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Det fördolda Dark Secrets

Sebastian Bergman #1

Sixteen-year-old Roger has vanished. Days pass and the Västerås police do nothing, blaming his disappearance on teenage misbehaviour. Then Roger’s pale, mutilated body is found floating in a shallow marsh, his heart missing, and the experts descend.

They need Sebastian Bergman: widower, criminologist, top psychological profiler, and one of Sweden’s foremost experts on serial killers. Since losing his wife and child Sebastian has shut himself off from the outside world and has no interest in taking on the murder case – until he is blindsided by a secret from his past.

Desperate for access to confidential police files, he agrees to join the investigation, and it isn’t long before the brittle web of lies and deceptions grabs his full attention…

Dark Secrets is the first installment of the Sebastian Bergman series.


  • “A well-written story, with an extremely believable cast of characters.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “The strongest detective novel published this autumn.”

    Femina, Sweden

  • “An impressive debut.”

    Café, Sweden

  • “A sensationally good Swedish crime novel.”

    Hallands Nyheter, Sweden

  • “Rosenfeldt and Hjorth know exactly how to create tension.”

    Östgöta Correspondenten, Sweden

  • “Congratulations! The best Swedish debut since Larsson …?”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “A very well written and entertaining novel.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “The best Swedish crime fiction novel of the year.”

    Die Welt, Germany

  • “A highly impressive crime debut – psychologically astute, with unexpected twists and an unconventional protagonist.”

    3sat, Kulturzeit, Germany

  • “What a book! Sleepless nights guaranteed!”

    Leser-Welt, Germany

  • “Everything works out the way it should: the language, the plot and characters of whom we hope to see much more in the second book in this series.”

    de Volkskrant, Netherlands

  • “An astonishingly good and ingenious thriller.”

    Telegraaf, Netherlands

  • “This inventively plotted crime novel makes us hungry for more. Especially hungry for more Sebastian Bergman.”


    Vriij Nederland, Netherlands

  • “Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt have mastered the feat of creating a new kind of anti-hero within the context of what is really a traditional detective story. […] There’s no doubt that this a crime novel worth reading.”

    Litteraturavisen, Norway

  • “All one can do is long for the next book in the Bergman series. Because this was a top-notch entertaining read!”

    Bokavisen, Norway

  • Dark Secrets is superbly written and this author duo maintain suspense until the very end and, additionally, they manage to create a credible character in Bergman. Throw in a shrewd ending on top of that. I cannot wait for the sequel, due out next year.”

    Moss Avis, Norway

  • “The undisputable quality of the novel and the intriguing plot, together with an original rhythm different from the otherwise quite generic world of Scandinavian crime, make this novel into something extraordinary. /…/ You won’t read many crime novels with the same apprehension and feeling of suspense as you do when you read this. Simply perfect.”

    La Razón, Spain

  • “A novel with Stieg Larsson’s power, a main character as unusual as Dr. House, unexpected elements of suspense like in Dan Brown’s novels, and a plot like that of Twin Peaks. /…/ The strength of this series lies in the characters’ psychological depth, especially that of Sebastian Bergman.”

    Ara, Catalonia

  • “The novel has all the tricks for keeping the readers hooked for page after page.”

    Hoy Extremadura, Spain

Photo: Appendix Fotografi Hjorth & Rosenfeldt
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Reading material

Swedish edition

German edition

English edition

Rights sold

Albania, Dudaj

Arab World, Al Arabi

Australia, Murdoch

Bulgaria, ERA

Catalonia, Columna

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, Hr Ferdinand

Estonia, Helios

Finland, Bazar

France, Prisma

Germany, Rowohlt

Hungary, Animus

Israel, Kinneret

Italy, Einaudi

Japan, Tokyo Sogensha

Netherlands, Cargo

North Macedonia, Matica

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Czarna Owca

Portugal, Suma de Letras

Russia, Corpus

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Ikar

Spain, Planeta

Sweden, Norstedts

Taiwan, Global Group (Complex Chinese)

UK, Little, Brown

Vietnam, Tre Publishing

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