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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 in recent years. A screenwriter with over two decades of experience, Ahnhem has since his debut in 2014 with Victim Without a Face built an authorship where the suspense and atmosphere of Nordic noir is combined with the cinematic qualities of screenwriting. To date four novels have been published in the internationally bestselling and award-winning Fabian Risk series.

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

“It’s time for most 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

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The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Week 32’s (August 5th - 11th) official bestseller lists for Norway see Jo Nesbø’s Knife appear at No. 1 on the hardcover list, as well as No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger join him on the e-book list, coming in at No. 5 with Smoke Screen.

In the paperback category Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X is No. 4, and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room is No. 5.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Among this week’s bestsellers is Jo Nesbø’s Knife, the twelfth Harry Hole novel. Nesbø holds the No. 1 spot on the hardcover list and No. 2 in the e-book category. The author duo Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen comes in as No. 3 in e-book and No. 5 in hardcover.

On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, the fourth title in the Fabian Risk series, places as No. 3. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus, the seventh installment in the Joona Linna series, grabs the No. 4 placement. The No. 5 spot sees Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room, the second novel in the Cold Case Quartet.

Liza Marklund and Stefan Ahnhem No. 1 and No. 2 in Iceland

Liza Marklund’s stand-alone Black Pearl Farm is No. 1 on the official Icelandic bestseller list. Following closely behind at No. 2 is Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, the fourth Fabian Risk novel.

The April bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of April see the repeat appearance of some familiar authorships and titles, starting with Lars Kepler and Lazarus, which comes in at No. 3 in hardcover this month. The seventh Joona Linna novel has featured on the monthly lists since October.

Next on the hardcover lists is Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, coming in at No. 4 this April. The author duo is followed by Fredrik Backman, whose Anxious People debuts on the monthly lists at No. 5 both in hardcover and audio.

The paperback list has Stefan Ahnhem appear at No. 3 with Motive X, the fourth Fabian Risk novel. Stina Jackson nabs the No. 5 spot with The Silver Road, which also features at No. 2 on the e-book list. Jackson’s debut novel has been on the monthly paperback bestseller lists since December last year.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X brings home the silver on the latest weekly betseller list for paperbacks. Not far after his No. 2 placement comes Stina Jackson and The Silver Road, which places No. 5 in paperback, and No. 3 in e-book. On the hardcover list Lars Kepler comes in at No. 4 with their long-running bestseller Lazarus.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X remains No. 1 on the official weekly Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road follows closely behind, landing three spots on the lists also this week: No. 3 in paperback, No. 2 in e-book and No. 3 in audio.

The hardcover list sees Hjorth & Rosenfeldt land the No. 2 spot with A Higher Justice, and Lars Kepler the No. 3 one with Lazarus. Lazarus also comes in at No. 4 on the audiobook list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Week 13’s (March 25-31st) Swedish bestseller lists see new and old names lining up at the top. New on the lists is Tom Malmquist, who claims the No. 1 spot on the audio one with All the Air That Surrounds Us. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X stays at No. 1 on the paperback list, and is joined by Stina Jackson who features at No. 5 with The Silver Road. Jackson’s debut also comes in at No. 4 on both the audio and e-book lists.

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus stays put at No. 2 in the hardcover category, and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice is No. 3.

The March bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for March see Lars Kepler claim the No. 1 spot on the hardcover list with Lazarus. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt follow at No. 2 with A Higher Justice.

The non-fiction list’s No. 1 goes to Leif GW Persson’s memoir, Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X comes in at No. 4, and just after it at No. 5 is Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road. Jackson also features at No. 1 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the e-book list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers sees two familiar names in the top three: Lars Kepler, whose Lazarus is No. 2, and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, who come in at No. 3 with A higher Justice. Leif GW Persson also stays in the top three, but on the non-fiction list. His Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career is No. 3 this week.

The paperback list sees Stefan Ahnhem shoot to the top, placing No. 1 with Motive X. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road is No. 5 on the same list, but also comes in at No. 3 in audio, and No. 2 in e-books. She's joined on the e-book list by Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman, No. 5 this week.

Lars Kepler, Jørn Lier Horst, and Stefan Ahnhem on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists from Norway see Lars Kepler’s Lazarus claim the No. 1 spot in the e-book category once again. The seventh Joona Linna novel also comes in at No. 5 on the hardcover list.

No. 2 on the e-book list is Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room, the second installment in the Cold Case Quartet. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, book four in the Fabian Risk series, takes home the last top three spot and comes in at No. 3.

Lars Kepler, Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s just published Lazarus claims two of the top spots on the official weekly betseller lists in Norway. The novel comes in at No. 1 on the e-book list, and No. 2 in the hardcover category. Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller The Innermost Room comes in just after on the e-book list, claiming the No. 2 spot. Finally, at No. 3, is Stefan Ahnhem’s just published Motive X.

Jonas Gardell, Liza Marklund, Stefan Ahnhem and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love is No. 1 on the Swedish hardcover list for the first week of October. Gardell is joined by Liza Marklund, who comes in at No. 4 with her recently published Black Pearl Farm. Just after at No. 5 comes Stefan Ahnhem and Motive X, which also claims the No. 3 spot on the e-book list and the No. 4 spot on the audio list. Niklas Natt och Dag and The Wolf and the Watchman occupy the No. 3 spot on the paperback list, also coming in at No. 4 on the e-book list.

The September bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of September see many familiar titles in the top spots. On the hardcover list Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 2, also making an appearance at No. 5 on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth Fabian Risk novel, Motive X, claims the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

The paperback list has Anders de la Motte and Deeds of Fall at No. 2, and Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman at No. 3.

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code claims the No. 2 spot on the e-book list.

Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career meanwhile makes a repeat appearance on the nonfiction list, claiming the No. 5 spot.

And lastly on the children’s fiction list, Kristina Ohlsson’s third installment in the Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, places at No. 3.

Jonas Gardell, Stefan Ahnhem, Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists remain largely unchanged the last week of September, and Jonas Gardell and Stefan Ahnhem once again claim the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the hardcover list. Gardell with In Memory of an Unconditional Love, and Ahnhem with Motive X. Ahnhem also comes in at No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 4 on the audio list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman likewise stays put at No. 3 on the paperback list, and comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list.

Jonas Gardell, Stefan Ahnhem, Liza Marklund, Niklas Natt och Dag, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love returns to the No. 1 spot on the weekly hardcover fiction list in Sweden, also claiming the No. 3 position on the e-book list. Stefan Ahnhem meanwhile debuts on the hardcover list with the just published Motive X, which comes in at No. 2. Motive X - the fourth Fabian Risk novel - is No. 2 also on the e-book list. Another strong debut on the hardcover list is Liza Marklund, just out with The Pearl Farm. Marklund places at No. 4.

The paperback list features two recurring bestsellers: Niklas Natt och Dag, who comes in at No. 3 with The Wolf and the Watchman, and Anders de la Motte at No. 4 with Deeds of Fall.

Finally there is the weekly children’s books bestseller list, where the third installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s Monster Trilogy, The Mummy’s Riddle, comes in at No. 5.

‘Motive X’ published in Sweden

As Fabian Risk watches over his gun-shot-wounded and comatose daughter Matilda at the Helsingborg hospital, a Syrian refugee boy is brutally murdered, throwing the city’s police into a complex new investigation with racist overtones. Motive X is Stefan Ahnhem’s fourth book in the series about Fabian Risk of the Helsingborg police.

Stefan Ahnhem shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award - Reader's Choice

Stefan Ahnhem has been shortlisted for the 2018 Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category ‘Crime Author of the Year – Reader’s Choice’ in Sweden. The winner will be announced during the Gothenburg Book Fair in September.

To see the list of nominees and to vote, click on “Read more”.

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Stefan Ahnhem and Bobbie Peers No. 3 and No. 4 in Norway

The official Norwegian bestseller lists for the last week of 2017 are in, and Stefan Ahnhem and Bobbie Peers continue to feature at the top. On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero climbs again, coming in at No. 3. Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent likewise climbs, taking the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem No. 2 and No. 4 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s and Stefan Ahnhem’s latest titles continue to feature among the top titles on the official Norwegian bestseller lists. The Katharina Code by Horst climbs yet another placement, claiming the No. 2 spot on the hardcover fiction list this week. Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero meanwhile places No. 4 on the paperback list.

Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem No. 3 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code climbs the Norwegian bestseller list again, coming in at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list this week. It is once more joined by Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero, which claims the No. 3 spot on the paperback list.

Stefan Ahnhem and Jørn Lier Horst No. 3 and No. 5 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero claims a spot on the official Norwegian bestseller this week as well, coming in at No. 3 on the list for paperback fiction.

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code likewise continues to feature on the hardcover list, claiming the No. 5 spot this week.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 3 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s third Fabian Risk novel stays at No. 3 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks. This marks Eighteen Below Zero’s ninth consecutive week on the list.

Stefan Ahnhem No. 3 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero comes in at No. 3 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks this week. The novel, the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, has now featured on the list for eight weeks.

Stefan Ahnhem and Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero doesn’t budge from its No. 1 spot on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. The third novel in Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series, Eighteen Below Zero has now occupied the top spot for seven consecutive weeks.

The Katharina Code makes yet another appearance at the top as well, returning to the hardcover fiction list at No. 3. The Katharina Code is the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s compelling new crime fiction series, the Cold Case Quartet.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s third Fabian Risk novel, Eighteen Below Zero, stays at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction. This is the novel’s sixth week at the top.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Eighteen Below Zero doesn’t budge from the No. 1 spot on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction, claiming the top spot for the fifth week in a row.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem and his Eighteen Below Zero is No. 1 also this week on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in the Fabian Risk series.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ and ‘Operation Mummy’ No. 1 and No. 4 in Norway

Eighteen Below Zero, Stefan Ahnhem’s third Fabian Risk novel, is No. 1 also this week on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback novels.

Operation Mummy meanwhile comes in at No. 4 on the official bestseller list for fiction, all genres. Operation Mummy is the twelfth installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Eighteen Below Zero stays at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback novels. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in Stefan Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero jumps up to No. 1 in its second week on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback novels. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in the internationally bestselling Fabian Risk series.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 5 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero has gone straight to No. 5 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks. The novel, the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, was published as paperback just last week in Norway.

Jo Nesbø, Lars Kepler, Michael Katz Krefeld and Stefan Ahnhem on Krimimessen Horsens’ “Readers' Top 7”

The immensely popular “Crime Book Festival, Denmark” - also known as Krimimessen in Horsens - has announced a “Readers’ Top 7” list, wherein they have gathered the seven most beloved crime fiction novels of all time according to their voters. The No. 1 spot on the list goes to The Snowman by Jo Nesbø, the seventh installment in the Harry Hole series. It is followed by The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler at No. 3, the entire Ravn series by Michael Katz Krefeld at No. 5, and Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem at No. 6.

Stefan Ahnhem, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award

The shortlist for this year’s Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category Crime Writer of the Year - Readers’ Award has been announced, and among the nominated are Stefan Ahnhem, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson. The shortlisted authors have all been selected by the public in a vote. The winning author will likewise be decided by the public, and announced on August 5th during the last day of the Crimetime festival, held on the island of Gotland.

To vote for your favorite author, click “Read more” below.

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‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 3 in Sweden

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero goes right to No. 3 on May 2017’s official bestseller list for paperbacks in Sweden. Eighteen Below Zero was published in paperback just last month.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 3 in Germany

Eighteen Below Zero, the third installment in Stefan Ahnhem’s Fabian Risk series, has once more reached No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. This is the novel’s 6th consecutive week on the list.

‘Victim Without a Face’ shortlisted for Lubimyczytac’s Book of the Year Award 2016

Victim Without a Face, Stefan Ahnhem’s debut novel and the first installment in the Fabian Risk series, has been shortlisted for Lubimyczytac’s Book of the Year Award 2016 in the ‘Crime, Mystery, Thriller’ category. Lubimyczytac is the Polish equivalent of Goodreads, an online community where readers can share reviews and receive recommendations. The winners of the Lubimyczytac’s Book of the Year Award will be chosen by this community in an online vote, open till February 28th.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 4 in Germany

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero, the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, celebrates its 5th week on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. This week the novel comes in at No. 4.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 3 in Germany

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero has shot up to No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, and was published in Germany at the beginning of January.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 3 in Germany

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero has shot up to No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s best seller list in Germany. Eighteen Below Zero is the third installment in the Fabian Risk series, and was published in Germany at the beginning of January.

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New Author - Stefan Ahnhem

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