Jens Lapidus

Jens Lapidus (b. 1974) is the author of three of the best selling Swedish novels this past decade: Easy Money, Never Fuck Up and Life Deluxe. His own professional experience as a criminal defense lawyer, at a firm representing some of the most notorious criminals in the country, has given him unusual insights into a world that most people would rather not acknowledge. Critics have tagged him “a Swedish James Ellroy”, a truth-telling author who writes about life on the streets and depicts the underbelly of Swedish society. The Stockholm Noir trilogy has already become a phenomenon in Sweden and abroad.

“Jens Lapidus is a very talented crime author. He is also a young author. He is only going to get better – and he has every potential of becoming the best”
–Leif GW Persson

“Anything Jens Lapidus writes is a must-read for me. His writing crackles with a profound understanding of not simply why bad people do bad things, but how.”
–Ryan Gattis


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‘Easy Money’ becomes a Netflix original series

Today Netflix announced Easy Money, a brand new six-part original series from acclaimed screenwriter Oscar Söderlund and bestselling author Jens Lapidus.

The new Netflix original series is set in the buzzing start-up scene of Stockholm and takes place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money - Life Deluxe (2013). The hunger for status and money is stronger than ever and the criminal world has become even more brutal, chaotic and ruthless. When the criminal and business worlds collide, loyalty, friendships and partners will all be tested in the never-ending quest for easy money.

Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Northern Europe: “We are so excited to announce this new Swedish series and to bring the world from this much loved movie back to life in a fresh and exciting way. To do this, we are fortunate to work with some amazing Swedish creatives. We have full confidence in Oscar and Jens and their vision for this new chapter of Easy Money and we have an incredibly strong partner in SF Studios.”

The much-awaited TV series is produced by SF Studios and will be shot in Sweden during 2020.

‘Top Dog’ No. 2 on Metro’s list for the best paperbacks this summer

Jens Lapidus’ thrilling novel Top Dog, the third book featuring the odd yet dynamic duo Teddy and Emelie, has been chosen by the Swedish newspaper Metro as one of this summer’s best books to bring to the beach. Top Dog is No. 2 on a list of 12 chosen titles. To see the full list, click here.

‘Top Dog’ to become TV series

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is being adapted into a TV series by Filmlance and producer Teresa Alldén Willey. Veronica Zacco (The Bridge, Farang, Thicker Than Water) will be the head writer for the eight-episode show, and production is set to start in fall 2018.

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2017’s most listened to audio books in Sweden

The audio book streaming services Storytel, Nextory and BookBeat have announced their most listened to books of 2017 in Sweden.

On the children’s and YA lists of Storytel and Nextory, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep comes in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Forssén Ehrlin’s second Sleep Series title, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, appears at No. 5 on the Nextory list.

On BookBeat’s fiction list, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter comes in at No. 2, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog at No. 3, and Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst at No. 4. The list for fiction, crime titles excluded, is topped by Fredrik Backman’s Beartown at No. 1.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2017

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog and Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the ‘Suspense’ category.

Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer are both shortlisted in the ‘Literary Fiction’ category, and Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep is shortlisted in the ‘Children’s Books’ category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2018 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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The Swedish bestseller lists for August

The official Swedish bestseller list for August is in, and Lars Kepler comes in at No. 2 on the paperback list with The Rabbit Hunter. Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer is right behind at No. 3, and Fredrik Backman occupies the No. 4 spot with Beartown.

Fredrik Backman also features at No. 4 on the hardcover list with his latest novel, Us Against You. On the audio book and e-book list Jens Lapidus comes in at No. 2 and No. 3 with Top Dog. Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist is No. 4 on the audio list.

Jens Lapidus, Lars Kepler and Arne Dahl on the Swedish bestseller lists for July

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is No. 2 on the official Swedish hardcover bestseller list for the month of July. The novel also comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audiobook list.

On the list of most sold paperbacks, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes yet another appearance, coming in at No. 4. Arne Dahl’s Watching You occupies the No. 4 position on the audiobook list.

‘Top Dog’ No. 1 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog has shot to No. 1 on the weekly official bestseller lists for hardcover fiction, eBooks and audiobooks in Sweden. Top Dog is the third novel featuring Teddy and Emelie.

‘Top Dog’ published in Sweden

For decades, a secret network in Stockholm has been exploiting young girls, ruthlessly eliminating anyone who threatens to reveal their secret. In the third book about the odd duo Teddy and Emelie – the thug and the lawyer – the noose tightens. The police force has established a special team to find out just who’s involved in the network, but can’t seem to get close enough. And who is it that’s trying to silence Teddy and Emelie, using any means necessary?

Top Dog is the powerful resolution of the drama that began in the hit novels The VIP Room and Stockholm Delete.

Speaking of Stories – Jens Lapidus and Ryan Gattis

Today marks the premier of the podcast ‘Speaking of Stories’, where Jens Lapidus and Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved, are the first guest speakers. ‘Speaking of Stories’ is a podcast wherein two writers meet to talk about not only about their writing, but current events, society, and culture in general. Starting with what the authors have in common, the discussion evolves from there, touching on numerous subjects and stories. Each episode will feature two writers, one from Sweden, the other in the country for a brief visit only – a visit that nonetheless results in a lasting memory in the form of a podcast.

Listen to the first episode here.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2015

Kristina Ohlsson’s Mio’s Blues, Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Those Who Failed, Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Leif GW Persson’s The Bomb Maker and his Woman have been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Crime & Thriller category. The Blue Star by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children and The Silver Boy are shortlisted in the Children’s & Young Adult category. The prize is awarded to the book and its narrator both, and the winners will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.

‘Stockholm Delete’ No. 2 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete has risen to No. 2 on the Swedish bestseller list. In the novel Lapidus returns to the gritty streets of Stockholm to do what he does best: deliver an explosive tale of a capricious world capable of obliterating some, and granting others opportunities beyond their wildest dreams.

‘Stockholm Delete’ published in Sweden

Emelie Jansson: a newly minted lawyer at a polished law firm. Teddy: an ex-con trying to stay on the right side of the law as he goes about his job as the firm’s fixer and special investigator. In Stockholm Delete the two are entangled in a snarly web with deep connections to Stockholm’s many worlds, where history is never a thing of the past, and always ready to threaten those who lived it.

When an alarm is triggered, a security guard is called to a house out on Värmdö. What awaits him isn’t a regular break-in, but an unidentifiable body: someone has been slaughtered in the house. A severely wounded young man is discovered near the crime scene. He is arrested on suspicion of having committed the murder. Emelie secretly takes on the task of acting as his defence lawyer, despite her employer’s disapproval. Who is the murder victim? And why do all the trails lead to Mats Emanuelsson, the man Teddy once kidnapped? As Emilie begins to investigate the case, Teddy is forced to confront his past, and all the while his wayward nephew Nikola is about to make the very same mistakes he once did. Soon the three have been caught up in a high stakes game promising dire consequences for them all.

Jens Lapidus and Anders de la Motte shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award

Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Anders de la Motte’s UltiMatum have both been shortlisted for the 2015 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced November 22nd.

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