Mr Ett

Mr Ett Mr One

Top Dog #4

Top dog Isak is tired of being Mr One. He is about to sell his stake and go straight. In the shadows, the next kingpin – Kerim – is waiting to take over. But when Isak’s son mysteriously disappears, the deal is off, and Isak must return to the streets.

Teddy and Emelie are also tired, but of each other. He always fails to be an honest worker, and she doesn’t want their son to grow up with a father who cannot stay on the right side of the law. Gradually, they are dragged in to the power struggle that arises after Isak’s abdication.

Who will take over as Mr One? And who will help him, and who is going to try to stop him? Jens Lapidus’ new novel, the long-awaited fourth part of the Top Dog series, is dark, ruthless and superb.


  • “Everyone takes the aim at everyone in Jens Lapidus’ dark novel “Mr One”. It portrays a nation stuck in an eternal spiral of violence. /…/ This is probably the best I’ve ever read by Jens Lapidus. Stylistically, […] it is clearly Lapidus: impatient, filled to the brim with slang and quick afterthoughts, but now immersed in a beautiful flow of language, well-written and elaborate.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • Jens Lapidus’ forth installment in the Top-Dog series, Mr One, is clearly on par with the earlier books. It is dark, sharp, and ruthless towards its characters. Essential reading for those who have followed the series from the beginning.

    Sundsvalls Tidning, Sweden

  • Mr One is just as hardboiled as the previous three installments in the Top Dog series but this one has a depth in the character portrayals which makes it one of the best novels from Lapidus in a long time.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “The characters are credible, and Jens Lapidus writes skillfully about how seemingly trivial events lead to shootings.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

  • Mr One is an accomplishment, and a successful one /…/ [it] holds you in a suspenseful grip all the way to the end.”

    Borås Tidning, Sweden

  • “Jens Lapidus writes with grand resourcefulness, at a furious pace /…/ The novel is a given Christmas gift to all fans of Lapidus’.”

    Mariestads-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “Once again, Jens Lapidus shows that he is one of our time’s best crime authors.”


    Politiken, Denmark

  • “Jens Lapidus convincingly portrays life in the Swedish jet-set environment, where everything has a price but people rarely understand the value of things.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Stockholm-Noir at its best. The social indignation is still in focus, but the degeneration in the gang environment makes this narrative even darker and more hopeless than the previous books. A genuine and credible cast of characters, where no one is distinctly good or evil, and a complex and intelligent plot make this a truly great reading experience for everyone who appreciates realistic suspense.”

    Dansk Bibliotekscenter, Denmark

  • “Jens Lapidus never disappoints. […] you have to look hard for a more perfect gangster crime.”

    Randaberg 24, Norway

  • “It is shocking, raw, enlightening, and also almost uncomfortably thrilling.”

    Stavagner Aftenblad, Norway

Photo: Pierre Björk Jens Lapidus
  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Like

Germany, Btb

Netherlands, Bruna

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

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