Meet Lone Theils (Profile)

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Lone Theils

Meet the Danish London Correspondent who turned to crime writing when the Nordic Noir Book Club gets together on 22. May 2017. All Welcome.

Lone Theil’s debut novel Fatal Crossing featuring Nora Sand, a no-nonsense kick-boxing half Danish-half British correspondent, is out today in the UK in Charlotte Barslund’s excellent translation, published by Arcadia Books.

Fatal Crossing is all we have come to expect of Nordic Noir, and more: a strong female lead, socially engaged and a strong sense place – however, the setting is not the snow-covered, melancholic Scandinavia we have come to expect. Set in the UK, drawing on the author’s love for her “second home” (Lone has lived in London for 16 years), it is sure to attract British fans of the genre, as it did its Danish readers, when the book came out in 2015. The novel spent a considerable amount of time on the Danish bestseller lists and has been sold to 16 countries for translation, among them the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and Japan.

Based on a true story (and the author)

The no-nonsense kickboxing former correspondent, Lone Theils, has been working as a journalist for almost 20 years, the majority of that in London, writing, doing television and radio. She has covered conflicts in Kosovo and Northern Ireland and also contributed to two guide books on London and Dublin. There is a great deal of Lone Theils in Nora Sand. Apart from kickboxing and journalism, they share a love for Nina Simone.

Fatal Crossing was inspired by a true story, where some pictures of unknown girls, taken at Copenhagen’s Central Station, mysteriously appeared in the hands of an American serial killer. In Theil’s novel, the picture of two Danish girls, who disappeared on a boat bound for England (the fatal crossing of the title) in 1985, emerges many years later in an old suitcase from a British second-hand dealer, and Nora Sand’s professional curiosity is immediately awakened. But before she knows it, she is mixed up in the case of a serial killer who is serving a life sentence in a notorious British prison and the quest to discover the truth about the missing girls will be more dangerous than she had ever imagined.

Read reviews of Fatal Crossing at Booklover Book Reviews and Reading, Writing and Riesling. There is also a nice interview with Lone at Love Books Group.

Join fellow Nordic Noir fans for a conversation with Lone Theils, Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem about their crime novels, Nordic Noir and True Crime at the next Book Club event on 22. May 2017 (see details and how to book your ticket above, all are welcome).

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3 Comments

Filed under Danish crime fiction, London events, Scandinavian crime fiction

3 responses to “Meet Lone Theils (Profile)

  1. The link to my review is very much appreciated. I cannot wait to read the next in this series, The Blue Poet’s Wife.

  2. Lone is another of my favourite Danes (along with the author of Scandinavian Crime Fiction, the urbane Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen).

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