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Johan and Anna, a pair of lovers in their mid-thirties, check into a small-town hotel in western Sweden. Johan has just left his wife for Anna and is now looking forward to a night of celebrating. But Anna has something different in mind: she has decided to call it quits. Her family is more important than her longing for happiness.

The weekend doesn’t turn out as either of them expected. A deadly mistake forces the pair to make a fateful decision then and there, and soon they are traveling down a nightmarish road that will change their lives – forever.

In Capable People, Klas Ekman weaves a lean, tight and incredibly gripping psychological thriller about ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances, and how a fatal decision can lead to the downfall of one’s morals.

The author distinguishes himself by skillfully pulling the story through the darkest corners of the human psyche, displaying an expert touch for dialogue and multi-layered characters that together form a Hitchcockian page-turner that will stay with you long after reading.

“The tone is insidious. You just want more.”
—Jens Lapidus

“Ekman’s relationship drama is an exquisite mixture of suspense, depth, and forward momentum. It’s impossible to put down.”
—Lina Bengtsdotter


  • “Feelbad at its best.”

    SVD Perfect Guide, Sweden

  • “Wild and mad – an insane relationship drama that kept me up until midnight. /…/ The diabolical suspense will give you butterflies. And then add a dark sense of humor and cute children. It’s as if it was tailor-made for Netflix.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “[A] twisted everyday thriller. The prosperous Stockholm middle class with their consulting businesses and yoga interest make great material for romantic feelgoods. With his debut novel, experienced biography writer Klas Ekman uses that same soil to create a cynical feelbad; a small misadventure in infidelity leads to someone’s death and from there it takes off. It would be surprising if the production companies aren’t already fighting for the film rights.”

    Filter, Sweden

  • “An effective and suspense-filled plot.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “The narrative is straight-forward, without any fuss, and the characters are credibly portrayed. The story feels so intimate it’s harrowing. /…/ Capable People is a thriller that will give you goosebumps.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “Klas Ekman has written a spine-tingling thriller of people painting themselves into a corner. /…/ An awe-inspiring debut. I’m sure that we will read more from Klas Ekman’s pen.”

    Nisse Scherman, Sweden

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Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Enthusiast

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Rahva Raamat

Finland, Into Kustannus

Greece, Psichogios

Hungary, 21. Század

Italy, Einaudi

Romania, Crime Scene Press

Russia, Ripol

Slovakia, Ikar

Sweden, Bookmark

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