Efterskalv Afterquake

Intercrime #9

At 00.59 on August 5th, the nocturnal tranquility of Stockholm is suddenly broken when a subway car explodes. As the tabloid press blurts out its hasty and xenophobic conclusions about international terrorism, the most resourceful investigative team ever known in Swedish police history is assembled. The expression “nothing is what it seems to be” seems inadequate in this fast-paced hunt for truth, where new surprises wait around each corner – constantly turning established notions upside-down. The ninth novel in the intercrime series, Afterquake is action-packed, thrilling, and clever.

Afterquake, the ninth installment in the Intercrime series, is a nail-biting trip at breakneck speed into a precarious realm of terror threats and culture clashes.


Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden 2006
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  • “In Dahl’s case, this step definitely carries him up into the international elite of the crime novel. Afterquake is without a doubt his best novel to date, a chef d’oeuvre sporting complexity of plot and vivacious diction all the way to the spectacular final scene in the labyrinthine Holocaust monument in Berlin.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “Dahl continues to impress /…/ The series’ most infernally suspenseful book.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “There is something about Arne Dahl’s cheerfulness that is so contagious that you give in, whole-heartedly. /…/ A genius crime writer whose quirky sense of humor is such that I find myself laughing out loud time and time again.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “The portrayal of the ten-headed Intercrime team could make any hardened and asocial loner of an individualist sob and long for a workplace. The beautiful moral reads: no one is a hero on his own, together we can fight the evil.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “It is action driven and suspenseful the entire way. Dahl has time to explore the psychological depths of his characters; it is a novel of 400 pages that you finish in a jiffy.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “Jan Arnald/Arne Dahl has an unfailing sharp nose for red-hot topics of our time and a thought-provoking ability to connect these with the criminal world, often with directly or indirectly grounded social criticism making up the foundation of the mood establishing elements, ingeniously woven around tricky cases.”

    Nerikes Allehanda, Sweden

  • “Arne is back, obviously in splendid shape, in book number nine.”

    Helsingborgs Dagblad, Sweden

  • “Dahl has bit by bit increased the pace in his novels – keep in mind he started off with full charge ahead – and Afterquake is the most thrilling in the series so far.”

    Östersunds-Posten, Sweden

  • “Today Arne Dahl is a crime writer of international quality. And Afterquake is most likely the very sharpest I’ve read in the genre, in any case judging by Swedish standards.”

    Borås Tidning, Sweden

  • “It is so good it forces you into a reading frenzy.”

    Barometern, Sweden

  • “Also Afterquake is very well-written and thought through.”

    Sundsvalls Tidning, Sweden

  • “Arne Dahl writes swiftly and with good flow, alternates between the different individual perspectives with an unerring feel for drama. Lets everyone speak their mind, even the terrorist. This provides an unusual flow and tempo in the narrative.”

    Tidningen Ångermanland, Sweden

  • “Dahl can build up suspense. This he demonstrates in a virtuoso manner. And he is not dependent on spectacular ghastliness in order to do this.”

    Falu-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “As a reader, you feel that you are in the hands of an author who knows exactly what he is doing /…/ The most interesting thing about the book is that it does not rub you the right way.”

    Katrineholms-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “For fear of jumping to simplified conclusions, he makes use of so many points of view that it almost takes a second reading in order to absorb everything the author says. But Afterquake is well worth it. In its genre, it occupies a space in the top layer.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “It doesn’t get more sublime than this.”

    Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark

  • “Another terribly good crime novel from Arne Dahl.”

    Dagbladenes Bureau, Denmark

  • “Insanely suspenseful plot /…/ [Dahl’s] writing makes the angels sing.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “A plot and cast of characters that is outstanding, annoyingly well set up and cleverly executed /…/ Sensational and different.”

    Politiken, Denmark

Photo: Sara Arnald Arne Dahl
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German edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Otava

Germany, Piper

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Czarna Owca

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Film rights sold

Sweden, Filmlance International

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