Motiv X

Motiv X Motive X

Fabian Risk #4

As Fabian Risk watches over his gun-shot-wounded and comatose daughter Matilda at the Helsingborg hospital, a Syrian refugee boy is brutally murdered, throwing the city’s police into a complex new investigation with racist overtones.

But nothing is as clear-cut as it would seem and when several more murders are committed, Lilja, Klippan and the others at the Helsingborg police find themselves in an ever more desperate hunt for more than one killer. In the end, Fabian is forced back into service early even though he’d rather be focusing on his family, and Police Chief Astrid Tuvesson has to cut short her twelve-step program for alcoholics to oversee the parallel investigations, despite having just started her treatment.

Meanwhile, Fabian is struggling with the information left behind by his departed colleague Hugo Elvin, and has begun his own secret investigation that might just come to change the close-knit investigation team forever.

Motive X is Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth book in the series about Fabian Risk of the Helsingborg police.


  • “The gifted Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X has a clear-eyed vision of our age and the story about the Helsingborg investigators Risk and Lilja is truly great.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “The opening murder is so offensive, that one will think twice when using the washing machine in the future. /…/ The plot’s sharp twists constantly surprises.”

    Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

  • “Fascinating right from the start. /…/ Absolutely worth reading!”

    Ruhr Nachrichte, Germany

  • “[A] high-octane criminal cocktail that stays exciting throughout. A pure joy to read.”

    Goslarsche Zeitung, Germany

  • “Fascinating from the first page to the last!”

    In Touch, Germany

  • “Stefan Ahnhem has written a fascinating psychological thriller – shocking moments guaranteed!”

    Madame Krimi Extra, Germany

  • “Stefan Ahnhem belongs to the elite of Scandinavian and international thriller writers.”

    Krimi-Couch, Germany

  • “As always, Ahnhem’s crime novels are thrilling and very entertaining.”

    Mokka, Germany

  • “A gripping, exciting thriller that makes us longing for the next book in the series.”

    Stadt Rundschau Ostfildern, Germany

  • “High quality entertainment including the right amount of social commentary.”

    Freie Presse, Germany

  • Motive X is definitely worth a read if you’re into Nordic crime. Ahnhem has a talent for keeping you at the edge of your seat, adding plot twists and surprises that tie together smoothly and make it impossible to stop reading. A piece of art for crime fiction lovers. Ahnhem perfectly masters the complex story, the overall atmosphere – at times incredibly dark – and paints flawless characters portraits.”

    Pravda, Slovakia

  • “Multiple threads are cleverly intertwined when Ahnhem delivers world-class suspense.”


    Amelia, Sweden

  • “Stefan Ahnhem knows the art of writing suspense.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

  • Motive X is a topnotch page-turner and a must for all crime lovers.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “Ahnhem’s [Motive X] is definitely worth to read. /…/ This is great crime that deserves its readers. Ahnhem has a wonderful ability to keep the suspense alive, at all times.”

    Borås Tidning, Sweden

  • “Definitely worth reading. /…/ This is excellent crime fiction that deserves its readers. Ahnhem has a wonderful ability to keep the suspense alive at all times.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “This is reading candy. /…/ Action-packed is just the first name. The author employs a handful of parallel plots, all of them equally interesting and suspenseful. Full speed ahead on all fronts. /…/ Stefan Ahnhem is an extremely skilled teller of suspenseful plots with many different twists and elements that make it difficult to stop reading. Which I didn’t, either – I read the novel in one sitting and was even compelled to keep turning its pages during my meals.”

    DAST Magazine, Sweden

  • “The Swedish success author Stefan Ahnhem has once again written a crime novel of finest quality. /…/ I’m very excited about the sequel to Motive X.”

    Krimifan, Denmark

  • “Suspensful crime. /…/ Definitely worth reading.”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • “A gripping thriller! A detective novel that is sure to please all fans of the genre, and an author worth following!”

    VivaCité, France

  • “What a joy to reunite with Fabian Risk and especially with his creator, Stefan Ahnhem, the new star of the Scandinavian literary galaxy.”

    ICI PARIS, France

Photo: Gabriel Liljevall Stefan Ahnhem
  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

Rights sold

Croatia, Znanje

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Estonia, Helios

Finland, WSOY

France, Albin Michel

Germany, Ullstein

Greece, Dioptra

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Ugla

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Netherlands, House of Books

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Marginesy

Romania, Litera

Russia, AST

Slovakia, Ikar

Sweden, Forum

UK, Head of Zeus

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