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 Glasskniven Norway – Bortbytaren The Mountain King 2024
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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The Leo Asker Series

The Skåne Quartet

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The Game Trilogy

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BBC acquires psychological thrillers ‘End of Summer’ and ‘Jana – Marked for Life’

The BBC just announced that they have acquired two Swedish crime dramas, End of Summer, based on the bestselling work of Anders de la Motte, and the thriller series Jana – Marked for Life, directed by Henrik Björn and Felix Herngren, with Daniel Sawka and Maria Karlsson as head-writers.

End of Summer, based on former police officer Anders de la Motte’s novel of the same name, is a six-part psychological thriller starring Julia Ragnarsson (Midsommar, The Bridge) and Erik Enge (Tigers, The Sandhamn Murders). Viaplay produced End of Summer with Harmonica Films in a co-production with SF Studios and Film i Skåne. The series is directed by Jens Jonsson (Young Wallander) and Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge) with lead writers Stefan Thunberg (Wallander) and Björn Carlström (Hunters), who also produced the series with Per Janérus (Hunters).

Jana – Marked for Life follows the investigation of a murder of a high-ranking official at the Swedish Migration Agency. When the main suspect is also found dead, Jana immediately recognizes something on his scarred body. To understand her own traumatic past, Jana must reach the killer ahead of the police. The six episodes are created and directed by Henrik Björn and Felix Herngren. Daniel Sawka is head-writer together with Maria Karlsson. The series is an adaptation of Emelie Schepp’s bestselling novel of the same name, and in Sweden it will premiere on Prime Video on April 19.

“End of Summer is a complex and absorbing mystery drama in a beautiful setting. Jana – Marked for Life is an intriguing and suspenseful thriller. We are so pleased to be adding these two compelling series to our rich catalogue of Nordic Noir” says Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition.

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‘The Mountain King’ shortlisted for the Norwegian crime award Glasskniven

Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King, is one among four other crime titles that has been shortlisted for the newly founded Norwegian crime award Glasskniven. The award is given to the best translated crime novel published in Norway in the last three years.

The Mountain King is the first installment in the bestselling Leo Asker series, and the jury praises it in the following way: “Anders de la Motte writes wistfully beautifully. He has a language that flows easily, with an underlying nerve that spreads beyond the action. The story is dark but still fresh, with things happening in the shadows that could scare the living daylight out of most people. The book is composed with a lot of action and intrigue, but the interest is maintained throughout the novel. This was simply a unique reading feast and a thrilling mystery, with condensed action, written in a literary language that few other crime writers can boast.”

The winner will be announced the 15th of May.

The Norwegian Storytel Awards 2024

The voting is now open for this year’s Norwegian Storytel Awards, which pay particular respect to the audio book narrators working on the nominated titles.

Among those whose works have been nominated in the category Crime & Suspense are Anders de la Motte with The Mountain King, Anders Roslund with Sweet Dreams, Jørn Lier Horst with The Traitor, Jo Nesbø with Killing Moon, and Lars Kepler with The Spider.

Thomas Seltzer’s American Karmageddon is nominated in the category Narrated by Author.

Anders de la Motte’s ‘The Mountain King’ No. 3 in Spain

The first installment in Anders de la Motte’s Leo Asker series, The Mountain King, is No. 3 on the official bestseller list for fiction in Spain, and No. 5 on the Catalonian fiction list. The novel was published in Spain and Catalonia earlier this month.


Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger No. 1 most sold in Norway 2023

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger claim the top spot on Norway’s 2023 bestseller list with Victim, their fifth Blix & Ramm novel. Horst then makes a second showing in the top ten with The Traitor, which features at No. 4. Also appearing twice in the top ten is Jo Nesbø, with Killing Moon at No. 3, and The Night House at No. 8. A non-Norwegian author in the top is Anders de la Motte, whose The Mountain King comes in at No. 6. The highest-placing female writer is Anne Holt, with Twelve Untamed Horses at No. 9.

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‘Back in the Day’ and ‘The Glass Man’ on VG’s ‘Best books of the year’ list

Oliver Lovrenski’s Back in the Day and Anders de la Motte’s second installment in The Leo Asker Series, The Glass Man, are two of the titles featured on Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang’s “Best books of the year 2023” list for literature & fiction. The annual list is put together by renowned critics by picking out their own personal favorite reads of the past year. The critics’ words are as follows:

Back in The Day, for Best Fiction of 2023:
“I can’t recall seeing a debutant receive the kind of attention that Oliver Lovrenski has garnered in a very, very long time. And it’s completely deserved.”

“What a scorcher of a debut novel! The 19-year-old Lovrenski has burst onto the scene, into bookstores, and into the hearts of readers with tremendous force.”

The Glass Man, for Best Crime of 2023:
“A creepy opening kicks off the second book /…/ and the eeriness persists throughout the entire book. De la Motte is adept at creating eerie and fascinating perpetrators. ‘The Glass Man’ is even better than last year’s ‘The Mountain King,’ and it’s extremely difficult to put down.”

‘Back in the Day’ No. 1 in Norway

Oliver Lovrenski continues to dominate the Norwegian hardcover list, coming in at No. 1 with Back in the Day. Anders de la Motte meanwhile debuts on the e-book list with his just published The Glass Man, which comes in at No. 5. The Glass Man is the second installment in the Leo Asker series.

‘The Glass Man’ published in Sweden

Detective Inspector Leonore Asker has just settled in as head of the Department of Lost Souls, a unit for odd cases, when her father contacts her after years of silence. A body with no eyes has been found on his farm; the police are chasing him, and he is desperate for Leo’s help. But is her father as innocent as he claims, or is he trying to reel Leo into his vicious grip once again?

Meanwhile, Martin Hill moves to a secluded estate to write a biography about the business leader Gunnar Irving, intrigued by the fact that the legendary property contains a private island with an abandoned astronomical observatory. Soon, Hill discovers that the area has more stories to offer – about mysterious lights and mutilated bodies. While Asker and Hill try to find answers, The Glass Man rises from the depths of darkness from which no one ever returns. Nobody but him.

The Glass Man is the second installment in the highly praised Asker Series.

‘The Mountain King’ No. 1 in Sweden

Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King celebrates its third week at No. 1 on the official paperback bestseller list in Sweden.

The Mountain King No. 2 in Denmark

Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King, the first installment in the Leo Asker series, is the 2nd most sold title among all thriller and crime fiction titles in Denmark this week.

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