Jens Lapidus

A former criminal defense lawyer, Jens Lapidus (b. 1974) made his author’s debut in 2006 with Easy Money, one of Sweden’s most talked about and bestselling novels of the 21st century. Easy Money and its sequels were all adapted into successful movies, the first of which was directed by Daniel Espinosa. Tagged “a Swedish James Ellroy” by critics, Lapidus’ works draw on his 15 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer at a firm representing some of Sweden’s most notorious criminals, something which has given him a unique insight into the criminal underworld – a knowledge he pairs with a gritty and true-to-reality prose that leaps from the page. Lapidus returned with a new series of stand-alones in 2014: The VIP Room, Stockholm Delete, and Top Dog. In 2020, Jens Lapidus debuted as a children’s book author with the fast-paced and fun novels in the The Dillsta Crew series.

“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

Awards

Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – STHLM Delete Stockholm Delete 2015
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Bibliography

Stand-alone

Top Dog

Stockholm Noir

The Dillsta Gang

Jens Lapidus & Hedda Lapidus

The Dillsta Gang

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‘The Dillsta Gang and the Zombie Heist’ published in Sweden

The world-famous star Mega Rocker has come to Dillsta for two sold-out concerts. Zasha is obsessed by the thought of getting a selfie together with Mega Rocker. But, something’s strange is going on – when the lights come on after the concert, all of the audience’s cellphones have disappeared! The Dillsta Gang sets out to find out the truth behind the phone thefts, and they plan to do so on the night between the two concerts.

It would probably have been a fairly easy mission, too, were it not for the fact that the nights are getting darker and shady creatures seem to lurk in the shadows around the cemetery. Not that Jonathan, Bollan or Zasha believe in ghosts or zombies… Especially not Zasha…

The Dillsta Gang and the Zombie Heist is the fourth installment in The Dillsta Gang series – fast-paced and fun books for younger readers by Jens and Hedda Lapidus.

‘Beartown’ and ‘Snabba Cash’ nominated for Kristallen awards

HBO’s Beartown, based on the novel of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Fredrik Backman and adapted for television by Anders Weidemann, is nominated for a Swedish Emmy – a Kristallen award – for ‘Best Drama’. Also in the running for the award is Netflix’s Snabba Cash, written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, both creators and show runners of the series. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series, also titled Snabba Cash.

The Kristallen Gala will take place on August 27th in Stockholm, Sweden.

Second season of ‘Snabba Cash’ greenlit

Netflix has announced a second season of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed Swedish original series Snabba Cash, inspired by Jens Lapidus’ novel of the same title. Season 2 will be written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, who are also the creators and show runners behind the series. Aron Levander and Mona Masri will join as episode writers. The series is produced by Nicklas Wikström Nicastro for SF Studios in collaboration with Strive Stories.

Evin Ahmad (Dröm Vidare, Quicksand), will once again play the leading role of Leya. Season 2 will continue the thrilling story of Leya’s life as she navigates the contrasting worlds of ruthless start-up environments and Stockholm’s underworld.

“With Snabba Cash Season 1, we wanted to tell a modern story through characters that, though they commit morally ambiguous acts, share the same feelings and dreams as many of us. We are overwhelmed that so many people have taken our series to their hearts. But the coolest thing of all is that a lot of people have felt they finally have been represented in a big drama series. That is truly the finest reward of all,” says Jesper Ganslandt, director, and Oskar Söderlund, head writer.

Outstanding reviews for ‘Snabba Cash’

Snabba Cash will have its global Netflix premiere on Wednesday April 7, and the anticipated series has already received great praise in the Scandinavian press. Snabba Cash is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, and directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

“Engaging, intense, irresistible. Netflix’s Snabba Cash will be a huge hit with viewers. /…/ Whatever you may think, you are not ready for Netflix’s Snabba Cash.”
Expressen ★★★★

Snabba Cash is not only well-written and well-acted, but also offers some of the most action-packed and intense episodes in Swedish television history.”
Filmtopp.se ★★★★

“The acting is truly excellent across the board. /…/ Snabba Cash is an intense and captivating serial interpretation of Jens Lapidus’ universe, which keeps you glued to the screen through all six episodes.”
Soundvenue ★★★★★

“The creators know how to twist the plot and create suspense. I’m eager to watch the next episode. And the one after that.”
Svenska Dagbladet ★★★★

“The new Snabba Cash is the TV series which succeeds in giving us as much authenticity as its predecessors, while delivering unfiltered action at a high level. /… / The intense suspense that the well-packaged episodes offer lasts all the way from the first frame to the last.”
Moviezine ★★★★

Snabba Cash is a modern and unsentimental depiction of the pursuit for more. /…/ You can practically touch the nerve and the all-encompassing feel of unease in this very successful reboot.”
Nöjesguiden ★★★★

“With genious camera work […] the series about Swedish gang environments elevates itself to a dark portrait of a society at the breaking point. /…/ Söderlund juggles freely and boldly with the three destinies and offers both parallels and contrasts between them.”
Filmmagasinet Ekko ★★★★★

“Oskar Söderlund and director Jesper Ganslandt are absolutely spot-on with the characters. /…/ [Snabba Cash] delivers one of this year’s strongest experiences. /…/ It is brutal, super tight, greedy and loaded with betrayal. Just like life itself.”
Onyanserat ★★★★

Interview with the creators of ‘Snabba Cash’

Hear the creators Oskar Söderlund, Jens Lapidus, Jesper Ganslandt and actor Evin Ahmad discuss the anticipated Netflix series Snabba Cash in this exclusive interview.

Snabba Cash premieres on Netflix April 7.

Jens Lapidus and Anne Holt No. 1 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone doesn’t budge from its place atop the e-book and audio bestseller lists in Sweden. Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death is likewise a steady presence at No. 1 on the paperback list.

‘The Dillsta Gang and the Pool Heist’ published in Sweden

The sun is beating down on Dillsta and people are flocking to the lake to cool down. But while others relax, Jonathan, Zasha and Bollan find themselves busier than ever when their classmate and sworn nemesis, the super-rich and bumptious Rick Flottén, arrives with news. They’re used to his never-ending bragging about expensive toys, but this time, it’s worse: Rick has gotten a pet, and it’s not exactly your average goldfish or guinea pig.

Then, just as the classmates have begun to plan a daring rescue mission for Rick’s pet, the P.E. teacher announces that the whole class will be going to swim in the outdoor pool. Everyone’s thrilled – everyone but Zasha…

The Dillsta Gang and the Pool Heist is the third installment in the Dillsta Gang series and marks the exciting start of the new author duo Jens Lapidus and Hedda Lapidus.

Jens Lapidus and Anne Holt No. 1 in Sweden

Jens Lapidus’ just published The No-Go Zone makes its debut on the official bestseller lists this week, coming in at No. 1 in e-book and audio. Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death stays put at No. 1 on the paperback list.

Teaser trailer release for ‘Snabba Cash’

The highly anticipated series Snabba Cash (Easy Money) is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus.

The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, and directed by Jesper Ganslandt.

The show will launch exclusively on Netflix April 7.

‘The No-Go Zone’ published in Sweden

Sweden in a near future. The polarization of society has reached new, unprecedented levels and to protect the privileged, walls have been built to restrict the movements of those living in the so-called “no-go zones.” It’s election year and in spite of the danger associated with entering these zones, the Home Secretary decides to hold a political rally in the largest one, Järva. Despite all imaginable security measures being put in place, it all goes wrong and the Home Secretary is abducted. The police are powerless to find her.

Desperate and without any options at hand, the police come up with an unorthodox plan: They’ll send in Emir, a prisoner in custody on whom they have an unusual hold. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Emir heads inside the walls of Järva to find the Home Secretary.

One of Sweden’s most read and loved authors, Jens Lapidus is back with The No-Go Zone – a merciless depiction of a nation falling to pieces.

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