – a visit that nonetheless results in a lasting memory in the form of a podcast.
Listen to the first episode here.
Norma by Sofi Oksanen is No. 3 on the official Finnish bestseller list this month. Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun and Blood on Snow is No. 2 and No. 4 respectively and Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete is No. 3 on the Finnish bestseller list for translated fiction. Jo Nesbø’s The Son is No. 2 on the paperback list.
Kristina Ohlsson’s Mio’s Blues, Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Those Who Failed, Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Leif GW Persson’s The Bomb Maker and his Woman have been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Crime & Thriller category. The Blue Star by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children and The Silver Boy are shortlisted in the Children’s & Young Adult category. The prize is awarded to the book and its narrator both, and the winners will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.
Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete has risen to No. 2 on the Swedish bestseller list. In the novel Lapidus returns to the gritty streets of Stockholm to do what he does best: deliver an explosive tale of a capricious world capable of obliterating some, and granting others opportunities beyond their wildest dreams.
Emelie Jansson: a newly minted lawyer at a polished law firm. Teddy: an ex-con trying to stay on the right side of the law as he goes about his job as the firm’s fixer and special investigator. In Stockholm Delete the two are entangled in a snarly web with deep connections to Stockholm’s many worlds, where history is never a thing of the past, and always ready to threaten those who lived it.
When an alarm is triggered, a security guard is called to a house out on Värmdö. What awaits him isn’t a regular break-in, but an unidentifiable body: someone has been slaughtered in the house. A severely wounded young man is discovered near the crime scene. He is arrested on suspicion of having committed the murder. Emelie secretly takes on the task of acting as his defence lawyer, despite her employer’s disapproval. Who is the murder victim? And why do all the trails lead to Mats Emanuelsson, the man Teddy once kidnapped? As Emilie begins to investigate the case, Teddy is forced to confront his past, and all the while his wayward nephew Nikola is about to make the very same mistakes he once did. Soon the three have been caught up in a high stakes game promising dire consequences for them all.
Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Anders de la Motte’s UltiMatum have both been shortlisted for the 2015 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced November 22nd.