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Roslund & Hellström

The much praised and internationally bestselling crime writing duo Roslund & Hellström, award-winning journalist Anders Roslund (b. 1961) and ex-criminal Börge Hellström (1957-2017) – are widely regarded as the true successors to the legendary Sjöwall & Wahlöö. Their brutal, dark realism and the scathing social criticism have put Roslund & Hellström in a league of their own on the Scandinavian crime writing scene.

“Roslund & Hellström are among the very best crime novelists around. They write with courage and intensity about the important issues of our time.”
–Maj Sjöwall

“Roslund/Hellström combine exciting crime stories with scathing social criticism: strong, urgent, and terribly exciting.”
–Liza Marklund

“If you’re looking for a guaranteed page-turner, pick up a crime novel by Roslund & Hellström.”
–Leif GW Persson

“There is a brutal and dark realism in their stories which make Roslund & Hellström unique amongst Scandinavian crime writers.”
–Jan Guillou

“Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, the authors behind this pen name, have a knack for transforming social scourges into taut, gritty thrillers.”
-New York Times

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for the Prix du Polar Européen (Best Crime Novel of the Year) France – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2019
Longlisted for The CWA International Dagger UK – Tre minuter Three Minutes 2018
Shortlisted for Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Tre timmar Three Hours 2018
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Tre timmar Three Hours 2018
Shortlisted for Vrij Nederland’s Thriller of the Year Award (Thriller of the Year ) Netherlands – Tre timmar Three Hours 2018
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Tre minuter Three Minutes 2016
The Japanese Readers’ Award (Best Translated Crime Novel) Japan – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2013
Shortlisted for The CWA International Dagger (Best International Novel of The Year) UK – Två soldater Two Soldiers 2013
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writer’s Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Två soldater Two Soldiers 2012
The CWA International Dagger UK – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2011
Shortlisted for Barry Award (Best British Novel of The Year) UK – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2011
The Romanian Crime Writers’ Club Award (Best Mystery & Thriller of the Year) Romania – Box 21 Box 21 2010
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Novel of the Year) Sweden – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2009
The Great Readers’ Prize Sweden – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2009
Shortlisted for The Glass Key (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) Nordic Countries – Tre sekunder Three Seconds 2009
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Flickan under gatan The Girl Below The Street 2007
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Edward Finnigans upprättelse Cell 8 2006
Shortlisted for the Swedish Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel) Sweden – Edward Finnigans upprättelse Cell 8 2006
The Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries – Odjuret Pen 33 2005
The City Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Sweden – Box 21 Box 21 2005
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Box 21 Box 21 2005
Shortlisted for the Swedish Booksellers’ Prize (Best Novel of the Year) Sweden – Box 21 Box 21 2005
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Bibliography

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Related news

Official trailer for ‘Box 21’ series

The official trailer for the upcoming series Box 21 has now been released. The series is based on the crime novel by acclaimed writer duo Roslund & Hellström, and will premiere on Viaplay on January 17. Criminal detective Ewert Grens is portrayed by Leonard Terfelt.

The new series tells the story of Lidia and Alina, two young girls from the East who dream of a better life. The girls are lured to Sweden with promises of good jobs awaiting them, but their journey ends in sex trafficking and dreams of revenge on the men that robbed them of their lives.

In Box 21, the lives of the girls are intertwined with other stories in an increasingly intense development which culminates in a hostage situation at a hospital morgue. At the center of the events is criminal detective Ewert Grens, who is faced with the question of who the true victims are in this deadly drama.

Teaser trailer for ‘Box 21’

An official teaser trailer has now been released for the upcoming TV-series Box 21, based on the acclaimed crime novel by Roslund & Hellström. The series will premiere on the Swedish streaming platform Viaplay on January 17.

Fredrik Backman, Ulf Lundell and Roslund & Hellström on the Swedish bestseller lists

Week 19’s official Swedish bestseller lists see Fredrik Backman and Ulf Lundell appear at No. 3 and No. 4 on the hardcover list, Backman taking the former spot with Anxious People, and Lundell the latter with Weekdays 2. Both titles also feature on the ebook list, where Weekdays 2 is No. 3 and Anxious People is No. 5. Roslund & Hellström meanwhile come in at No. 5 on the paperback list with Three Hours.

Fredrik Backman, Ulf Lundell and Roslund & Hellström on the Swedish bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists of week 18 (April 29th – May 5th) see Fredrik Backman once more claim the No. 2 spot on the hardcover list with Anxious People. The title also features on the audio and e-book lists, where it comes in at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Ulf Lundell makes his debut on the bestseller lists with the just published Weekdays 2, which is No. 3 in hardcover and No. 3 in e-book.

Roslund & Hellström likewise make an appearance with their bestseller Three Hours, which comes in at No. 4 in paperback.

Viaplay green-lights Roslund & Hellström’s Ewert Grens series

Viaplay has announced its green-lighting of the small screen adaptation of Roslund & Hellström’s internationally bestselling series about Ewert Grens. The TV series will be produced by Miso Film, and be based on four of Roslund & Hellström’s novels, starting with Box 21 for the first season. The series will premiere on Viaplay in 2020.

Box 21 will be directed by award-winning director Mani Maserrat (Modus, Bad Blood) and produced by Sandra Harms (Modus, 438 Days) and Karl Fredrik Ulfung (438 Days). Screenwriters are Dennis Magnusson (Jordskott, 30 Degrees in February), Stefan Thunberg (Wallander, Hunters 2) and Anders Roslund, author of the books.

The cast stars Leonard Terfelt (The Bridge), Mimosa Willamo (Bodom, Karppi) and Simon J. Berger (Modus, Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar).

Antti Tuomainen and Roslund & Hellström shortlisted for Prix du Polar Européen

Antti Tuomainen’s The Man Who Died and Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds have been shortlisted for the Prix du Polar Européen.

The French literary prize Prix du Polar Européen is annually awarded to the best crime or thriller novel by a European author, in translation or in French. The award was launched by the weekly magazine Le Point in 2003.

The award ceremony will take place during the Quais du Polar in Lyon this weekend, an annual crime festival for both literature and film.

The official movie trailer to ‘The Informer’ released

The Informer is the movie adaptation of Roslund and Hellström’s bestselling novel Three Seconds and it is set to premiere internationally in March next year.
The Informer, produced by Thunder Road Pictures (The Town, Sicario, John Wick), is directed by Andrea Di Stefano (Escobar: Paradise Lost) and written by Matt Cook (Patriots Day). The cast stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, Suicide Squad), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men, Sin City), Common (Selma, Suicide Squad) and Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049).

Roslund & Hellström longlisted for the CWA International Dagger

Three Minutes by Roslund & Hellström has been longlisted for the 2018 CWA International Dagger Award. The winners of all the CWA Daggers will be announced at the Dagger Award Dinner held in October.

Kristina Ohlsson, Roslund & Hellström and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff stays at No. 5 on the official Swedish bestseller list for children’s books. Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes meanwhile claims the No. 5 spot on the list for paperback fiction. On the audio book and e-book bestseller lists, the No. 1 title is one and the same: Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer.

Roslund & Hellström, Kristina Ohlsson, Sofia Lundberg and Fredrik Backman on the Swedish bestseller lists

Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes stays at the No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. It is joined by Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, which claims No. 5 on the children’s books list, and Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of A Lifetime at No. 6 on the hardcover fiction list. On the e-book list Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book makes a strong first appearance, jumping straight to No. 5.

Leif GW Persson and Roslund & Hellström No. 2 and No. 5 in November

The official Swedish bestseller lists for November are out, and Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? comes in at No. 2 in the paperback category. Not far behind is Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes at No. 5.

‘Three Minutes’ No. 2 in Sweden

Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes doesn’t budge from its No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. Three Minutes is the gripping second installment in the series about the successful infiltrator Piet Hoffman.

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