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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, six novels have been published from the international bestselling and award-winning Fabian Risk series that has sold in over 2 million copies worldwide. Most recently, Ahnhem set off his spin-off series, centering on Fabian Risk’s former colleague Malin Rehnberg, with the publication of An Entirely Different Story.

“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

“Stefan Ahnhem writes so damn well, it’s as simple as that.”
-Katrine Engberg

“Stefan Ahnhem holds his readers in a vice-like grip.”
-Jens Henrik Jensen

“With Stefan Ahnhem’s books you are always guaranteed 100% thrills.”
-Michael Katz Krefeld

Awards

Shortlisted for the Mofibo Awards (Best Crime & Suspense) Denmark – X sätt att dö X Ways to Die 2021
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
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

Malin Rehnberg

Fabian Risk

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‘An Entirely Different Story’ published in Sweden

In Stefan Ahnhem’s highly anticipated spin-off novel, An Entirely Different Story, famous lifestyle influencer is found murdered in a suite at one of Stockholm’s finest hotels. Is it a cold staged execution, or the result of erotic play gone too far?

The former colleague of Fabian Risk, Malin Rehnberg, recovered from the events in The Ninth Grave three years prior, receives the case on her desk and is forced to fight against her new boss who wants the regional criminal police to focus on an ongoing trafficking investigation. And at the same time, family life together with Anders out in Enskede is getting increasingly unstable.

When yet another murder occurs, everything turns on its head. Is there any connection between the victims, can these cases be part of something bigger, and what does that persistent stalker who keeps appearing in the investigation actually want?

 

Most sold books of summer 2022 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail is the No. 1 most sold paperback novel of summer 2022 in Norway, closely followed by Jo Nesbø’s The Jealousy Man and Other Stories at No. 2.

The children’s books bestseller list is topped by Jørn Lier horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Camping King, the ninth activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller list

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Stefan Ahnhem’s  The Final Nail claiming the No. 1 spot on the official paperback list for the seventh consecutive week followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s A Will to Serve at No. 2.

 

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.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 title  The Search for the Camping King comes in at No. 1 on the Norwegian bestseller list for children’s fiction for the second consecutive week.

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. 

Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones appear on the No. 3 spot on the official fiction list.

Stefan Ahnhem No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail is No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperback fiction for the third consecutive week.

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.

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail claims the No. 1 spot at the top of the official paperback list. 

Stefan Ahnhem No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail claims the No. 1 spot for paperback fiction on the official Norwegian bestseller list.

Stefan Ahnhem No. 1 in Norway

The Norwegian book industry publication BOK365 has published their final bestseller list for 2021 and Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail closes out the year by claiming the No. 1 spot for fiction.

Ahnhem and Holt on the weekly Norwegian bestseller list

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail continues to feature on the official Norwegian bestseller list and claims the No. 1 placement on the e-book list for the third consecutive week, while also grabbing No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list for the second week in a row. Anne Holt’s The Eleventh Manuscript keeps its No. 2 spot on the e-book list.

Ahnhem and Holt on the Norwegian bestseller list

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail stays firmly put at at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books for the second consecutive week, and enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 4 this week. Anne Holt’s The Eleventh Manuscript joins Ahnhem on the e-book list, coming in at No. 2.

Stefan Ahnhem No. 1 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s The Final Nail – the sixth and final installment in the internationally bestselling Fabian Risk series – enters at No. 1 on the Norwegian betseller list for e-books this week.

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