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 LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – STHLM Delete Stockholm Delete 2015
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Bibliography

The Dillsta Gang

Stockholm Noir

Stand-alone

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Trailer for ‘Top Dog’

Top Dog the TV series is based on bestselling Swedish author Jens Lapidus’s books The VIP Room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dog.

Top Dog is directed by Alexis Almström and Molly Hartleb. The script is written by lead screenwriter Veronica Zacco together with others.

The anticipated thriller series will premiere October 7 on C More.

‘Top Dog’ to premiere on C More/TV4

It is now official that the new thriller series Top Dog will premiere October 7 on C More, and October 18 on TV4. Top Dog the TV series is based on bestselling Swedish author Jens Lapidus’s books The VIP Room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dog.

Top Dog is directed by Molly Hartleb and Alexis Almström. The script is written by lead screenwriter Veronica Zacco together with others.

Photo: Johan Bergmark/Netflix

Netflix original series ‘Easy Money’ now filming

The shooting of Easy Money, the Swedish Netflix original series, is underway in Stockholm. The show is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus. The series will take place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money – Life Deluxe (2013), and will follow Leya, a young single mom trying to make it within the startup scene and becomes entangled in the criminal world.

Jesper Ganslandt is directing, with Nicklas Wikström Nicastro producing for SF Studios. The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, who’s also serving as the executive producer. Among the show's episode writers we find Mona Masri.

Evin Ahmad, known from the feature film Dröm Vidare (2017) and the two Netflix series Quicksand (2019) and The Rain season 2 (2019), is playing the lead. The cast also includes Alexander Abdallah, Ali Alarik, Olle Sarri and Dada Fungula Bozela as well as Jozef Wojciechowicz (Z.E).

Easy Money will premiere on Netflix in 2021.

The April bestseller lists in Sweden

Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow features at the top of the monthly bestseller lists for April, coming in at No. 1 in audio and e-book, and No. 2 in hardcover. Anders de la Motte appears right beside her, his Rites of Spring appearing at No. 2 in audio and e-book and at No. 3 in hardcover.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 meanwhile claims the No. 5 spot in hardcover, and Arne Dahl’s Freedom is No. 3 in audio and No. 4 in e-book. Katrine Engberg’s long-running bestseller The Tenant is No. 8 in paperback.

Jens Lapidus makes his debut on the monthly bestseller list for children’s books, coming in at No. 5 with The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The Swedish bestseller lists for week 15 see Stina Jackson claim the No. 1 spot in hardback fiction with her recently published novel The Last Snow. The book also comes in at No. 2 in e-book and in the audiobook category the novel nabs the No. 2 spot (physical edition) and the No. 4 spot (digital edition). Anders de la Motte meanwhile comes in at No. 1 in both e-book and audio (physical edition) with his latest installment in the Skåne Quartet, Rites of Spring. He also features at No. 2 on the hardback list and No. 5 in audio with the digital edition. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 nabs the No. 5 spot on the hardback list. Leif GW Persson’s Pig Party makes an appearance in the audio list at No. 6.

The paperback list sees Katrine Engberg grab the No. 4 position with her debut novel The Tenant. Finally, the children’s fiction bestseller list features Jens Lapidus’ first installment in his new series for young readers, The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist, at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Week 14’s official bestseller lists see Anders de la Motte claim three No. 1 placements with the just published Rites of Spring. The novel, the fourth installment in the Skåne Quartet, is No. 1 in hardcover, audio and e-book. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 also features on the hardcover list, coming in at No. 5. Katrine Engberg meanwhile grabs the No. 2 placement on the paperback list with The Tenant. On the children’s books list, Jens Lapidus’ The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist, the first book in his new series for young readers, is No. 7.

New titles: The Dillsta Gang

The Dillsta Gang – fast-paced and fun books for younger readers by Jens Lapidus, the master of thrills.

Book 1: The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist

Jonathan’s mother keeps nagging that he ought to get out of the house more, but what for? He doesn’t have any friends in the neighborhood and prefers to stay indoors, tinkering away with his inventions. That is, until Zasha moves into his building and then starts attending Jonathan’s class. That gets things moving and before you know it they have formed The Dillsta Gang: a gang of thieves, according to some, working for the greater good.

When food goes missing from the local corner shop, an innocent woman is accused and shady characters are spotted at the art museum they are visiting on a school trip, the crew can begin to put together pieces of the puzzle and with cunning and bravery pull off their first heist.

Book 2: The Dillsta Gang and the Jewel Heist

Jonathan has always enjoyed hanging out in his room and tinkering with his inventions. That is, until he gets to know Zasha and they form The Dillsta Gang – according to some, a gang of thieves working for the greater good. Soon they get a third member – Bollan, that can throw further and higher than anyone else!

When Zasha gets tricked out of money and the spoiled Rick brags overly much about all his cool gadgets, time has come for The Dillsta Gang to plan their next heist.

C More and TV4 commission ‘Top Dog’ TV series

Jens Lapidus’s Top Dog is set to become a television series on the Nordic streaming service C More and on Swedish TV4, featuring the internationally acclaimed leading actors Josefin Asplund (Sanctuary, Vikings) and Alexej Manvelov (Chernobyl, Before We Die). Directors are Molly Hartleb and Alexis Almström. Almström is also one of the script writers of the series.

Top Dog the TV series is based on bestselling Swedish author Jens Lapidus’s books The VIP room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dog. Lapidus has also written the novel Easy Money, which was turned into a film and achieved great international success following its premiere in 2010.

The new TV series will center on the clash between the ambitious business lawyer Emily Jansson and the ex-con Teddy Maksumic. A mysterious disappearance brings the odd couple together. Emily wants nothing more than to secure her future and career, while Teddy wishes to leave his old life of crime behind him. The pair are forced to reconsider their priorities and their view of each other when the past catches up with them, shattering their dreams and casting a shadow of doubt over all that they think they know.

Top Dog the series will premiere in 2020.

Photo: Johan EL Eriksson & Pierre Björk

‘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.

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