Jens Lapidus

Jens Lapidus (b. 1974) is one of Sweden’s premier authors, who with his fast-paced and thrilling novels bring attention to the dark underworld of Stockholm. Tagged “a Swedish James Ellroy” by critics, Lapidus’ works draw on his 15 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer representing some of Sweden’s most notorious criminals, something which has given him a unique insight and knowledge paired perfectly with a gritty and true-to-reality prose that leaps from the page. He is the creator of the immensely popular STHLM NOIR and TOP DOG series, alongside three stand-alones. Lapidus’ debut, Easy Money (STHLM NOIR #1), became one of Sweden’s most talked about novels of the 21st century, and has together with its sequels been adapted into both films and an incredibly successful TV-series which had two seasons on Netflix. The TOP DOG series will see its fifth installment in the fall of 2023 with the publication of Dead Man Walking.

Jens Lapidus is also part of a children’s-book duo together with Hedda Lapidus, where they create thrilling literature for young readers.

“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 ThrillZone Awards (Best Translated Thriller) Netherlands – Paradis City The No-Go Zone 2022
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

Jens Lapidus & Hedda Lapidus

The Dillsta Gang

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‘Dead Man Walking’ published in Sweden

A wounded family meet at the graveyard to remember the mother who passed away over twenty-five years ago. It’s Teddy, his father and his sister, along with Emelie, who has begun researching what really happened when Teddy’s mother died. The traces lead to a past no one knew existed, and soon, Emelie is drawn into a double game more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Teddy, on the other hand, is not at all interested. He is preoccupied with maintaining his position as the new Mr. One, a path which forces him deep down into Stockholm’s underworld and its brutal conflicts. Then Max escapes from the youth detention center, and Teddy must decide what to do with the boy who murdered his beloved nephew. To seek revenge or not, that is the question.

Dead Man Walking is Jens Lapidus’ highly anticipated and breathtakingly thrilling story about the power of the past over the present, and the price we must all pay for our actions.

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Jens Lapidus’ best-selling novel Paradis City to become major Viaplay drama

The Viaplay group is set to adapt Jens Lapidus’ bestseller Paradis City into a major TV-series headlined by some of the Nordic region’s most exciting screen talents. Set in Sweden in a not-too-distant future, the TV-series will star Alexander Abdallah (Snabba Cash) and Julia Ragnarsson, and is directed by Fenar Ahmad.

The six-part TV-series will commence filming this summer, in Stockholm and Vilnius.

‘Top Dog Season 2’ to premiere on C More and TV4

May 8 will see the premiere of the second season of Top Dog, which is freely based on Swedish author Jens Lapidus’s bestselling books The VIP Room, Stockholm Delete and Top Dog.

Hans Jörnlind, Charlotte Lesche and Axel Stjärne are the writers of season 2, with Alexis Almström and Ahmed Abdullahi directing.

Top Dog Season 2 premieres on C More May 8 and on TV4 May 17.

Jens Lapidus shortlisted for ThrillZone Award

Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone has been shortlisted for the Dutch ThrillZone Awards 2022 for ‘Best Translated Thriller’.

The winners will be announced the 24th of December.

The ThrillZone Awards is awarded by ThrillZone, a fan-run literary blog in the Netherlands. The nominees are selected by the ThrillZone editors and reviewers.

Kepler, Ohlsson and Lapidus on the Swedish bestseller list

The Swedish bestseller list this week have Lars Keplers’ The Spider claiming the No. 1 spot followed by Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights coming in at No. 3 and Jens Lapdius’ Mr One  sailing to the No. 5 spot on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction. 

‘Mr One’ published in Sweden

Top dog Isak is tired of being Mr One. He is about to sell his stake and go straight. In the shadows, the next kingpin – Kerim – is waiting to take over. But when Isak’s son mysteriously disappears, the deal is off, and Isak must return to the streets.

Teddy and Emelie are also tired, but of each other. He always fails to be an honest worker, and she doesn’t want their son to grow up with a father who cannot stay on the right side of the law. Gradually, they are dragged in to the power struggle that arises after Isak’s abdication.

Who will take over as Mr One? And who will help him, and who is going to try to stop him? Jens Lapidus’ new novel, Mr One, the long-awaited fourth part of the Top Dog series, is dark, ruthless and superb.

Fantastic reviews for ‘Snabba Cash Season 2’

The much-awaited second season of Snabba Cash premiered September 22 on Netflix to outstanding reviews. 

Sweden simply has the best gangster series of all time. /…/ Snabba Cash is again worth the money – and only increases in value. The Swedes have taken the lead, and now it’s up to everyone else to reach their level.
Soundvenue ★★★★★

It feels. It hurts. Netflix’s Snabba Cash is a series that stays with you. /…/ So watch these six new episodes and experience Adam Kai’s breakthrough, and how Oskar Söderlund and Jesper Ganslandt, the series’ architects, chisel out a story that continues to take characters down the cliff that was the first season and is now extremely close to the abyss.
Expressen ★★★★

Snabba Cash should be your next Netflix obsession. /…/ It’s the kind of show that grabs hold tight and doesn’t let go.”
IndieWire

Not a single word too many in the dialogue which really hits the mark. /…/ But above all, a note of desperation has crept its way in this time, which is impossible to look away from and truly channels reality. A Swedish tragedy in effective thriller packaging.
DN ★★★★

“Söderlund and Ganslandt’s work is outstanding. /…/ You will not be able to stay unaffected by this superb series!”
Filmparadiset ★★★★

“I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. Söderlund continues to introduce fascinating, albeit tragic, individual destinies and Ganslandt’s direction still hits the mark.”
Filmtopp.se ★★★★

Script, direction, acting and environments are top notch. /…/ An incredibly tight thriller. /…/ Oskar Söderlund’s script is like a close-up handheld camera, the dialogue is incredible, the plot is like a severe covid infection: feverish, making the airways shrink and the heart pound fast.
TVdags ★★★★

 

‘Snabba Cash Season 2’ to premiere on Netflix

September 22 will see the worldwide premiere of the highly anticipated second season of the action drama Snabba Cash on Netflix. The first season was praised by viewers and critics alike, and fantastic reviews for the second season are now coming in.

Snabba Cash Season 2 is created by Oskar Söderlund and Jesper Ganslandt. Aron Levander and Mona Masri join in as episode writers. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series.

‘Snabba Cash Season 2’ to premiere at Way Out West

Snabba Cash, Netflix’ successful and critically acclaimed Swedish original series, will have its second season exclusive world premiere at the Swedish festival Way Out West August 11-13 followed by a global release on Netflix in the fall of 2022.

Snabba Cash Season 2 is written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, who also are the creators and show runners of the series. Lisa Farzaneh and Måns Månsson are also directors for the second season. Aron Levander and Mona Masri joins as episode writers. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series.

‘Snabba Cash’ nominated for the Ria Awards

The incredibly successful Netflix series Snabba Cash has received 4 nominations for Sweden’s Ria Awards 2022, including ‘Best Scripted Series’.

Snabba Cash is 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.

The Ria Awards draws attention to and rewards the best creators, authors and employees in the Swedish television production industry. The awards ceremony will take place on May 17 at Lilla Cirkus in Stockholm.

The Storytel Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for the Swedish 2021 Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s As You Sow, Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For, Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, and Anders Roslund’s Trust Me.

The nominees within the fiction category includes Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year, and Simona Ahrnstedt’s The Queen of the Night is featured on the Feelgood list.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues and Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii features on the Non-fiction list, and David Sundin’s audiobook The Audiobook That Did Not Want To End – Part 2, from the same universe as The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, is in the running for the Children’s books’ award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 9, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.

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