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Johan Theorin

Johan Theorin (b. 1963) began his literary career as a journalist and short-story writer. Theorin’s acclaimed Öland series, a series of four suspense novels set on the Baltic island of Öland, won him not only the admiration of international readers and critics but a multitude of prestigious awards, including the CWA International Dagger and the Glass Key. Considered one of the most talented authors of crime and mystery fiction in Scandinavia, Johan Theorin is a master of atmosphere and darkness. The Battle for Salajak, the first installment in an epic historical fantasy series called The Jarmaland Chronicles, marks his debut in the genre of children’s fiction.

“Theorin, a journalist and author, improvises on the traditional recipe for Nordic thrillers by adding generous sprinklings of folklore and the supernatural.”
-New York Times

“If you like Stieg Larsson, try a much better Swedish writer”
-The Observer


Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Benvittring Weathered Bones 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Children’s) Sweden – Slaget om Salajak The Battle for Salajak 2018
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Rörgast The Voices Beyond 2016
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Special Commendation (Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing) Finland 2016
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Rörgast The Voices Beyond 2013
The CWA International Dagger – Nattfåk The Darkest Room 2010
The CWA Dagger Debut Award UK – Skumtimmen Echoes From The Dead 2009
The Glass Key The Nordic Countries – Nattfåk The Darkest Room 2009
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Nattfåk The Darkest Room 2008
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Debut) Sweden – Skumtimmen Echoes From The Dead 2007
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The Öland Series

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The October bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of October are out, and Lars Kepler’s The Spider grabs the top spot on the hardcover list for fiction, coming in at No. 1 followed by Anders Roslund’s 100 percent at No. 5.

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‘The Spider’ No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s just published The Spider shoots to No. 1 on the weekly Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers. Johan Theorin and Weathered Bones stay firmly put at No. 3 on the paperback list.

Ahnhem, Nesbø, Marklund, Theorin and Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Stefan Ahnhem appear at the top of the official paperback list, claiming the No. 1 spot with The Final Nail for the sixth consecutive week. The title is followed by Jo Nesbø who features at No. 2  with The Jealousy Man and Other Stories and Liza Marklund who comes in at No. 3 with The Polar Circle on the same list. Johan Theorin claims the No. 5 spot with Weathered Bones on the official list for fiction.

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Ahnhem and Theorin on the Norwegian bestseller lists

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail claiming the No. 1 spot at the top of the official paperback list for the fourth consecutive week. 

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Theorin and Ahnhem on the Norwegian bestseller lists

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Johan Theorin appear on the No. 3 spot on the official fiction list with Weathered Bones.

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Dagens Nyheter’s 30 Best Crime Novels of 2021

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest national newspaper, has announced a list of this year’s best crime novels which features and praises Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones, Sara Osman’s Everything We Didn’t Say, Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 and Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For.

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The just published Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii by Måns Mosesson enters the official Swedish bestseller list at No. 1 in both the hardcover non-fiction and audio category this week. Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones, also just published, claims the No. 2 spot in hardcover fiction and comes in at No. 3 in e-book. Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man grabs the No. 1 spot on the paperback list, while Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker stays firmly put at No. 1 in the e-book category for the third consecutive week. Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues comes in at No. 2 in both hardcover non-fiction and audio and climbs to No. 4 on the e-book list this week.

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A man lays down a garland of roses on a desolate Öland beach, only to moments later die in a sudden rock-fall. When police officer Tilda Davidsson lifts the garland, she discovers bone remains from a man that was last seen alive in the company of Tilda’s relative, the 86-year-old skipper Gerlof.

Gerlof is sickly and feeble, but is nevertheless forced to investigate why an old tragedy still has the power to instill fear and hatred. Hatred so strong that the murder on the beach is just the beginning.

Weathered Bones is the fifth installment in the internationally bestselling Öland Series.

Liza Marklund and Johan Theorin shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award

Liza Marklund and Johan Theorin have both been shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’. Marklund is nominated for The Polar Circle and Theorin for his upcoming title Weathered Bones.

The winning author will be announced during the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Festival in Eskilstuna on November 19-21.

‘Knocking’ to premiere in Sweden

Following its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival, Frida Kempff’s Knocking has opened in US cinemas to great acclaim. The movie will be released in Sweden on November 5. 

Knocking, based on Johan Theorin’s short story Knocks, revolves around a woman who moves into a new apartment after a tragic accident and begins to hear a disturbing knocking, which sounds like a call for help or a message in Morse code. She confronts her neighbours as the knocking intensifies but it becomes clear that no one else can hear it.

“Gripping from first scene to last.”
– The Hollywood Reporter 

“With Knocking, Kempff masterfully crafts the slow steady decline of a mind on edge. /…/ A real masterclass of building tension and character work. /…/ All will be kept on the edge of their seat.” 
– The Hollywood News

“Knocking is a Aronofsky-like knockout.”
– Pajiba

“A stifling, claustrophobic nightmare. /…/ A smouldering slow-burn of a movie that will linger in your mind for some time.” 
– Starburst Magazine

“A sharp debut. /…/ Strikingly atmospheric cinematography and an intense central performance.” 
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