Mittvatten You Are Next

Berger & Blom #3

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 You Are Next, a crime novel of international class, in the same spirit as his previous highly acclaimed novels Watching You and Hunted.


  • “Arne Dahl has once again written a both smart and thrilling story where the protagonist is an anti-hero with a taste for dangerous women. Sam goes his own way, propelling the plot forward. Breathlessly I continue to read in order to understand and to find out more. The language is on point and the intrigue is tightly woven and at times breathtaking.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “There’s no one in Nordic crime right now who’s better than Arne Dahl. He takes the great British tradition of treason thrillers, combines it with American police and women’s crime literature, and decorates it with more or less explicit literary references from history, as was done during the golden age of the genre; but he also adds a fully updated social-political reality as is the custom in Nordic noir. /…/ This conclusion was a refreshing one, but do not let it end here.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Suspense, intensity, strong characters and an unexpected plot. /…/ Arne Dahl is a master of how to confuse the reader, and his intricate and well-planned plot constantly gives the story a new twist. The author really knows his stuff and his short, precise sentences and word choices fit perfectly with the story.”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • “An utter bullseye.”


    Krimifan, Denmark

  • “It’s not for nothing Arne Dahl is known as the master of plots. /…/ The suspense is borderline unbearable. /…/ The Berger & Blom trilogy is a smart and stylish composition. /…/ Arne Dahl is an author who always writes well and delicately, and he’s one of Sweden’s most read-worthy and rebellious crime writers.”

    Norra Skåne, Sweden

  • You Are Next is phenomenal. /…/ Jump and dive deep into the midst of darkness and swim along on a demanding, dangerous, entertaining, unpredictable and superb experience – elegantly guided by one of the greatest masters of crime.”

    Vildmedkrimi, Denmark

  • You Are Next is an excellent suspense novel and can easily be read as a stand-alone. /…/ Arne Dahl has once again proved to be one of the world’s greatest writers of suspense, and you can tell, as always, that Jan Arnald is a master of language.”


    Bogpusheren, Denmark

  • “Dahl builds an intricate intrigue. /…/ Towards the end you start to long for the next nail-biting novel about Sam Berger.”

    Skaraborgs Allehanda, Sweden

  • “It needs to be said right off the bat, Arne Dahl is a skilled writer and it is suspenseful. /…/ The plot is twisted. /…/ [You Are Next] is a must-read. A lot of pieces fall into place in this last installment.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

  • “Demanding, but also rewarding. Arne Dahl is probably one of the most linguistically talented authors we have.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “Arne Dahl is a master of twisting his plot in new directions…”

    Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

  • “With You Are Next, Arne Dahl has once again succeeded in writing an extremely cleverly composed political thriller full of surprising twists and a fast-paced plot. This is a Swedish crime feast at its best.”

    Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany

  • “This third installment of the Berger & Blom series is just as fascinating for crime fans as the first two. Arne Dahl tells the story so suspensefully that you simply don’t want to put the book down.”

    Ruhr Nachrichten, Germany

  • “Arne Dahl hands the readers puzzles that are psychologically sophisticated, full of endless twists and incredibly suspenseful.”

    Neue Westfälische, Germany

  • “A solid and great round of Swedish conspiracy crime fiction at a high level and without a dull moment.”


    Politiken, Denmark

  • “[A] solid piece of pitch-black conspiracy crime fiction. /…/ Arne Dahl really knows how to compose suspense, and [You Are Next] has several excellent and atmospheric depictions.”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Top-class crime. /…/ You Are Next is my first meeting with Arne Dahl and his protagonists. It will definitely not be my last. /…/ [An] extraordinarily well-planned and very detailed plot that immerses us in a realistic story. /…/ There is a momentum to the narrative and prose which makes the novel difficult to put down. When the gallery of characters has the same quality, it’s easy to relate to them – they’re all very credible. /…/ [Dahl] has made sure that I have a new favorite author in the crime genre.”


    Nettavisen, Norway

  • “Arne Dahl writes ambitious and refined crime. /…/ Conspiracy crime with emotional density. /…/ Few Nordic crime authors are better at conveying both a joyful and disturbing sense of existential weightlessness as Arne Dahl./…/ [You Are Next] sets the bar for ambitious and elegant crime, something for Norwegian crime to strive for.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

Photo: Sara Arnald Arne Dahl
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Reading material

Swedish edition

German edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Mladá Fronta

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, Into Kustannus

Germany, Piper

Greece, Metaixmio

Hungary, Animus

Italy, Marsilio

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Czarna Owca

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Russia, AST

Serbia, Dokaz

Slovakia, Grada

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Harvill Secker

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