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Fabian Risk #1

Criminal Investigator Fabian Risk has left Stockholm with his wife, Sonja, and their two children to start fresh in his hometown of Helsingborg. He has planned a six-week vacation before he starts a new job at the Homicide Department. But after only a few hours in their new home, he is asked to investigate a brutal murder. The body of Jörgen Pålsson, one of Risk’s former classmates, has been found with both hands missing. Soon the bodies of more old classmates are found, and Risk finds himself in a race against time: Can they find the murderer before the entire class is killed?

The first book in the internationally bestselling and award-winning series about Fabian Risk, Stefan Ahnhem’s Victim Without a Face is a chilling novel about the ultimate revenge.

“My god this grabs. It has hands. Truly.”
-Caroline Kepnes, author of You

“Full of surprise, suspense, and the shadows of the past. I read it in one sitting.”
-Åke Edwardson, author of the Erik Winter series

“Grabs you from the very first page and refuses to let you go.”
-Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, authors of the Sebastian Bergman series


Shortlisted for Lubimyczytac’s Book of the Year Award (Best Crime, Mystery, Thriller Novel) Poland 2016
Shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (RTÉ RADIO 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award 2016) Ireland 2016
Crimetime Specsavers Award Sweden 2015
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  • “Recalls Mankell at his best in its whip-smart observations, flawed but endearing characters and gruesome appeal.”

    Sunday Times, UK

  • “It’s a better class of murder in Sweden. /…/ Epic in scale and ambition, this announces a new arrival in the Swedish crime galaxy.”

    Daily Mail, UK

  • “This Scandinavian page-turner is sure to keep you up late into the night.”

    Guelph Mercury, Canada

  • “All admirers of Swedish crime can be thrilled about this book as well as the coming stories in the company of Fabian Risk.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “An unusually good debut.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “A through and through brilliant and stringent crime novel that you plow through in large portions with a worryingly high heart rate.”

    Norrbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “Ahnhem encourages the reader’s compassion for the serial killer by depicting him as a victim instead of just a perpetrator. Moreover the murderer is so intelligent that you find yourself hoping that he’ll succeed in his bloody scheme.”

    Knack, Netherlands

  • “Violent and compelling.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “Ahnhem writes with momentum, confidence and a good eye for psychology. The dialogue and environmental depictions are well executed and convincing. The character portrayals are both sharper and more nuanced than what the genre usually allows for. The intrigue is smart and excellently constructed. Everything flows effectively during six hundred at times sadistically brutal pages.”

    Östgöta Correspondenten, Sweden

  • “A truly brutal crime fiction debut!”

    Helsingborgs Dagblad, Sweden

  • Victim Without a Face is a portrait of what bullying and exclusion in childhood can do to people. Stefan Ahnhem […] debuts with a psychological thriller mixed with American serial killer action and flavored with Southern Swedish crime fiction tradition.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “A thriller that screams for a sequel with the same protagonist.”

    Dagblad De Limburger, Netherlands

  • “[A] dizzying rollercoaster ride. /…/ Unbelievable that this is a debut. Victim Without a Face promises great things for the future.”

    Boek, Netherlands

Photo: Gabriel Liljevall Stefan Ahnhem
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Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

Rights sold

Canada, Anansi

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Estonia, Helios

Finland, WSOY

France, Albin Michel

Germany, Ullstein

Greece, Dioptra

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Ugla

Italy, Sperling & Kupfer

Japan, HarperCollins

Korea, Korea Economic Daily & Business

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Netherlands, Ambo Anthos

Netherlands, House of Books

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Marginesy

Romania, Litera

Russia, AST

Slovakia, Ikar

Spain, Roca

Sweden, Forum

Türkiye, Koridor

UK, Head of Zeus

US, St. Martin’s Press

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