Anders de la Motte

Anders de la Motte (b. 1971), a former police officer, made his debut in 2010 with the award-winning thriller Game and has since then been one of Sweden’s most beloved crime writers. De la Motte is the author of several acclaimed and bestselling crime fiction series, among them the suspenseful Skåne Quartet. Published in 2022, The Mountain King is the first installment in his highly anticipated Leo Asker series.


Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Bortbytaren The Mountain King 2023
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Bortbytaren The Mountain King 2022
Shortlisted for the Golden Bullet Award Norway – Höstdåd Deeds of Fall 2019
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Vintereld Dead of Winter 2018
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Höstdåd Deeds of Fall 2017
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Crime Writer of the Year - Readers’ Award) Sweden 2017
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Slutet på sommaren End of Summer 2016
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – UltiMatum Ultimatum 2015
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Debut) Sweden – [geim] Game 2010
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‘End of Summer’ Viaplay’s latest big thriller venture

End of Summer, based on the novel of the same title by Anders de la Motte, will be Viaplay’s big new thriller TV-series.

In the series, the main character Vera is played by Julia Ragnarsson, with Erik Enge playing the supporting role of Isak. Ragnarsson and Enge are joined by castmates Simon J Berger, Torkel Petersson, Per Ragnar, Linus James Nilsson, Anna Granath, Emelie Garbers, Henrik Norlén, Bahador Foladi and Vilhelm Blomgren.

Directors are Jens Jonsson and Henrik Georgsson while Björn Carlström and Stefan Thunberg are main screenwriters.

The six-episode TV-series will premiere exclusively on Viaplay later this year.

The Storytel Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for this year’s Swedish Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King, Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights, Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing, and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

The Details by Ia Genberg is featured within the fiction category.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen and Mats Wänblad’s The Happiness Cure for Teens and Elaf Ali’s Who Said Anything About Love? feature on the YA list, whilst Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery and Stories from Valleby: The mysterious letter are in the running for the children’s books award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 5, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.

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‘Poor Thing’ and ‘The Mountain King’ on VG’s ‘Best books of the year’ list

Matias Faldbakken’s Poor Thing and Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King are two of the titles featured on Norweigan newspaper Verdens Gang’s “Best books of the year 2022” list for literature & fiction. The annual list is one put together by renowned critics by picking out their own personal favorite reads of the past year.

‘The Mountain King’ No. 4 in Norway

Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King comes in at No. 4 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books week 46. The Mountain King is the first installment in the Leo Asker series.

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

Anders de la Motte and Erik Axl Sund have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2022 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’. Anders de la Motte is nominated for The Mountain King and Erik Axl Sund for Paper Souls.

‘The Mountain King’ No. 4 in Sweden

Anders de la Motte’s just published The Mountain King enters the official Swedish bestseller lists at No. 4. The Mountain King is the first installment in the new Leo Asker series.

‘The Mountain King’ published in Sweden

Criminal inspector Leonore Asker seems to have the leading position of Malmö’s Major Crime Division within reach. However, in the middle of a high-profile kidnapping case, management chooses to “promote” her to head of the so-called Department of Lost Souls, a unit for odd cases situated in the basement of the police station.

Despite the humiliation, Asker is drawn into one of the peculiar cases. Someone is placing small ominous figures in a model train scenery and one of them turns out to represent the kidnapped woman.

The case’s connections to abandoned places causes Asker to contact Martin Hill, lecturer in architecture with a strong interest in urban exploration. Soon Asker and Hill suspect that beyond the seemingly banal lurks an unusual kind of evil.

The Mountain King is the first installment in the Leo Asker series.

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Anders de la Motte’s ‘End of Summer’ becomes Viaplay Original drama

Viaplay will adapt the bestselling work of Swedish crime writer Anders de la Motte for the screen. The psychological thriller End of Summer, based on de la Motte’s hit novel of the same title, will premiere exclusively as a Viaplay Original in 2023 with an all-star cast to be revealed in due course. Written by Björn Carlström (Jägarna) and Stefan Thunberg (Wallander), End of Summer is directed by Jens Jonsson (Young Wallander) and Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge), and is produced by Harmonica Films with SF Studios and Film i Skåne as co-producers.

On a summer’s evening in 1984, a five-year-old boy vanishes in rural southern Sweden. The police investigation fails to find the truth, leaving behind rumours, suspicion and a grieving family. Twenty years later, the boy’s older sister Vera is leading a group therapy session in Stockholm, when a young man describes a strangely familiar childhood memory of a disappearance. A shaken Vera travels home to her fractured family to uncover, once and for all, what really happened in the summer that never ended.

Anders de la Motte: “It’s incredibly exciting that End of Summer will become a TV series. I’ve worked on this with Harmonica Films for a long time, and with Viaplay we’ve now made it happen. End of Summer is my first book to be filmed, and for personal reasons the story is very close to my heart. I’ve read the script and seen the cast list, and I’m very confident that this will be something really special.”

Filippa Wallestam, Viaplay Group Chief Content Officer: “Anders de la Motte’s novels have thrilled readers in more than 30 countries – and his compelling blend of suspense, psychology and character development will translate beautifully to the screen. The talents on both sides of the camera for this project are exceptional. Viewers across the Nordic region and internationally can already add End of Summer to their calendar as one of the highlights of Viaplay’s incredible slate for the coming years.”

Filming of the six-part series will begin shortly in and around Helsingborg in Sweden. End of Summer is produced by Harmonica Films’ Per Janérus, with Tim King at SF Studios and Helena Larand at Viaplay Group as executive producers. Worldwide sales are handled by Viaplay Content Distribution.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller list

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger reprise their placements on last week’s paperback bestseller list, coming in at No. 1 with The Mirror Man and No. 2 with Unhinged respectively. The e-book list meanwhile sees two names making a comeback: Katrine Engberg with The Tenant, which places at No. 3, and Anders de la Motte with Rites of Spring, which places at No. 4.

‘Rites of Spring’ No. 1 in Sweden

Anders de la Motte’s Rites of Spring makes a repeat appearance at No. 1 on the weekly paperback bestseller list in Sweden. This is the third No. 1 placement since the novel’s paperback publication.

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