Vargasommar When Crying Wolf

Haparanda #1

A dead wolf. A drug deal gone wrong. A female assassin of rarely seen skill. Hannah Wester, a middle-aged policewoman in the remote northern town of Haparanda, finds herself on the precipice of chaos.

When human remains are found in the stomach of a dead wolf, Hannah Wester knows that this summer won’t be like any other. The remains can soon be linked to a bloody drug deal across the border in Finland. But how did the victim end up in the woods outside of Haparanda? And where have the drugs and money gone?

Hannah and her colleagues leave no stone unturned. But time is scarce and they aren’t the only ones looking. When the secretive and deadly Katja shows up, unexpected and brutal events start to pile up. In just a few days, life in Haparanda is turned upside down. Not least for Hannah, who is finally forced to confront her own past.


Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden 2020
Shortlisted for the Adlibris Awards (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden 2020
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  • “Hans Rosenfeldt doesn’t skimp on cruelty, but he is a grand master of his trade who knows how to skillfully build high tension. Linguistically he is at the highest level.”

    Kleine Zeitung, Germany

  • When Crying Wolf is a wonderfully suspenseful story with beautiful milieu depictions and many references to the social conditions in the bleak far north.”

    Nederlands Dagblad, Netherlands

  • “Rosenfeldt needs few words to give his characters their own, striking appearance.”

    Knack, Netherlands

  • “Packed with suspense.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • When Crying Wolf is suspenseful, dense, spooky and really well written.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “A suspenseful and well-written crime story /…/ When Crying Wolf is the first book in a brand new crime series and it bodes well for the sequel.”


    Trønder-Avisa, Norway

  • “The man behind Saga Norén gives us a new and wonderfully ordinary heroine in the new crime series set in Haparanda.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf is rich in characters, dark events and violence. Drugs and criminal acts are at the center of the plot, but there’s still room for warmth and lots of empathy. /…/ Rosenfeldt breathes life into Haparanda in more ways than one. In regular sequences throughout the book, he lets the town tell its story, and it’s strikingly beautiful, almost poetic. /…/ Rosenfeldt depicts an impoverished and in many ways forgotten town and its surroundings, but with his words it comes back to life. Coupled with his unique skill for creating main characters that you become fond of and want to know more about, the reading is like peeling off layer after layer and constantly getting closer to the core. True to his habit, Rosenfeldt adds new leads and plants new clues that lets the reader know that something new is about to happen; rarely does anything happen by chance.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “[When Crying Wolf] starts off in true Rosenfeldt style, with a darn good intro. /…/ Naturally it’s suspenseful page-turningly suspenseful. The story has a drive that makes you curious about the resolution.”

    DAST Magazine, Sweden

Hans Rosenfeldt
  • Crime
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Swedish edition

English translation

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Brazil, Trama

Bulgaria, Emas

Catalonia, Planeta

Croatia, Mozaik

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, Politiken

Estonia, Rahva Raamat

Finland, Otava

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Germany, Rowohlt

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Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Forlagid

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Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Ikar

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US, Hanover Square Press

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