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Thomas Engström

Thomas Engström (b. 1975) is an established writer and journalist, specializing in security policy affairs and foreign politics. During his academic and professional career he’s obtained a law degree with emphasis on International Law and Human Rights, as well as the title ‘Columnist of the Year’, and now most recently the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ ‘Best Debut’ award for West of Liberty, the first installment in his Ludwig Licht Quartet. The novel follows the life of a former Stasi agent and CIA spy turned barkeep and freelance problem solver. Engström is also an experienced translator from English to Swedish, including works by Barack Obama, Mark Bowden and Ian Kershaw.

“With his books about the toughest German in the history of crime writing, Ludwig Licht, Thomas Engström has managed both to celebrate and to transform the classical spy novel. The style is tight, the darkness massive, the suspense unbearable and the sense of humour absolutely liberating.”
Arne Dahl

“The Ludwig Licht series is a marvelous achievement: an international spy adventure, a deep psychological character study, and at times a razor-sharp analysis of our current political climate. Engström’s prose is cool, funny, precise, and elegant. It’s Nordic noir like you’ve never read it before.”
Christoffer Carlsson

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Ludwig Licht Quartet

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Thomas Engström, Anders de la Motte and Roslund & Thunberg shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award

Thomas Engström’s East of the Abyss, Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, and Roslund & Thunberg’s The Sons have been shortlisted for the 2017 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’.

The winning author and novel will be announced on November 26th.

Thomas Engström’s ‘West of Liberty’ to become TV series

Thomas Engström’s award-winning novel about Ludwig Licht, former Stasi agent and CIA informant, is to be made into a TV series for the international market.

West of Liberty, the title of both novel and TV series, takes place in among else Berlin, where the arrest of the corrupt leader of a whistleblowing site has thrown the city into turmoil. Clive Barner, chief of the CIA’s Berlin office and Ludwig Licht’s old contact when he worked as a double agent in the 1970s, calls in Licht. The former informant turned barkeep and freelance problem solver has to pray his old skills haven’t rusted as he’s pulled back into the shadow world of those who make a living finding – and killing for – intelligence.

The TV series will consist of six episodes of 45 minutes. Sara Heldt and Donna Sharp have written the script, and Barbara Eder will direct when shooting starts in spring 2018. Producers are Anagram Sverige AB and Network Movie (Germany). The TV series is already sold to YLE in Finland and TV2 in Norway.

‘East of the Abyss’ published in Sweden

Tbilisi, July 2016. Pauline Hollister has secrets, dark ones. The businesswoman turns to Ludwig Licht, now working for the security company EXPLCO’s Georgian branch. But before she can tell him everything she knows, Pauline disappears.

Meanwhile, the Caucasian republic is fraying at the seams due to a series of terror attacks in the capital. In the North, Russia’s presence looms greater than ever. What was it Pauline wanted to tell Licht – what has she set in motion? Ludwig is soon facing his most dangerous, not to mention ruthless, opponent to date: a man he used to know as his superior in the Stasi.

East of the Abyss is the fourth and final installment in Thomas Engström’s award-winning series about Ludwig Licht, former Stasi agent and star CIA spy in the DDR turned freelancing problem solver.

New author – Thomas Engström

Thomas Engström (b. 1975) is an established writer and journalist, specializing in security policy affairs and foreign politics. During his academic and professional career he’s obtained a law degree with emphasis on International Law and Human Rights.