‘The Dog Park’ published in Finland

In Sofi Oksanen’s The Dog Park, modern-day Helsinki intertwines with the past of Ukraine’s post-Soviet independence. The corruption of the East meets and feeds the greed of the West, and at this intersection stand two women. Their story of loyalty, love and broken trust play out against a backdrop of power struggles – between influential families, and between the sexes as the lifegiving ability of the female body becomes a lucrative commodity.

Oksanen moves between psychological thriller and the acutely human as she weaves a captivating narrative about a woman unable to escape the memory of her lost child, the powers that still hunt her, and the lies that saved her life. Sharply observant and a master of portraits, this time Oksanen turns her eye to the fertility business, illustrating the micro-realities of the international baby-making factories.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst’s highly anticipated third installment in the Cold Case Quartet, Ill Will, debuts at the top of the official Norwegian bestseller lists for week 37, coming in at No. 1 in e-book and No. 2 in hardcover. Hedvig Montgomery’s just published The Elementary School Age makes its first appearance as well, featuring at No. 5 in the nonfiction category. Last is the paperback category, where Stefan Ahnhem jumps another placement, landing at No. 4 with Motive X.

‘A Necessary Death’ published in Norway

Selma Falck wakes to a nightmare. She’s naked and trapped in a burning cabin on a snow-covered mountain. She has no idea where she is or how she got there. Hurt and bleeding, she barely makes it out in time. Wearing nothing more than a pair of oversized rubber boots, she watches the cabin burn to the ground. There are no signs of human habitation nearby, the temperature is rapidly dropping, and a blizzard is approaching. She must survive.

As Selma fights the cold, the hunger and her own wounds, it comes back to her in bits and pieces. She tries to put it all together, and eventually it forms a frightening picture of the past six months. Selma realizes that she not only has to survive, but make it back to civilization, quickly. Murder has been committed, and a great injustice must be stopped. The future of the nation itself is at stake.

A Necessary Death is the second installment in Anne Holt’s Selma Falck series.

‘Where the Oak Still Stands’ published in Sweden

A difficult divorce has left Esther adrift and the weekends without her son are painfully lonely. Every other Saturday she goes to an old oak tree in a meadow by the water. One day, Ruth is there waiting for her – an older lady with a wonderful ability to focus on everything that’s beautiful in life. As Ruth recounts her youth, Esther can’t help but be fascinated by her stories. An unexpected and steadfast friendship blossoms between the two women. But everything isn’t as it seems. What secrets are Ruth hiding? The search for answers takes Esther all the way to Italy and Lake Como, where she begins to see that there is far more to Ruth than she ever let on.

Sofia Lundberg’s Where the Oak Still Stands is a gripping novel about longing, guilt, undying friendship, and finding oneself again after a destructive relationship.

Billboard Magazine premieres Kleerup’s new single featuring AlunaGeorge

In 2019, Kleerup will return with a new, as yet untitled album. The lead track, Lovers Table – a collaboration with UK dance-pop act AlunaGeorge – proves once more that Kleerup’s pop genius is a source of unforgettable musical gems, and the past decade has only served to hone his production and song writing talents even further.

Billboard Magazine premiered the single yesterday (see “Read more” below). Lovers Table is rereleased today on all platforms.

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‘1794’ published in Sweden

The year is 1794. A mother mourns her daughter, killed on her wedding night. When no one will listen to her suspicions, she begs the aid of the only one left: a one-armed watchman grieving his dead friend. In a hospital on the outskirts of the same city, Stockholm, a young nobleman agonizes over the horrific crime he is accused of.

In 1794, the second installment of Niklas Natt och Dag’s historical noir trilogy, the reader is reunited with Mickel Cardell, Anna Stina Knapp, and the bustling, rotten world of the late 18th century. Stockholm is about to see its darkest days yet as veneers crack and the splendor of old gives way to the darkness hiding in the city’s nooks and crannies.

‘Quick’ to premiere in Sweden

Quick is a captivating story about the biggest legal scandal in Swedish history and a journalistic thriller about a man who sacrificed everything in his search for the truth.

Quick is inspired by Swedish journalist Hannes Råstam’s book Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer. The script is written by Norwegian author Erlend Loe and Mikael Håfström is the director. In the role of journalist Hannes Råstam we see Jonas Karlsson, and Thomas Quick is portrayed by David Dencik. Alba August plays the researcher Jenny Küttim.

The film is produced by Brain Academy and will premiere in Swedish theaters on September 20.

‘The Elementary School Age’ published in Norway

In this fourth installment in the Parental Magic series, Hedvig Montgomery will guide parents and guardians through the years when a child first finds her place in the larger community: The elementary school age.

The elementary school age is one that’s full of big, hard-to-handle emotions and the search for what it means to be “me.” It is during these years that a child’s personality takes shape. It’s an adventure full of vulnerability. The fear of ending up without friends or making a fool of oneself is common, and despite being social beginners, children will have to navigate many new things: math homework, fragile friendships, and other tricky situations.

Hedvig Montgomery will give you the methods and advice you need on this journey towards raising secure and happy children. She will answer the questions that all parents ask themselves: How do I get my child to confide in me when something is difficult? What do I do if my child is lonely? How much time should we spend on homework? This is the book that will make you the parent you wish to be.

‘Ill Will’ published in Norway

A cold case heats up as the body of a young woman is found in the forest. She’s been killed and dismembered in a manner that’s eerily reminiscent of serial killer Tom Kerr’s signature m.o. But Kerr is currently serving his fourth year behind bars and couldn’t possibly have committed the murder. Everything points instead to the man the press named The Other - Kerr’s never-found partner.

Adrian Stiller prepares a reconstruction in which Kerr will lead the police to the remains of an old victim. The grave is in Eftang and Wisting is put in charge of security. His daughter Line has been recruited to document it all. But the reconstruction goes terribly wrong and when Kerr escapes, Wisting suddenly finds himself being made the scapegoat as both Kerr and The Other are free once more.

Ill Will is the third installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s internationally award-winning Cold Case Quartet.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Week 36’s (September 2nd - 8th) official bestseller lists for Norway see Jo Nesbø’s Knife appear at No. 4 in hardcover and e-book. In the paperback category, Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X is No. 5.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Cabin, just published in Sweden, debuts on the official weekly Swedish bestseller lists at No. 3 in audio and No. 5 in e-book.

Jo Nesbø No. 2 in Germany

Jo Nesbø’s Knife stays at No. 2 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for hardcover fiction this week, the novel’s second consecutive week on the list.

‘Who Killed Bambi?’ published in Finland and Sweden

Saga-Lill and Emmy have known each other since childhood but are at vastly different places in their lives: Emmy is a young mother and married to Mats, an older investment consultant. Saga-Lill is a former theology student who has lost her footing. Then there is Gusten Gripe, their friend who grew up in the polished suburb that the greater part of the story takes place in. But beneath the surface, the suburb is hiding an old wound: a brutal gang rape that took place in the house by the lake, the “Crow’s Ship.” Once the home of the affluent Häggert family, it now only houses the remaining son Nathan.

The violent incident is a thing of the past. The four perpetrators, “the boys,” were all sons of the community. But suddenly Cosmo Brant, the entrepreneur, returns to the area to make a film about the crime. He wants to call it “Who Killed Bambi?”.

Monika Fagerholm is finally back with Who Killed Bambi?, a novel about female friendship and rivalry, boys at the mercy of each other, and families breaking apart. About careless living, and the death of innocence.

The August bestseller lists in Sweden

The monthly Swedish bestseller lists for August partly reprise the previous month’s placements, with Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock coming in at No. 2 in hardcover, audio and e-book. Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 3 in audio and No. 4 in hardcover and e-book.

‘Stray Bullets’ published in Denmark

It is a beautiful day in April when 15-year-old Oscar disappears. A typical neglected middle child, Oscar is initially thought to have run away from home. But the police cannot ignore the signs pointing to something more sinister. Has the teen been taken against his will? The police have only one piece of evidence to tell them where he is: an ambiguous quote from a novel.

In Stray Bullets, Katrine Engberg’s talented investigators Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner reunite once more with Esther de Laurenti to uncover the truth of a mysterious kidnapping case with unexpected depths.

Katrine Engberg’s Stray Bullets is the fourth novel about the Police Sergeants Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner.

‘We Shall Not Awaken’ published in Norway

Former interrogation leader Thorkild Aske must return to his roots on Iceland when his father Ulfur, an environmentalist with a checkered past, is stricken with cancer. But Ulfur is also in jail: he has been charged with the murder of his young lover. When Ulfur insists that he is innocent of the crime, Thorkild and his sister find themselves searching for the truth and the real killer. Their journey across Iceland and into the murky depths of the past – their own as well as that of Ulfur’s radical environmentalist group – threatens to lay bare dark secrets best forgotten. The price of the truth will be exacted in lives.

We Shall Not Awaken is the third Thorkild Aske novel, and a true exploration of the gothic and sardonic universe of Heine Bakkeid’s lauded protagonist.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders Roslund’s long-running bestseller Knock Knock is No. 5 both in audio and e-book on week 35’s official Swedish bestseller lists.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s longterm bestseller Knife is No. 2 on week 35’s official bestseller list for e-books in Norway, coming in at No. 3 on the hardcover list as well. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X doesn’t budge from its spot on the paperback list, and comes in at No. 5 also this week.