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  • Dorthe Nors has just gotten a fantastic review in The Economist for Mirror, Shoulder, Signal:

    “Dorthe Nors’s novel is a magnificent exploration of anxiety. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal introduces a writer who is both funny and brave. […] Nors, in contrast, turns her gridlocked human traffic into a transport of delight.”

    Read the review in full here.

  • Susanne Jansson’s debut novel In the Mire has been sold to 20 territories. Here’s the complete list of rights sold so far:

    Czech Republic, Host
    Denmark, Rosinante
    Estonia, Varrak
    France, Presses de la Cité
    Germany, C. Bertelsmann
    Greece, Metaixmio
    Italy, Rizzoli
    Latvia, Janis Roze
    Lithuania, Baltos Lankos
    Netherlands, Cargo
    Norway, Aschehoug
    Poland, Marginesy
    Portugal, 20/20 Editora
    Russia, AST
    Slovakia, Plus
    Spain, Roca
    Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand
    Turkey, Ithaki
    UK, Hodder / Mulholland
    US, Grand Central

  • Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito has been nominated for the Book of the Year Award 2017, which is presented by Bonnier Book Clubs.

    Readers now get the chance to vote for one of twelve titles published in the last year that has been selected for the shortlist. The winner will be announced during the Gothenburg Book Fair on September 29th, 2017.

    Click here to vote for Quicksand to win.

  • Susanne Jansson has received yet another fantastic review for In the Mire, this time from Jenny Lindh at M Magasin:

    “The best book out there right now. […] Debut writer Susanne Jansson is an easter gift to all nature-loving suspense fans. […] What is buried in the mire does not decompose. It does not come to rest. But how do you satisfy the hunger of the dead? We wonder, feverishly turning the pages, and along the way we become experts in wetlands. And when In the Mire has dug deep enough through the mysteries, we finally get our answers.”


  • We’re incredibly proud to announce that Dorthe Nors has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017, for her critically acclaimed novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal!

    Chair of the jury, Edinburgh international book festival director Nick Barley called Mirror, Shoulder, Signal an “exquisite exposition” and said that it is “the funniest book on the list, the quirkiest and the one that will split the critics the most – but we all loved it”.

    Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is one of six titles with the chance to win the prize. The winner will be announced on June 14th at a dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The prize of £50,000 will be divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry.

  • Åsa Avdic has been nominated for the Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category “Best Crime Debut” for Isola.

    The winner will be announced during Crimetime Gotland in August.

  • Today is the publication day for the UK edition of The Owl Always Hunts at Night and here’s a first stunning review from The Irish News:

    “There’s something about Scandi-crime fiction that sets it apart from the norm and the second novel in Norwegian author Samuel Bjork’s Munch and Kruger series exemplifies everything that is great about the genre. […] Told in short, compelling chapters that alternate between several perspectives, Bjork creates a unique, twisting, unsettling thriller that really epitomises the phrase ‘page-turner’. And at the heart of it are two police officers whose own emotional battles are as enticing as the crime they are investigating. Read as a standalone novel or as part of the series, the book works equally well. In fact, there is very little to fault in this Nordic crime thriller par excellence.”

  • Great new review from Skånska Dagbladet for Susanne Jansson’s In the Mire:

    In the Mire navigates both the horror and suspense genres, and does not veer away from supernatural elements. As a contrast, it also offers interesting glimpses into Nathalie’s scientific work and police photographer Maya’s pondering about photo art. All in all this is a well-written and refreshing debut.”

  • Susanne Jansson has just gotten a rave review from renowned crime book critic Lotta Olsson at Dagens Nyheter:

    “The atmosphere is what makes me fall, head over heels: a lonely woman who rents out her city apartment and heads out into the wilderness. […] Susanne Jansson skillfully builds mounting uncertainty. Is there something supernatural out there, in the mire? Or is there a person using the lore for their own purposes? Does Nathalie have more reasons for coming to the mire than she lets on? […] In the Mire is one of the best and most complete debut novels I’ve ever read.”

    Read the full review here.

  • Samuel Bjørk has just received a great pre-publication review from Publishers Weekly for his bestselling crime novel The Owl Always Hunts at Night.

    “The tension and stakes increase exponentially over the course of this meticulously plotted tale. […] Bjork’s character work is excellent and imbues the story with nuance and heft.”

    The US edition of The Owl Always Hunts at Night will be published by Penguin on June 6th.

    Read the full review here.

  • Malin Persson Giolito has been awarded the BMF Prize for Quicksand! This prize, established in 1951, is given by the Swedish Society of Bookstore Employees to the author whose work from the past year has given them the most personal satisfaction.

  • Today is the UK publication day for Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand, and here’s a first rave review from The Daily Mail:

    “Compelling and brutally candid, especially about modern adolescence, this is not a comfortable book, but the story is so superbly told that it lingers in the mind long after the jury’s verdict.”

    Click here to have a look at Simon & Schuster’s fantastic book trailer!


    A breathlessly action-packed drama, where the epic meets the everyday as one person’s destiny becomes at the center of an entire society’s survival.

    The Renegade is the sequel to Filip Alexanderson’s debut novel Firstborn.


  • Dorthe Nors’s Man Booker International Prize longlisted novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has gotten yet another rave review from the UK:

    “This novel reads like a sort of Danish Woody Allen; existential, domestic, gently humorous. […] On the one hand, this poetic, thoughtful book is an affectionate send-up of the modern Nordic mindset. But in a deeper way it’s a love letter to a vanished land, that of childhood.”
    The Daily Mail


  • “Forget the comfort of Danish hygge; Swedish sundhet is better for your health.”

    Yesterday’s issue of The Times featured an interview with Dr. Bertil Marklund, author of bestseller The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer (to be published in the UK on April 27th).

    Shortly after the article was published, Marklund’s book immediately soared to the #1 spot on in the Popular Medicine category.

    Read the article here.

  • Yesterday’s issue of The New York Times Book Review featured a full-page review of Quicksand:

    Quicksand is a novel that beings like a parlor game gone awry: On its first page, a little cross section of contemporary Swedish society – a right-on homeroom reacher, a Ugandan foster child, a cashmere-clad blonde, a son of Middle Eastern immigrants – lies on the floor, splattered with blood, as if darkly satirizing the country’s self-image of civilized multiculturalism. […] What we’re reading here is not so much Maria’s unfiltered thoughts as her speech to an imaginary audience: Mostly we listen in as she tries to make sense of what happened, but she occasionally addresses us directly, speculating as to what assumptions we might make about her and what comfy delusions we may be harboring about ourselves. The voice is uneven, unpredictable in a way that feels characteristic of a teenager. […] the novel is structured as a courtroom procedural, yet ot clearly has ambitions beyond that, addressing Sweden’s underlying economic and racial tensions.”

  • Dorthe Nors’s critically acclaimed novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, which last week was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, has just been sold to Spain (Anagrama) and Greece (Metaixmio).

    Rights to this stunning novel have so far been sold to 13 territories:

    Czech Republic, Argo
    Denmark, Gyldendal
    France, Delcourt
    Germany, Kein & Aber
    Greece, Metaixmio
    Hungary, Park
    Italy, Bompiani
    Netherlands, Podium
    Norway, Cappelen Damm
    Spain, Anagrama
    Sweden, Ordfront
    UK, Pushkin Press
    USA, Graywolf Press

  • Both Kirkus and The Huffington Post have listed Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand as one of “the Most Addictive Books of 2017 (so far)”.

    In Kirkus‘s review they praised Quicksand, calling it “a splendid work of fiction.”

    Read the original posts here and here.

  • We are incredibly proud to reveal that Dorthe Nors’s fantastic novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has made the longlist for the Man Booker International Prize! 

    The shortlist consisting of six books will be announced on April 20th, and the winner of the 2017 prize will be announced on June 14th.

    Read the announcement here.

  • Malin Persson Giolito’s critically acclaimed novel Quicksand, which was published in the US last week, has just gotten a rave review from The Washington Post:

    “A remarkable new novel from Sweden […] Giolito, who practiced law before she turned to fiction, writes with exceptional skill. […] Giolito keeps us guessing a long time and the outcome, when it arrives, is just as it should be.”

    Read the full review here.

  • Samuel Bjørk’s bestselling thriller I’m Travelling Alone has just been awarded Le Prix des Nouvelles Voix du Polar Pocket 2016.

    This is a new prize established by publisher Pocket and it will be awarded to the best two best debut suspense titles published by Pocket each year, one French and one translated.

  • Susanne Jansson’s debut novel In the Mire has gained a lot of excitement internationally. Within a few days of submission, rights to this atmospheric suspense novel have been sold to the following territories:

    Denmark, Rosinante (2 books)

    France, Presses de la Cité (2 books)
    Lithuania, Baltos Lankos (2 books)
    Netherlands, Cargo (2 books)
    Norway, Aschehoug (2 books)
    Slovakia, Plus (2 books)

    Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand (2 books)

    Auctions are currently ongoing in Germany, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic.

  • Tonight the television series based on Åsa Larsson’s books about Rebecka Martinsson will premiere on Swedish television.

    The series has been filmed on location in Kiruna and features the spectacular environments that are also present in Åsa Larsson’s incomparable, award-winning books. The series will consist of eight 45-minute episodes based on the books The Blood SpiltThe Black PathUntil Thy Wrath Be Past and The Second Deadly Sin. It stars Ida Engvoll (known from Academy-Award nominated A Man Called Ove) as Rebecka Martinsson and is directed by Fredrik Edfeldt.

    The first episode premieres tonight at 9 pm on TV4.


    In peat bogs across Northern Europe, people of the Iron Age buried their sacrifices to the Gods. Even human sacrifices. The unique ecology of the wetlands slows the decomposition process, ensuring that bodies become preserved as eerie time capsules. Folklore has it that souls buried in a mire never come to rest, but rather haunt the living and hunger a er new victims. But this is only superstition, ghost stories of ancient lore. Or is it?

    We are proud to present debut author Susanne Jansson’s In the Mire, an atmospheric mystery where past and present, lore and reality converge.

  • Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors continues to garner fantastic reviews by leading critics. Here are excerpts from The Guardian and Financial Times:

    “Nors is at her most trenchant and empathic when her protagonist, riddled with superstition and uncertainty, is inwardly soliloquising […] When Sonja’s narrative breaks free of the corner she has boxed herself into, the prose swoops and soars like her yearned-for whooper swans. It’s at these moments that Nors’s reinvention of experimental fiction is so marvellous: the remainder of her backlist should not disappoint.”
    the guardian

    “Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has just been published in Britain and will raise Nors’ profile further. […] Nors writes important modern women’s fiction. It is an act of 21st century recovery and assertion: she gives back agency and centrality to older women, sidelined in all societies, even Scandinavian ones, where women are valued less than men, and childless, single women least of all.”
    Financial Times

  • Karolina Ramqvist’s intimate essay It’s the Night has just been published in a condensed version by LitHub.

    First published by Norstedts in September 2016, It’s the Night received stunning reviews and held the top position of Dagens Nyheter‘s critics list for several weeks.

    Head over to LitHub to read the excerpt.

  • The Danish edition of Geir Tangen’s debut novel Maestro was published by Modtryk on January 31st and the reception has been fantastic. Here’s the latest rave review:

    There are crime novels you simply have to read. Well-written and with a level of suspense that is heightened page after page, a touch of humor and characters who are exciting, authentic, and each with their individual qualities. Geir Tangen is a master in his own right. He conducts his plot with elegance and linguistic precision.
    Fyens Stiftstidene

  • Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors has been shortlisted for the Readers’ Award in Denmark. The prize is given every year by the Danish Library Association and newspaper Berlingske, who together choose ten Danish titles from the past year. Readers then get to vote for their favorite, and the winner will be announced on March 30th.

    Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is presented as “singularly beautiful novel”, and when it was first published in February 2016, Søren Kassebeer of Berlingske wrote this rave review:

    Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a brilliant novel about finding your own way in life, even if others would like to steer you. […] Good literature is often about the unremarkable, the ordinary, and Dorthe Nors’s grasp of the story is masterful. […] Mirror, Shoulder, Signal emphasizes the author’s calibre. New readers of Nors can safely begin here. Perhaps they’ll then turn to the rest of her work. They won’t regret it.”

    Vote for Mirror, Shoulder, Signal here.

  • Camilla Grebe’s novel The Ice Beneath Her has just gotten this rave review from BookPage, listing it as one of two Scandinavian thrillers “to chill your bones”:

    “Swedish author Grebe makes her solo U.S. debut with gripping, nuanced and graphically violent tale. A beautiful woman lies dead in the home of a businessman—beheaded, with the head adjacent to the body. The chief suspect has disappeared, his abandoned girlfriend is on the warpath, and the lead profiler in the case suffers from what may be early onset dementia. And that’s just the setup.”
    Bookpage (US)

  • Dorthe Nors’ praised novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has just been sold to Bompiani in Italy and Delcourt in France.

    So far, rights to Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has been sold to 11 territories.

  • The seventh installment in Åsa Larsson, Ingela Korsell and Henrik Jonsson’s celebrated PAX series: The Pesta, is one of the final nominees for Sweden’s official audiobook prize: The Grand Audiobook Prize, in the category Best Children’s Book.

    Readers have voted for their favorite books from a longlist of twenty titles, and The Pesta was one of the five books who got the most votes.

    A jury will choose the winner from the five final nominees, and the winner will be announced at a gala event on March 6th.

  • Malin Persson Giolito’s critically acclaimed novel has been highlighted in this week’s issue of Time Magazine, where it’s presented as “the latest Swedish crime sensation”.

    The US edition of Quicksand will be published by Other Press on March 7th.

  • Dorthe Nors’ praised novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has just received this fantastic pre-publication review from The Big Issue in the UK:

    “The experience in reading about Sonja’s heroic struggle to get out of a crummy rut is very moving. Perhaps because Nors’ watchful eye, as well as often seeing the humour in regular situations, creates characters so believable in their small, everyday battles that we can’t help but care. Even more important, though, is the tenderness of her writing; the feeling she is giving much of herself away, wincing with Sonja’s everyday slight, warming with every moment of unexpected affection. It’s from that generous spirit of self-sacrifice that this novel gets its heart.”

    The UK edition of Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is to be published by Pushkin Press on February 23rd.

  • The US edition of Karolina Ramqvist’s critically acclaimed novel The White City was published by Grove Atlantic today.

    In a rave pre-publication review, Booklist had the following to say about Ramqvist’s English-language debut:

    The White City is rich in language and ambience. Moody, mysterious, maternal and magnetic […] it is a haunting novel of a woman adrift yet firmly attached to romantic memories of her lover and the simple needs of her daughter […] Like a Madonna of the tundra, Karin is a resilient and irresistible protagonist, and Ramqvist is a serious contender for the Swedish literary limelight.”

    Excerpts from The White City are available at Guernica and Europe Now.

  • Åsa Larsson’s novel The Blood Spilt is the first crime novel to ever have been published in North Sami. Publisher Ravda launched the book during the Jokkmokk Market in Jokkmokk, Sweden on February 3rd.

  • Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter has chosen The Spy with No Country as one of their five favorites from last week. Renowned critic Lotta Olsson writes:

    “Espionage, poisoning, and high-level politics in a story that comes frighteningly close to the current international reality.”


    The Eastern threat is on the rise, networks of sleeping spies are awakened, new frontiers of terror deliver harrowing outcomes, and greed will change individual lives forever. 

    Camilla Grebe and Paul Leander-Engström’s The Spy with No Country is a chillingly current thriller that digs deep into moral questions of guilt and atonement in a globalized world where power and allegiances are constantly shifting. 

  • The first international edition of Geir Tangen’s thrilling debut Maestro has just been published in Estonia by Varrak.

    Since then, Maestro has been featured on several bestseller lists in Estonia, and it’s currently #3 on book store Rahva Raamat’s crime list.


  • Camilla Grebe has just received this rave review for The Ice Beneath Her from Bookpage:

    “When a new Scandinavian mystery hits the stands, you pretty much know it’s going to be good, and Swedish author Camil­la Grebe’s The Ice Beneath Her, translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel, does not let the team down. All the tried- and-true adjectives apply here: gripping, atmospheric, nuanced and, of course, graphically violent. […] Through it all, the true killer remains as elusive as smoke on a breezy day, and when the twist comes, it’s one that even jaded Nordic noir fans likely won’t see coming.”

    The Ice Beneath Her was published in the US on December 27th.

  • Ahead of the US publication in February, The White City by Karolina Ramqvist continues to garner fantastic pre-publication reviews. Here are excerpts from the most recent ones, from Shelf Awareness and Booklist:

    The White City is rich in language and ambience. Moody, mysterious, maternal and magnetic […] it is a haunting novel of a woman adrift yet firmly attached to romantic memories of her lover and the simple needs of her daughter […] Like a Madonna of the tundra, Karin is a resilient and irresistible protagonist, and Ramqvist is a serious contender for the Swedish literary limelight.”
    Shelf Awareness

    “The ghostly Scandinavian setting and Karin’s closely narrated sense of impending doom, baby cooing patiently at her hip, make Swedish star Ramqvist’s English-language debut an atmospheric and suspenseful read.”

  • In the first week of publication, Samuel Bjørk’s bestselling crime novel I’m Traveling Alone soared straight to #3 on The Sunday Times‘ Bestseller list in the UK, where the paperback edition was published on December 29th.

  • Bertil Marklund’s book 10 Tips: The No Frills Guide to Living 10 Years Longer is off to a great start in Denmark.

    Lindhardt & Ringhof published the Danish edition on December 27th 2016 and it immediately entered Bog & Ide‘s nonfiction bestseller list at #6.


  • Samuel Bjørk’s global bestseller I’m Traveling Alone has been chosen as one of the spring titles of 2017 for WH Smith’s popular Richard & Judy Book Club. The paperback edition of I’m Traveling Alone was published in the UK by Transworld on December 29th, and Richard and Judy both praise the book in a fantastic way:

    “This high-octane, super-tense account of a race against time to nail a psychotic serial killer was written in Norwegian and something of the cool Nordic atmosphere rises off the pages like a frozen mist. […] [Samuel Bjørk] writes with a crisp, swinging rhythm that not only translates well but has its own distinctive tone, especially in the dialogue between characters – short, snappy sentences; pithy exchanges. Delightfully easy yet stimulating to read. I loved it.”

    “I couldn’t stop turning the pages of this cold gallop of a story and I loved the working relationship between the two police protagonists. The conclusion does not disappoint and I can’t wait to read Bjork’s next novel – just as long as it’s about Mia and Holger. It’s a double act with a big future.”

    Read more here.

  • Camilla Grebe’s critically praised psychological thriller The Ice Beneath Her has just been published in the US by Ballantine. In the lead-up to publication, the book received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly:

    “The decapitation of a young woman propels Grebe’s exceptional solo debut, which examines three lives broken by failures to take responsibility in a Stockholm where even the sky is crying’.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “Veteran coauthor Grebe takes her first solo turn in this tale of three troubled souls linked by a horrific crime—and what a turn it is. […] Each of these stories—Peter’s, Hanne’s, and Emma’s—is compelling enough to fuel an entire novel; Grebe’s skill in weaving them together is impressive. A tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.

  • Karolina Ramqvist’s powerful essay Det är natten is one of the best books of 2016 according to the critics of Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter:

    When Karolina Ramqvist takes on the matter of what it really means to be an author’ the result is a rich and radical essay about words and life. An eye-opening text to devour in one sitting.

  • The US edition of Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand will be published by Other Press on March 7th 2017 and this rave pre-publication review has just come in from Kirkus:

    “Sharp social commentary through the tragic story of a young woman’s trial for mass murder. Swedish novelist Giolito begins her English-language debut with a powerful view of a crime scene. To the narrator, 18-year-old Maja, her fellow classmates are still in the present tense, the horror not yet real. As she tells her tale we understand that she is at the center of a school shooting perpetrated by her boyfriend, Sebastian Fagerman, and the question is whether she is complicit. Both teenagers come from privileged backgrounds, she from a loving home she has no patience for, and he the son of “the richest man in Sweden,” who verbally abuses him. Giolito keeps the narrative moving quickly, alternating between the present tense of Maja’s jail cell and the courtroom and her memories of parties and travels with her jet-setting boyfriend, though as Maja says,’there are no chapters in this mess.’ That mess takes in the uneasy place of race in modern-day Sweden and the voracious press that amplifies the details of everything in Maja’s young life. There is no suspense in the shooting of Amanda, Maja’s best friend, or of Sebastian. She did it and admits to it. The literary anticipation here is in the telling of the tale, the facts that turn the story to something else, and yes, the verdict. The rhythm, tone, and language are just right, due in great part to the fine translation by Willson-Broyles. Giolito gives us the unsettling monologue of a teenage girl as she works her way through her role in murder. It is a splendid work of fiction.”

  • Dorthe Nors’ critically acclaimed novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has yet again been named one of the best novels of 2016, this time by Swedish daily newspaper ETC:

    Daintily absurd and laconic novel about being middle aged and trying to learn how to drive, while life seems to have driven away from you. With perfect pitch and atoning humor, Danish writer Dorthe Nors captures the state of being between the quotidien lull and the vast depths of existence.

    The Swedish edition was published as Blicken, pilen, filen by Ordfront in October.

  • Renowned Danish newspaper Berlingske has named Dorthe Nors’ stunning novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal one of the best Danish books of 2016. Here’s how Søren Kassebeer at Berlingske motivates his choice:

    “Here is an author who is able to combine sublime psychological insight, fine, refined and at times slightly desperate humor with a superior handle of language. Dorthe Nors is simply one of our finest literary writers, and her novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal about Sonja from western Jutland and her life in Copenhagen and her efforts to find her way through everything, both in her private life and on the road, is both formidably entertaining as well as moving and enriching.”

  • The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe has been chosen for Amazon’s list of rising stars from 2016. Every year, compiles a collection of the most promising debuts of the year. Have a look at the full list here.

  • Quicksand  by Malin Persson Giolito and Through Fire and Water by Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff, have both been longlisted for Sweden’s official audiobook prize: The Grand Audiobook Prize, in the category for Best Suspense Audiobook.

    Åsa Larsson, Ingela Korsell and Henrik Jonsson are on the longlist in the Children’s category for the second consecutive year. This time for the seventh book in the PAX Series: The Pesta.

    Readers can vote for their favorite book until December 11th. A jury will then choose the winner from the five books with the most votes in each category. The winner will be announced at a gala event in March 2017.

  • Dorthe Nors‘ novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has just entered Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter‘s critics list at #10.

    Published in Swedish by Ordfront in September 2016, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has, just as in Nors‘ native Denmark, been unanimously praised by the critics. Maria Schottenius at Dagens Nyheter called it “truly excellent and original.”

  • Here’s a new rave pre-publication review for Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand, which will be published in the US come March 2017:

    Giolito’s astonishing English-language debut is a dark exploration of the crumbling European social order and the psyche of rich Swedish teens. […] In crafting a first-person narrative told by a school shooter, many authors would go too far, creating and overly likable character; Giolito masterfully walks this fine line, developing a protagonist whom readers will remain intrigued by and ambivalent about, but who they won’t necessarily like. Giolito’s past as a lawyer and as a European Union official poke through the pages as she exposes the curing racism that refugees in Europe endure, even in supposed left-wing-idyll Sweden. Praise must also go to translator Willson-Broyles, as the incisive language that’s on display here surely involves translation precision that’s second to none.”
    Booklist, starred review

  • Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand has won the title of Best Crime Novel of the Year, the country’s official suspense literature award, which is given by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy every year. The jury’s motivation reads as follows:

    A psychological courtroom drama, originally told in a sharp and playful style.

  • Influential literary newsletter Shelf Awareness has chosen Malin Persson Giolito’s extraordinary novel Quicksand as the focus for their latest Maximum Bookshelf feature. The piece features a wonderful interview with Malin, and the book is given an extraordinary rave review:

    “Expert dialogue and irresistible momentum make an all-too-realistic story come breathing off the page. It’s a novel that demands compassion, and an appreciation for the fine gradations of situations that tend to be treated as black and white. Part courtroom thriller, part introspection, Quicksand is pulled tight throughout by the suspense, not only of Maja’s verdict, but of the elusive ‘truth’ of what really happened in the classroom that day.”

    The US edition of Quicksand will be published by Other Press on March 7th, 2017.

  • Joakim Zander’s celebrated second novel The Believer will be published in the US on January 17th, 2017. The book has just gotten this starred pre-publication review from Booklist:

    “Zander has written another compelling, timely, and character-centered thriller, and many readers will look forward to what he does next.”


  • Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand is one of five novels that have been shortlisted for the award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. The winner will be announced by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy on November 20th.

  • Karolina Ramqvist has just received this rave pre-publication review from Kirkus:

    “Though the plot of Ramqvist’s English debut may make it sound like a crime thriller, the pace is lulling, the writing sensuous and patiently observed. So much of the book, in fact, consists of long scenes of Karin nursing Dream or spending hours watching the infant play that the book feels, more than any thriller, like an allegory of parenting. […] as Karin, quite literally, works to keep Dream alive against a backdrop of violence and deception, readers root for both characters to find their way. Delicate and unsparing.”

    The US edition of The White City will be published by Grove Atlantic on February 7th 2017.

  • In the lead-up to the US publication of Joakim Zander’s novel The Believer, this fantastic pre-publication review from Kirkus has just come in:  

    “Zander’s latest page-turning political thriller weaves three interconnected stories into a hypertopical tale of international intrigue. […] Zander’s twisting, high-octane plot could not be more timely, but it’s the characters, all three of them, that bring this vivid novel to life. Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best.”

    Here’s also a new, rave review from the UK:

    The Brother by Joakim Zander is a prime slice of Nordic noir. Zander is part of the influx of new blood into the genre, and this second novel is both forceful and subtle. […] What we have here are two crucial ingredients of Scandicrime: powerfully orchestrated tension set against a strong dose of social commentary.”
    The Independent

  • Dorthe Nors’ latest novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has just been published in Sweden by Ordfront to fantastic critical praise. Here are a few excerpts:

    “A slender novel bursting with substance and sharp turns. What’s beautiful about it is that you haven’t got a clue of where you’re going, and yet you’re wholly enjoying the ride.”

    “An exquisite little novel, that feels bigger than most and that makes my heart beat.”

    Ninni Holmqvist has exquisitely translated Dorthe Nors’ funny and beautiful novel about alienation and finding a home within yourself. It’s so easy to both recognize yourself and to feel for Sonja’s struggle that I, both during and after reading, tear up from giggling as well as from the solemn sensation of how peculiar life actually is. Or how singular this novel is and how rich I feel from having read it.”

    “Dorthe Nors writes sparsely yet at the same time poignantly and hilariously, finds the words that captures the details, the situations, the relationships sometimes with a dizzying twist, sometimes with a social-realistic accuracy of aim.”

  • This week, Samuel Bjørk’s novel The Owl has climbed to #4 on Der Spiegel‘s Bestseller List in Germany. The book was published by Goldmann at the beginning of last week.

  • Karolina Ramqvist’s essay Det är natten (It’s the Night) is currently enjoying its third consecutive week as #1 on Dagens Nyheter‘s critics list.

    Since Norstedts published It’s the Night in a beautiful special edition a few weeks ago, the essay has been praised by the Swedish critics. Here’s what Borås Tidning had to say:

    “Karolina Ramqvist’s new book It’s the Night is a perfect little text about writing and about being a writer. Penetrating and sincere. Pretentious and funny at the same time. It’s an unusual combination. […] Karolina Ramqvist draws support from texts from some of the best writers in the world: Marguerite Duras, Margaret Atwood, Bodil Malmsten and Virginia Woolf. Sometimes I think Ramqvist’s text could actually have been written by Duras, that’s how simply perfect it is.”

  • The second instalment in the Mia & Munch Series, The Owl, was published in Germany by Goldmann on October 17th. A mere three days later, the book entered Der Spiegel‘s Bestseller List at #13.

  • The Pesta was published less than two weeks ago, and last week this seventh installment in the celebrated PAX series climbed to the very top of Adlibris Bookstore’s bestseller list, beating none other than Harry Potter (!!!).

  • Åsa Avdic’s page-turner Isola continues to garner praise. Here’s a fantastic new review from  Sydsvenskan:

    Isola is a well-constructed paranoid thriller […] Full of unexpected twists and turns, power games, and realizations that no one is to be trusted. With a prose so effective that it’s capable of evoking the concrete gray atmosphere of totalitarism, Avdic stays on point from beginning to end. This is exceedingly skillful  craftsmanship. […] The pages rush past – I can’t seem to be able to put the book down.”

    So far, Isola has been sold to six territories:

    France, Actes Sud
    Germany, HarperCollins
    Poland, Sonia Draga
    Romania, RAO
    Russia, Corpus
    Sweden, Natur & Kultur


    The seventh book in the bestselling PAX Series is here.

    Christmas has come to Mariefred and with it the joy of the holiday season. But things aren’t so merry in town. Fear has spread after all the strange things that have been happening and the streets are lined with broken street lights and barbed wire. Panic takes hold when several residents fall ill with a mysterious disease..

    Here’s an excerpt from a great, first review from BTJ:

    “The suspense, the fluid style, and Jonsson’s super scary black and white illustrations will attract even the most reluctant readers.

  • Samuel Bjørk and The Owl wins the Hebban Award 2016 in the category ‘Best Thriller of the Year’.

    Hebban is the Dutch equivalent of Goodreads, a huge online community where readers all over the Netherlands connect to discuss and review books. The members have voted on all the thrillers that has came out during this past year, and they chose The Owl (Der Doodsvogel) as the best – in competition with authors such as Karin Slaughter, Nicci French and David Lagercrantz.

  • Christoffer Carlsson’s critically acclaimed YA-novel October is the Coldest Month has been named Best Crime Novel of the Year for Young Readers by The Swedish Crime Writers Academy. The jury’s motivation is as follows: 

    A suspenseful and psychologically astute portrayal of young people coming of age.

    Christoffer was presented with the award at a ceremony during the Gothenburg Book Fair this past weekend.


    The crown prince of Swedish Noir, bestselling crime writer Christoffer Carlsson, explodes into new territory with his first YA-novel. Reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell’s novel Winter’s BoneOctober is the Coldest Month is a suspenseful crime novel for young readers from a master storyteller. But it is also a powerful story of a teenage girl’s awakening – sexual, emotional, and intellectual. 

    October is the Coldest Month has been nominated for Best Crime Novel of the Year for Young Readers by the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy. The winner will be announced later this week at the Gothenburg Book Fair.

  • Dorthe Nors’ novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal has just been published in Germany by Kein & Aber. Here’s an excerpt from a first, great review from Ostthüringer Zeitung:

    Nors tells the story of Sonja urgently and precisely […] An extraordinary tale, urging you to take your destiny into your own hands.”


  • Camilla Grebe’s psychological thriller The Ice Beneath Her gets rave reviews in the UK, after its September 8th publication.

    Daily Mail‘s critic calls the book Scandi-noir at its powerful bleakest.”

    Frost Magazine says The Ice Beneath Her is “A must read book about obsession, betrayal and of course, love.”



    An isolated island, six unruly candidates for the same secret job, a harrowing psychological stress test, and one unstable woman’s staged murder. Welcome to Isola.

    We are proud to present the season’s most nail-biting thriller by debut author Åsa Avdic.


  • For the second week running, Malin Persson Giolito’s Quicksand is at #7 on DN Kultur’s renowned critics list.

  • Joakim Zander’s The Believer and The Swimmer have now spent 10 weeks in a row on Der Spiegel‘s bestseller lists. The Believer is currently at #14 and The Swimmer at #20.

  • The Korean edition of Samuel Bjørk’s I’m Traveling Alone was published by Taurus Books at the end of August.

  • The film rights to Camilla Grebe’s The Ice Beneath Her have been optioned for a US production. New Line Cinema has acquired the rights with Andrew Lazar producing (American SniperConfessions of a Dangerous Mind).

    The deal has just been announced by Deadline.