In collaboration with the Danish Embassy in London, the Nordic Noir Book Club will host a launch event of new Danish crime fiction in the UK. We are proud to present Jussi Adler-Olsen and Sissel-Jo Gazan in conversation with Barry Forshaw at the Danish Embassy in London on May 11, 2011. This is a book club members only event, and invitations have been sent out. We are looking forward to
learning more about these new crime writers that will surely be widely popular with the British audience.
Jussi Adler-Olsen: An exceptionally varied life has created an exceptionally varied author. Political studies, an education in cinematography, as well as growing up as the son of a psychiatric doctor have given Jussi Adler-Olsen the insight to write on subjects as different as extreme mental illness and international conspiracies. He began his writing career with the international thrillers Alfabethuset (The Alphabet House), Og hun takkede guderne (The Company Basher) and Washington Dekretet (The Washington Decree), after which he set his sights on Denmark, where his first two crime thrillers in the series about Department Q – Kvinden i buret (The Woman in the Cage) and Fasandræberne (The Pheasant Killers) – made him a renowned author both in Denmark and abroad (from the author’s website). Jussi Adler Olsen’s first crime novel in the Department Q series, Mercy, is to be released on the English speaking market in May 2011 (visit the Penguin’s website for more).
About Mercy: At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck’s been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she’s dead. Everyone says it’s a waste of time. He thinks they’re right. The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner’s torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: WHY is this happening?
Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of Copenhagen. Her major public break-through came with The Dinosaur Feather in 2008, with which she stepped into the realm of crime and suspense. By incorporating science with murder, and recognizing the secrets and drama of every man’s life, Sissel-Jo Gazan has found a unique style that makes her stand out in the Scandinavian crime writing scene (visit the author’s website).
About The Dinosaur Feather: Biology student Anna is two weeks away from defending her thesis on the origin of birds when her supervisor Lars Helland is found dead in his office, his severed tongue lying on Anna´s thesis. The police begin to unravel what appears to be a multitude of intrigues at the Copenhagen University´s Biology Department. But when Anna´s classmate and close friend is killed, the murders seem not only to be linked to the university but also to Anna´s own past.