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Arne Dahl

Arne Dahl (b. 1963) is regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers of Scandinavia. An award-winning author, critic and editor, Dahl is the creator of the bestselling Intercrime series and Opcop quartet. His books have sold more than 4 million copies, and been translated into 32 languages. For his eminent authorship, Dahl has been awarded the premier crime writing awards of Germany, Denmark and Sweden. In 2016 he began his new series about detectives Sam Berger and Molly Blom.

“Arne Dahl is possibly the most thoughtful and playful contemporary Nordic crime writer. He also happens to be one of the most thrilling.”
-Ian Rankin

“Arne Dahl is one of the true greats of Scandinavian crime fiction.”
-Mark Billingham

“Arne Dahl has created a school of his own within the Swedish crime writing tradition. He combines global intrigue with intelligence, suspense, and genuine literary quality.”
-Lars Kepler

Awards

Shortlisted for European Crime Fiction Star Award, Shortlisted for the ThrillZone Awards, Shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Short Novel Prize, Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the European Crime Fiction Star Award, Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, Shortlisted for the International TV Dagger Award, Shortlisted for the Glass Key, Shortlisted for the Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, Radio Bremen’s Crime Award, Shortlisted for the European Crime Fiction Star Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, The German Crime Fiction Award, The German Crime Fiction Award, The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award See full list

Bibliography

Berger & Blom

Intercrime

Opcop

Stand-alone

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Arne Dahl No.1 in Finland

Arne Dahl’s first installment in the Berger & Blom series, Watching You, comes in at No. 1 on the official weekly Finnish bestseller list for paperbacks.

Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell No. 1 in Sweden

The weekly bestseller lists in Sweden have been announced, and Anders de la Motte and Jonas Gardell each claim one No. 1 spot. Anders de la Motte does so on the paperback list with his Deeds of Fall, and Jonas Gardell features at the top of the e-book list with In Memory of an Unconditional Love. Gardell also comes in at No. 2 on the hardcover list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman climbs one placement to No. 4 on the paperback list. On the e-book list, Jørn Lier Horst and The Katharina Code stay put at No. 2, as does Arne Dahl’s Turmoil at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love remains one of the top titles on the official weekly bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 2 this week. The top spot on the paperback list is meanwhile claimed by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, No. 1 for the third week in a row. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the same paperback list.

New on the list for children’s books is Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published The Mummy’s Riddle rockets to No. 2. The Mummy’s Riddle is the third book in the Monster Trilogy.

The nonfiction list remains unchanged also this week, with Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career placing No. 4.

On the audio and e-book list Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance with his The Katharina Code, which comes in at No. 3 on the audio list and No. 2 on the e-book one. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil is No. 4 on the e-book list.

Arne Dahl No. 5 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Turmoil, the third installment in the Berger & Blom series, is No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list.

Arne Dahl on Danish bestseller list

Arne Dahl’s Turmoil claims the No. 3 spot on the crime fiction list at Arnold Busck, one of Denmark’s biggest book retailers.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl on the Finnish bestseller list

The official Finnish bestseller lists for the month of August have been released and Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth is No. 1 on the list for translated fiction and Arne Dahl’s Watching You claims the No. 4 spot on the paperback list.

The August bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of August are out in Sweden, and on the hardcover fiction list Jonas Gardell’s new novel In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 3. Just after Gardell comes Arne Dahl and Turmoil at No. 4. Dahl also makes an appearance on the e-book list, where Turmoil is No. 2.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman (1793) is No. 4 on the same e-book list, and No. 4 on the paperback list. Anders de la Motte’s second stand-alone novel Deeds of Fall is No. 3 in the paperback category.

Lastly, Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2 on the nonfiction list, and No. 2 on the audio list.

Jonas Gardell, Anders de la Motte, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag, Arne Dahl and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

This week’s official bestseller lists from Sweden see Jonas Gardell at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list with his just published In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

The paperback list is meanwhile topped by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, coming in at No. 1. De la Motte is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places No. 4 with 1793.

Leif GW Persson makes a repeat appearance on the lists with his Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, which claims the No. 4 position on the nonfiction list and the No. 5 on the audio list. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil comes in at No. 4 on the same audio list, and No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst’s just published The Katharina Code is No. 2 on the e-book list.

Arne Dahl, Niklas Natt och Dag and Leif GW Persson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Arne Dahl’s latest Berger & Blom novel, Turmoil, continues to stay on the Swedish bestseller list, claiming the No. 1 spot on the e-book list. It also holds the No. 3 spot on the audiobook list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 stays in the top on the paperback list, coming in at No. 4 this week.

Finally, Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 3 on the non-fiction list.

Arne Dahl, Leif GW Persson and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

Arne Dahl’s Turmoil debuts on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers at No. 2. The third Berger & Blom novel also claims a spot on the ebook list, where it is No. 3.

Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2 on the nonfiction list, similarly occupying a second spot on the lists in the form of a No. 3 placement on the audio list.

Lastly there is the paperback list, where Niklas Natt och Dag continues to place among the top authors and titles. His 1793 is No. 3 this week, and No. 2 on the ebook list.

‘Turmoil’ published in Sweden

Sam Berger is suspected of a murder he has not committed, and his partner Molly Blom is in a coma. He escapes to the archipelago and waits for an order from the Swedish Security Service’s chief executive. A terrorist attempt is threatening Stockholm and a wanted murderer, who has kidnapped a girl, can go free. Is Berger the solution or part of the problem?

Arne Dahl reaffirms his mastery with Turmoil, a crime novel of international class, in the same spirit as his previous highly acclaimed novels Watching You and Hunted.

Arne Dahl shortlisted for the Ripper Award

Arne Dahl has been shortlisted for the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award). The Ripper Award honours a crime fiction author who has rendered outstanding services to crime literature within Europe. Previous winners include Henning Mankell, Fred Vargas, and Jussi Adler Olsen.

To see the list of nominees and to vote, click on “Read more”

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Jo Nesbø, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, Arne Dahl and Kristina Ohlsson on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official Norwegian bestseller lists for the last week of March have been announced, and Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth hasn’t budged from the No. 1 spot on the hardcover and e-book list. Just behind on the hardcover list is Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ long-running bestseller, Operation Shipwreck, at No. 3. Arne Dahl’s Watching You meanwhile comes in at No. 5 on the e-book list. Kristina Ohlsson continues to feature high up on the paperback bestseller list with her Unwanted, No. 3 this week.

‘Watching You’ one of Aftenposten’s best crime novels of 2017

Arne Dahl’s thrilling Watching You has been chosen by Aftenposten, Norway’s largest daily newspaper, as one of this year’s top three best crime novels.

‘Watching You’ shortlisted for the ThrillZone Awards

Arne Dahl’s suspenseful Watching You has been shortlisted for the Dutch ThrillZone Awards 2017 in the ‘Best Translated Thriller’ category. The winner will be announced on December 20th. To see the list of nominees and to vote, click on “Read more” below.

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Arne Dahl No. 4 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands climbs the German Der Spiegel bestseller list again, coming in at No. 4 in the paperback category. This is Hinterlands’ eighth week on the list.

Arne Dahl No. 5 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands, the sequel to the international bestseller Watching You, is No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperback fiction. Hinterlands has now featured on the German bestseller list for seven weeks.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl on Danish bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, the seventh installment in the Harry Hole series, is No. 1 on the paperback bestseller list at Bog & idé. Arne Dahl’s Watching You claims the No. 4 spot on the same list. At Arnold Busck Hinterlands, the second installment in Arne Dahl’s series about Berger and Blom, is No. 4 on the crime fiction list while Watching You climbs to No. 2 on the paperback list. Bog & idé and Arnold Busck are the two biggest book retailers in Denmark.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 3 in Germany

Celebrating one month on the German Der Spiegel bestseller list for hardcover fiction, Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst this week comes in at No. 3. Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands likewise comes in at No. 3, in the paperback category.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 2 in Germany

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst remains at No. 2 for the third week in a row on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands also keeps its No. 2 spot on the paperback list. This is Hinterlands’ fifth week on the list.

‘Watching You’ and ‘Hinterlands’ on Danish bestseller lists

Arne Dahl’s Watching You and Hinterlands, the first and second installments in the Berger & Blom series, have claimed spots on Danish bestseller lists. At Arnold Busck, Denmark’s biggest book store chain, Hinterlands comes in at No. 5 on the crime fiction list while Watching You is found at No. 7 on the paperback list. At Bog & idé, Denmark’s biggest book retailer, Watching You is No. 1 on the paperback list and Hinterlands takes the No. 6 spot on the fiction list. Hinterlands was published in Denmark just last week.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 2 in Germany

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 2 also this week on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands stays at No. 2 on the paperback list as well. This is The Thirst’s second week on the list, and Hinterlands’ fourth.

Jo Nesbø and Arne Dahl No. 2 on the German hardcover and paperback lists

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, the eleventh Harry Hole novel, has gone straight to No. 2 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for hardcover fiction after being published in Germany just last Friday.

Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands meanwhile claims the No. 2 spot on Der Spiegel’s paperback list. This marks Hinterlands’ third week on the list.

‘Hinterlands’ No. 1 in Germany

Hinterlands, the second installment in Arne Dahl’s series about Berger and Blom, is No. 1 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list.

‘Hinterlands’ No. 2 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Hinterlands, the thrilling sequel to Watching You, has gone straight to No. 2 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list after being published in Germany just last week.

Jens Lapidus, Lars Kepler and Arne Dahl on the Swedish bestseller lists for July

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is No. 2 on the official Swedish hardcover bestseller list for the month of July. The novel also comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audiobook list.

On the list of most sold paperbacks, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes yet another appearance, coming in at No. 4. Arne Dahl’s Watching You occupies the No. 4 position on the audiobook list.

Arne Dahl shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Short Novel Prize 2017

Arne Dahl has been shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Short Novel Prize 2017 with About a Tree. The winner will be announced on May 10th. Click on “Read more” to listen to the nominated short novels and cast your vote.

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‘Hinterlands’ published in Sweden

When former detective Sam Berger opens his eyes he has no idea where he is. Everything is white, a world without shape. But then Molly Blom is at his side, and Sam realizes that the two of them are on the run from justice, one that has stopped living up to its name.

In the breath-taking sequel to the international bestseller Watching You, Sam and Molly are given an assignment with ties to a disturbing case from the past. The murderer is long since sentenced and imprisoned, but is he really guilty of the crime? Hinterlands is a spine-chilling journey towards the ice-cold heart of darkness, and Arne Dahl at his best.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Arne Dahl nominated for Der Leserpreis 2016

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Arne Dahl have been nominated for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis 2016. They are nominated in the category ‘Crime & Thriller’ for The Legacy and Watching You respectively.

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Jan Guillou, Arne Dahl and Fredrik Backman top the Danish bestseller list

Jan Guillou’s Real American Jeans, the sixth installment in The Great Century series, is the No. 1 best selling book in Denmark in the Literary Fiction category. Guillou is joined by Arne Dahl, who comes in at No. 3 on the Crime Fiction list with his latest novel Watching You.

Fredrik Backman’s non-fiction work Things My Son Needs to Know About the World also joins ranks, claiming the No. 5 position on the Literary Fiction list.

‘Watching You’ No. 1 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Watching You continues to feature at the top of Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. The novel, the first installment in a new crime fiction series by Dahl, comes in at No. 1 this week.

‘Watching You’ No. 1 in Germany

Arne Dahl’s Watching You has shot to No. 1 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. Watching You is the first novel in a new series featuring Detective Inspector Sam Berger and Security Service infiltrator Molly Blom.

‘Badlands’ published in Sweden

Ellen Savinger, 15, has been missing for three weeks. Detective Inspector Sam Berger fears that she has been taken by a serial killer, but few of his colleagues at the Stockholm police are inclined to listen: if there’s no body, there’s no crime.

Sam then comes into contact with Nathalie, a woman who knows more than she lets on about the series of disappearances Sam is sure points to a repeat kidnapper and killer. As he digs deeper into Ellen’s missing person’s case, a story with sinister connections to Sam’s own life and past is unveiled. Soon the hunter becomes the hunted, and in the badlands the truth of a secret many want to keep hidden is awaiting discovery.

The internationally bestselling and award-winning author Arne Dahl’s new crime fiction novel Badlands is the first installment in a new series of thrillers featuring detectives Sam Berger and Molly Blom.