Anne Holt

Anne Holt (b. 1958) is one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers with 10 million copies sold around the world. Holt is a former Minister of Justice, Police Attorney, lawyer (with her own firm), journalist, and TV news editor and anchor. Her novels are intelligent, accessible and suspenseful, with engaging and intriguing protagonists. Tight-knit crime plots are paired with a focus on relational drama. Anne Holt is the author of three very successful crime series: the Inger Johanne Vik series (five installments), the Hanne Wilhelmsen series (eleven installments) and now, most recently, the Selma Falck series (three installments).


Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Furet / Værbitt A Necessary Death 2021
Radio Bremen’s Crime Award Germany 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – En grav for to A Grave For Two 2019
Shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award (Best Lesbian Mystery) US – Offline Offline 2018
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel) US – 1222 1222 2012
Shortlisted for the Shamus Award (Best Hardcover PI Novel) US – 1222 1222 2012
Shortlisted for the Macavity Award (Best Mystery Novel) US – 1222 1222 2012
The Great Calibre Award of Honor Poland 2012
The Cappelen Prize Norway 2001
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize Norway – Demonens død Death of the Demon 1995
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year) Norway – Blind gudinne Blind Goddess 1994
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Selma Falck

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Inger Johanne Vik

Dr. Sara Zuckerman

May-Britt & March-Britt

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Ahnhem and Holt on the weekly Norwegian bestseller list

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail continues to feature on the official Norwegian bestseller list and claims the No. 1 placement on the e-book list for the third consecutive week, while also grabbing No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list for the second week in a row. Anne Holt’s The Eleventh Manuscript keeps its No. 2 spot on the e-book list.

Ahnhem and Holt on the Norwegian bestseller list

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail stays firmly put at at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books for the second consecutive week, and enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 4 this week. Anne Holt’s The Eleventh Manuscript joins Ahnhem on the e-book list, coming in at No. 2.

The 2021 Petrona Award shortlist

The Petrona Award’s jury has just presented its shortlist for the 2021 Petrona Award for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.’ The list of six nominees include Anne Holt with A Necessary Death, Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger with Death Deserved, and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir with Gallows Rock.

The Judges have the following to say about each title:

“A pacy, absorbing thriller with a gutsy, complex main character.” – on Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death.

“The novel expertly fuses the writers’ individual styles, while showcasing their joint talent for writing credible and engaging characters, and creating a fast-paced, exciting plot.” – on Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Death Deserved.

“[The protagonists’] relationship provides readers with some lighter moments and occasional black humour, along with a frisson of mutual attraction. The novel’s intricate plot focuses on skewed morals and revenge.” – on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s Gallows Rock.

The winning title will be announced on Thursday 4 November, 2021.

‘The Eleventh Manuscript’ published in Norway

A pandemic has swept the world. Hanne Wilhelmsen, long since retired from the police force, has already lived in self-imposed exile in her apartment for years. As Norway is shut down, she finally has the chance to reclaim her empty city.

At the same time, police officer Henrik Holme is struggling with a murder case that no one seems to care too much about. A woman has been found naked in the trunk of a car. The body is intact, apart from the face which has been beaten beyond recognition. No one has reported her missing. No one knows who she is. Holme must turn to his old mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen for help.

At the biggest publishing house in Norway, the young editor Ebba Braut is only four days into her new job when the pandemic hits with full force. From her cramped home office, she is assigned the task to hunt down a very valuable lost manuscript by one of the publisher’s best-selling authors. She too is forced to call on Hanne Wilhelmsen, who recently submitted her first crime novel without being especially interested in being edited.

The Eleventh Manuscript is a story about family secrets and deceit, about identity theft and fraud, about authors and the publishing industry, and about how “realistic fiction” can be life-threatening. Literally.

Jens Lapidus and Anne Holt No. 1 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone doesn’t budge from its place atop the e-book and audio bestseller lists in Sweden. Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death is likewise a steady presence at No. 1 on the paperback list.

Jens Lapidus and Anne Holt No. 1 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ just published The No-Go Zone makes its debut on the official bestseller lists this week, coming in at No. 1 in e-book and audio. Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death stays put at No. 1 on the paperback list.

Anne Holt February’s No. 1 in Sweden

The paperback bestseller list of February 2021 sees Anne Holt land the No. 1 spot with A Necessary Death. The title is the second installment in the Selma Falck series.

Anne Holt No. 1 in Sweden

Anne Holt takes the No. 1 spot on the official paperback bestseller list of week 7 in Sweden. The title in question is A Necessary Death, the second installment in the Selma Falck series.

‘The Mandela Effect‘ published in Norway

Selma Falck is unprepared as her get-together with friends is suddenly transformed into a murder scene. A sniper fires a single shot, hitting her old friend Linda Bruseth in the head and injuring Selma. Linda’s relative anonymity as a little known parliament representative lead the press and the police to speculate that the real target of the assassination was Selma. She initially sees no reason to doubt them.

But closer investigation by the police soon undermines the theory, and it now stands clear that a member of parliament has been killed on the open street. When a Supreme Court judge is then found hanged, and a member of the government dies under mysterious circumstances, Selma senses a pattern in both the choice of victims and murder methods. In her search for answers, she stumbles across an apparent chaos of power abuse, conspiracies and personal tragedies. And not least, an ice cold vengeance that seems impossible to stop.

The Mandela Effect is the third installment in the Selma Falck series.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

This week on the official bestseller lists in Sweden, Anders Roslund places at No. 8 in the paperback category with Knock Knock, the first installment in the Nameless Girls Diptych. The sequel, Sweet Dreams, comes in at No. 3 on the audio list, and No. 6 in e-books. Also on the e-books list is Anne Holt, whose A Necessary Death is No. 8. Finally, Simona Ahrnstedt’s Just a Bit More is No. 10 in paperback.

The weekly Swedish bestseller list

Anders Roslund continues to feature with two titles on the official bestseller lists from Sweden. This week, Sweet Dreams is No. 4 in audio, No. 6 in e-book and No. 8 in hardcover, while Knock Knock is No. 5 on the paperback list. Also on the paperback list is Simona Ahrnstedt, claiming the No. 9 spot with Just a Bit More. Anne Holt meanwhile grabs the No. 4 position on the e-book list with A Necessary Death.

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