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Stefan Ahnhem

Stefan Ahnhem (b. 1966) is one of the most successful new voices to appear on the Scandinavian crime fiction scene. Ahnhem is a screenwriter with over two decades of experience. Since his debut in 2014 with Victim Without a Face , Ahnhem has built an authorship where the suspense and atmosphere of Nordic noir is combined with the cinematic qualities of screenwriting. Currently, four novels have been published from the international bestselling and award-winning Fabian Risk series.

“Blacker than Stieg Larsson and more bleakly human than Henning Mankell.”
-Tony Parsons

“It’s time for other Scandinavian crime novelists to step aside and for readers of such to look up. Stefan Ahnhem has arrived and he’s terrifically compelling.”
-C.J. Box

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – X sätt att dö X Ways to Die 2019
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Crime Writer of the Year - Readers’ Award) Sweden 2018
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Crime Writer of the Year - Readers’ Award) Sweden 2017
Shortlisted for Lubimyczytac’s Book of the Year Award (Best Crime, Mystery, Thriller Novel) Poland – Offer utan ansikte Victim Without a Face 2016
Shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (RTÉ RADIO 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award 2016) Ireland – Offer utan ansikte Victim Without a Face 2016
MIMI Award (Best Crime Fiction Novel) Germany – Den nionde graven The Ninth Grave 2016
Crimetime Specsavers Award Sweden – Offer utan ansikte Victim Without a Face 2015
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Bibliography

Fabian Risk

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The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists for week 33 in Norway see Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Unhinged take the No. 4 spot on the e-book list, while Jo Nesbø’s Knife comes in at No. 6 in paperback. It’s followed by Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die at No. 8, and Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 9. Finally, in the hardcover category, Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes come in at No. 10 with The Search for the Last Dinosaur.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Week 32 sees Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur lands the No. 7 spot on the Norwegian bestseller list for hardcover fiction. Horst & Thomas Enger’s Unhinged meanwhile comes in at No. 10, also featuring at No. 4 on the e-book list.

In the paperback category, Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 6, while Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways To Die is No. 7, and Horst & Enger’s Smokescreen No. 10.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller list

Unhinged, the third Blix & Ramm novel by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, keeps going strong on the Norwegian bestseller lists for week 31, coming in at No. 4 in e-book and No. 6 in hardcover. Also on the hardcover list is Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur, nabbing the No. 5 spot. In the paperback category, we see Jo Nesbø’s Knife on the No. 3 spot for the fourth consecutive week, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 6, and lastly Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die at No. 7.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger's third Blix & Ramm novel Unhinged keeps going strong in Norway, coming in at No. 1 in e-book and No. 3 in hardcover on this week's bestseller lists. Horst also makes an appearance at No. 4 in hardcover, with his and Hans Jørgen Sandnes' The Search for the Last Dinosaur, as well as at No. 4 in paperback with The Inner Darkness. In paperback he is further joined by Jo Nesbø, who claims the No. 3 spot with Knife and Stefan Ahnhem who nabs the No. 5 spot with his_ X Ways to Die_.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

This week Unhinged, the third and recently published Blix & Ramm novel by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, stays firmly put in No. 1 in e-book and No. 2 in hardcover on the Norwegian bestseller lists, whilst its predecessor Smoke Screen makes an appearance at No. 9 in paperback. Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes' The Search for the Last Dinosaur features at No. 4 on the hardcover list. In the paperback category, for the second week running, we also find Jo Nesbø's Knife in the No. 3 spot, Jørn Lier Horst's The Inner Darkness at No. 4 and Stefan Ahnhem's_ X Ways to Die_ at No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s just published third Blix & Ramm novel, Unhinged, jumps straight to No. 1 on the e-book bestseller list in Norway, and starts off its upcoming streak on the hardcover list at No. 2. Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur meanwhile shifts one placement, to No. 3.

On the paperback list, Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 3, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and lastly Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die at No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The sixth activity book in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series, The Search for the Last Dinosaur, stays firmly put at No. 1 on the weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. The paperback bestseller list sees more movement as Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die shoots to No. 3. Right after it comes Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and Jo Nesbø’s Knife at No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur is No. 1 also this week on the official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. Jo Nesbø’s Knife meanwhile comes in at No. 3 on the paperback list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and Stefan Ahnhem’s just published X Ways to Die at No. 10. Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow is No. 10 on the e-book list, while Hedvig Montgomery’s The Adolescent Years is No. 10 in nonfiction.

The Danish bestseller lists

Denmark’s largest book retailer Bog og Idé’s weekly crime fiction bestseller list sees Arne Dahl’s Freedom claim the No. 5 position for the second week in a row. Meanwhile Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die claims the No. 6 spot and Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock appears at No. 7.

Stefan Ahnhem and Arne Dahl on the Danish bestseller lists

Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die, the fifth installment in the Fabian Risk series, comes in at No. 3 on retailer Arnold Busck’s bestseller list for crime fiction this week. Arne Dahl’s Friheten, the fourth installment in the Berger & Blom series, comes in at No. 2 on retailer Saxo’s audiobook list, and at No. 4 on their e-book list this week.

The Storytel Awards 2019

The nominees for 2019’s Storytel Awards have been announced. Previously known as the Grand Audiobook Prize, the Storytel Awards have been handed out to the best audio books in Sweden since 2007. The awards are split into five categories: Suspense, Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for the Suspense award are: Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die, Anne Holt’s A Grave for Two, Kristina Ohlsson’s To Him Who Knocks, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, Jo Nesbø’s Knife, and Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock.

The Fiction nominees include: Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm, Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People, Simona Ahrnstedt’s Just a Little More, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794.

Fans will be able to vote for their favorites till January 17, and the winners will be announced at a gala event on April 2.

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

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