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 (ten installments) and now, most recently, the Selma Falck series (two installments).


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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

Hanne Wilhelmsen

Inger Johanne Vik

Dr. Sara Zuckerman

May-Britt & March-Britt

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‘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.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg’s The Tenant is yet again No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks, coming in at the top for the fourth week in a row. The hardcover list meanwhile sees Jonas Bonnier land a No. 3 placement with The Day of the Lord, and Niklas Natt och Dag appear at No. 4 with 1794. Natt och Dag’s debut title, The Wolf and the Watchman, comes in at No. 4 on the audio list. It is closely followed by Anne Holt’s A Grave For Two, which is No. 5 in audio as well as e-books. The No. 4 spot on the e-book list goes to Anders Roslund and Knock Knock.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg's The Tenant continues to reign the paperback list, claiming the No. 1 spot also this week. Niklas Natt och Dag's debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman nabs the No. 5 spot on the same list, while the hardcover list sees Natt och Dag's succeeding novel 1794 in the No. 4 position. The hardcover list also features Jonas Bonnier's The Day of the Lord, which comes in at No. 5.

Anders Roslund meanwhile is No. 2 on the e-book list with his crime fiction novel Knock Knock, accompanied by Anne Holt's A Grave For Two at No. 3 and Natt och Dag's The Wolf and the Watchman at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg continues to top the paperback bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 1 with The Tenant for the second week in a row. Niklas Natt och Dag repeats his top placement also, featuring at No. 1 on the hardcover list with 1794. Anders Roslund grabs the last No. 1 placement in this roundup, coming in first on the e-book list with Knock Knock. Anne Holt’s A Grave For Two is not far behind at No. 3.

The Storytel Awards 2019

The nominees for 2019’s Storytel Awards have been announced. Previously known as the Grand Audiobook Prize, the Storytel Awards have been handed out to the best audio books in Sweden since 2007. The awards are split into five categories: Suspense, Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for the Suspense award are: Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die, Anne Holt’s A Grave for Two, Kristina Ohlsson’s To Him Who Knocks, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, Jo Nesbø’s Knife, and Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock.

The Fiction nominees include: Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm, Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People, Simona Ahrnstedt’s Just a Little More, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794.

Fans will be able to vote for their favorites till January 17, and the winners will be announced at a gala event on April 2.

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The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst continues to feature at the top of the official weekly bestseller lists in Norway. Ill Will, the third installment in the Cold Case Quartet, is No. 1 in hardcover and in e-books also this week. Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death stays put on the e-book list as well, coming in at No. 4.

‘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.

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