The Mountain King
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anders de la Motte’s Rites of Spring is the No. 1 most sold paperback of January 2021 in Sweden. The novel also claims the No. 1 spot on week 4’s paperback list.
Anders de la Motte takes the No. 1 spot on the official paperback bestseller list of week 3 in Sweden. The title in question is Rites of Spring, the fourth and final installment in the Skåne Quartet.
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.
Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow scores three No. 2 placements on the official Swedish weekly bestseller lists for week 17. The Last Snow comes in second in hardcover, audio, and e-book. It is joined in the last category by Jackson’s debut novel, The Silver Road, which features at No. 3 also this week. The No. 1 spots on the audio and e-book lists go to Arne Dahl’s Freedom, the just published fourth title in the Berger & Blom series. Freedom also comes in at No. 3 on the hardcover list. Making a three-list appearance is also Anders de la Motte, whose Rites of Spring is No. 3 in audio, No. 4 in e-book and No. 9 in hardcover.