Jens Lapidus

A former criminal defense lawyer, Jens Lapidus (b. 1974) made his author’s debut in 2006 with Easy Money, one of Sweden’s most talked about and bestselling novels of the 21st century. Easy Money and its sequels were all adapted into successful movies, the first of which was directed by Daniel Espinosa. Tagged “a Swedish James Ellroy” by critics, Lapidus’ works draw on his 15 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer at a firm representing some of Sweden’s most notorious criminals, something which has given him a unique insight into the criminal underworld – a knowledge he pairs with a gritty and true-to-reality prose that leaps from the page. Lapidus returned with a new series of stand-alones in 2014: The VIP Room, Stockholm Delete, and Top Dog. In 2020, Jens Lapidus debuted as a children’s book author with the fast-paced and fun novels in the The Dillsta Crew series.

“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.”
–Ryan Gattis

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The Dillsta Gang

Stockholm Noir

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Netflix original series ‘Easy Money’ now filming

The shooting of Easy Money, the Swedish Netflix original series, is underway in Stockholm. The show is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus. The series will take place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money - Life Deluxe (2013), and will follow Leya, a young single mom trying to make it within the startup scene and becomes entangled in the criminal world.

Jesper Ganslandt is directing, with Nicklas Wikström Nicastro producing for SF Studios. The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, who’s also serving as the executive producer. Among the show's episode writers we find Mona Masri.

Evin Ahmad, known from the feature film Dröm Vidare (2017) and the two Netflix series Quicksand (2019) and The Rain season 2 (2019), is playing the lead. The cast also includes Alexander Abdallah, Ali Alarik, Olle Sarri and Dada Fungula Bozela as well as Jozef Wojciechowicz (Z.E).

Easy Money will premiere on Netflix in 2021.

The April bestseller lists in Sweden

Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow features at the top of the monthly bestseller lists for April, coming in at No. 1 in audio and e-book, and No. 2 in hardcover. Anders de la Motte appears right beside her, his Rites of Spring appearing at No. 2 in audio and e-book and at No. 3 in hardcover.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 meanwhile claims the No. 5 spot in hardcover, and Arne Dahl’s Freedom is No. 3 in audio and No. 4 in e-book. Katrine Engberg’s long-running bestseller The Tenant is No. 8 in paperback.

Jens Lapidus makes his debut on the monthly bestseller list for children’s books, coming in at No. 5 with The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The Swedish bestseller lists for week 15 see Stina Jackson claim the No. 1 spot in hardback fiction with her recently published novel The Last Snow. The book also comes in at No. 2 in e-book and in the audiobook category the novel nabs the No. 2 spot (physical edition) and the No. 4 spot (digital edition). Anders de la Motte meanwhile comes in at No. 1 in both e-book and audio (physical edition) with his latest installment in the Skåne Quartet, Rites of Spring. He also features at No. 2 on the hardback list and No. 5 in audio with the digital edition. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 nabs the No. 5 spot on the hardback list. Leif GW Persson’s Pig Party makes an appearance in the audio list at No. 6.

The paperback list sees Katrine Engberg grab the No. 4 position with her debut novel The Tenant. Finally, the children’s fiction bestseller list features Jens Lapidus’ first installment in his new series for young readers, The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist, at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Week 14’s official bestseller lists see Anders de la Motte claim three No. 1 placements with the just published Rites of Spring. The novel, the fourth installment in the Skåne Quartet, is No. 1 in hardcover, audio and e-book. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 also features on the hardcover list, coming in at No. 5. Katrine Engberg meanwhile grabs the No. 2 placement on the paperback list with The Tenant. On the children’s books list, Jens Lapidus’ The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist, the first book in his new series for young readers, is No. 7.

New titles: The Dillsta Gang

The Dillsta Gang – fast-paced and fun books for younger readers by Jens Lapidus, the master of thrills.

Book 1: The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist

Jonathan’s mother keeps nagging that he ought to get out of the house more, but what for? He doesn’t have any friends in the neighborhood and prefers to stay indoors, tinkering away with his inventions. That is, until Zasha moves into his building and then starts attending Jonathan’s class. That gets things moving and before you know it they have formed The Dillsta Gang: a gang of thieves, according to some, working for the greater good.

When food goes missing from the local corner shop, an innocent woman is accused and shady characters are spotted at the art museum they are visiting on a school trip, the crew can begin to put together pieces of the puzzle and with cunning and bravery pull off their first heist.

Book 2: The Dillsta Gang and the Jewel Heist

Jonathan has always enjoyed hanging out in his room and tinkering with his inventions. That is, until he gets to know Zasha and they form The Dillsta Gang - according to some, a gang of thieves working for the greater good. Soon they get a third member – Bollan, that can throw further and higher than anyone else!

When Zasha gets tricked out of money and the spoiled Rick brags overly much about all his cool gadgets, time has come for The Dillsta Gang to plan their next heist.

C More and TV4 commission ‘Top Dog’ TV series

Jens Lapidus’s Top Dog is set to become a television series on the Nordic streaming service C More and on Swedish TV4, featuring the internationally acclaimed leading actors Josefin Asplund (Sanctuary, Vikings) and Alexej Manvelov (Chernobyl, Before We Die). Directors are Molly Hartleb and Alexis Almström. Almström is also one of the script writers of the series.

Top Dog the TV series is based on bestselling Swedish author Jens Lapidus’s books The VIP room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dog. Lapidus has also written the novel Easy Money, which was turned into a film and achieved great international success following its premiere in 2010.

The new TV series will center on the clash between the ambitious business lawyer Emily Jansson and the ex-con Teddy Maksumic. A mysterious disappearance brings the odd couple together. Emily wants nothing more than to secure her future and career, while Teddy wishes to leave his old life of crime behind him. The pair are forced to reconsider their priorities and their view of each other when the past catches up with them, shattering their dreams and casting a shadow of doubt over all that they think they know.

Top Dog the series will premiere in 2020.

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‘Easy Money’ becomes a Netflix original series

Today Netflix announced Easy Money, a brand new six-part original series from acclaimed screenwriter Oscar Söderlund and bestselling author Jens Lapidus.

The new Netflix original series is set in the buzzing start-up scene of Stockholm and takes place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money - Life Deluxe (2013). The hunger for status and money is stronger than ever and the criminal world has become even more brutal, chaotic and ruthless. When the criminal and business worlds collide, loyalty, friendships and partners will all be tested in the never-ending quest for easy money.

Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Northern Europe: “We are so excited to announce this new Swedish series and to bring the world from this much loved movie back to life in a fresh and exciting way. To do this, we are fortunate to work with some amazing Swedish creatives. We have full confidence in Oscar and Jens and their vision for this new chapter of Easy Money and we have an incredibly strong partner in SF Studios.”

The much-awaited TV series is produced by SF Studios and will be shot in Sweden during 2020.

‘Top Dog’ No. 2 on Metro’s list for the best paperbacks this summer

Jens Lapidus’ thrilling novel Top Dog, the third book featuring the odd yet dynamic duo Teddy and Emelie, has been chosen by the Swedish newspaper Metro as one of this summer’s best books to bring to the beach. Top Dog is No. 2 on a list of 12 chosen titles. To see the full list, click here.

‘Top Dog’ to become TV series

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is being adapted into a TV series by Filmlance and producer Teresa Alldén Willey. Veronica Zacco (The Bridge, Farang, Thicker Than Water) will be the head writer for the eight-episode show, and production is set to start in fall 2018.

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2017’s most listened to audio books in Sweden

The audio book streaming services Storytel, Nextory and BookBeat have announced their most listened to books of 2017 in Sweden.

On the children’s and YA lists of Storytel and Nextory, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep comes in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Forssén Ehrlin’s second Sleep Series title, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, appears at No. 5 on the Nextory list.

On BookBeat’s fiction list, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter comes in at No. 2, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog at No. 3, and Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst at No. 4. The list for fiction, crime titles excluded, is topped by Fredrik Backman’s Beartown at No. 1.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2017

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog and Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the ‘Suspense’ category.

Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer are both shortlisted in the ‘Literary Fiction’ category, and Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep is shortlisted in the ‘Children’s Books’ category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2018 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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The Swedish bestseller lists for August

The official Swedish bestseller list for August is in, and Lars Kepler comes in at No. 2 on the paperback list with The Rabbit Hunter. Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer is right behind at No. 3, and Fredrik Backman occupies the No. 4 spot with Beartown.

Fredrik Backman also features at No. 4 on the hardcover list with his latest novel, Us Against You. On the audio book and e-book list Jens Lapidus comes in at No. 2 and No. 3 with Top Dog. Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist is No. 4 on the audio list.

Jens Lapidus, Lars Kepler and Arne Dahl on the Swedish bestseller lists for July

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is No. 2 on the official Swedish hardcover bestseller list for the month of July. The novel also comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audiobook list.

On the list of most sold paperbacks, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes yet another appearance, coming in at No. 4. Arne Dahl’s Watching You occupies the No. 4 position on the audiobook list.

‘Top Dog’ No. 1 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog has shot to No. 1 on the weekly official bestseller lists for hardcover fiction, eBooks and audiobooks in Sweden. Top Dog is the third novel featuring Teddy and Emelie.

‘Top Dog’ published in Sweden

For decades, a secret network in Stockholm has been exploiting young girls, ruthlessly eliminating anyone who threatens to reveal their secret. In the third book about the odd duo Teddy and Emelie – the thug and the lawyer – the noose tightens. The police force has established a special team to find out just who’s involved in the network, but can’t seem to get close enough. And who is it that’s trying to silence Teddy and Emelie, using any means necessary?

Top Dog is the powerful resolution of the drama that began in the hit novels The VIP Room and Stockholm Delete.

Speaking of Stories – Jens Lapidus and Ryan Gattis

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.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2015

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.

‘Stockholm Delete’ No. 2 in Sweden

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.

‘Stockholm Delete’ published in Sweden

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 and Anders de la Motte shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award

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.

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