Category Archives: Swedish crime fiction

Meet Stefan Ahnhem (Profile)

Stefan Ahnhem. Photo:
Thron Ullberg

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

Stefan Ahnhem is one of the most successful new voices to appear on the Scandinavian crime fiction scene in recent years. Tony Parsons has said of Ahnhem’s novels that they are “Blacker than Stieg Larsson and more bleakly human than Henning Mankell.”

A screenwriter with over two decades of experience, writing scripts for some of Sweden’s most famous crime series such as Wallander and Irene Huss, Ahnhem has since his debut in 2014 with Victim Without a Face (translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles and published by Head of Zeus in 2015) built an authorship where the suspense and atmosphere of Nordic Noir is combined with the cinematic qualities of screenwriting. Victim without a Face was Sweden’s bestselling debut of 2014, and it won the Crimetime Specsavers Award. So far, Ahnhem’s books are published in 20 countries.

Victim Without a Face (Fabian Risk #1)

Criminal Investigator Fabian Risk has left Stockholm with his wife, Sonja, and their two children to start fresh in his hometown of Helsingborg. He has planned a six-week vacation before he starts a new job at the Homicide Department. But after only a few hours in their new home, he is asked to investigate a brutal murder. The body of Jörgen Pålsson, one of Risk’s former classmates, has been found with both hands missing. Soon the bodies of more old classmates are found, and Risk finds himself in a race against time: Can they find the murderer before the entire class is killed?

To date three novels have been published in the internationally bestselling and award-winning Fabian Risk series. Stefan Ahnhem won Germany’s coveted MIMI award with the second book in the series, The Ninth Grave (translated by Paul Norlen and published by Head of Zeus in 2016). The Ninth Grave is a chilling thriller set six months before the events in Victim Without a Face. It is the second stand-alone novel about detective Fabian Risk.

The Ninth Grave (Fabian Risk #2)

Would you kill for the one you love? On the coldest day of the year, the Swedish Minister of Justice disappears without a trace from the short walk between the house of Parliament and his car. That same night, a Danish celebrity finds a stranger lurking in her snow-bound home north of Copenhagen. Her body is discovered not long after. Soon more dead turn up, all missing different body parts. As Criminal Investigator Fabian Risk and Danish counterpart Dunja Hougaard race to put the pieces together, they are dragged into a conspiracy worse than anyone could imagine.

Fans of Nordic Noir TV series will be pleased to learn that Nordisk Film, the leading Nordic entertainment company, has bought the rights to the first four books in the Fabian Risk series.

Join fellow Nordic Noir fans for a conversation with Stefan Ahnhem, Lone Theils and Jørn Lier Horst about their crime novels and Nordic Noir 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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Tickets on sale for Nordic Noir Book Club event featuring Jorn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Ahnhem

Join us for an all-Scandinavian evening of thrilling bestselling crime fiction with Jorn Lier Horst (Norway), Lone Theils (Denmark) and Stefan Ahnhem (Sweden). Prepare for battle, as the authors and audience engage in the historic sibling rivalry of the Scandinavian countries to decide, once and for all, which of the Scandinavian countries is more “Nordic Noir”.

When: Monday 22 May 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Event starts at 7:00pm, but if you arrive at 6:00 food is available to order, as there is a delivery service to the table at Juju’s from Poppies Fish and Chips across the road)

Where: JuJu’s Bar and Stage at the Old Truman Brewery. Access is from Ely’s Yard, Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR.

Tickets: Tickets are available from Eventbrite at £5. Please purchase your tickets here.

Jorn Lier Horst will present his latest novel When It Grows Dark (Sandstone Press), a prequel to his now 10-volume William Wisting series.

Lone Theils will present her debut novel about the journalist Nora Sand, Fatal Crossing (Arcadia) – a true Scandinavian crime novel, which takes place mostly in the UK.

Stefan Ahnhem will present the second instalment in his Fabian Risk series, The Ninth Grave (Head of Zeus).

The event will also feature the launch of the founder of the Nordic Noir Book Club, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen’s book Scandinavian Crime Fiction (Bloomsbury).

Books will be available for purchase from Newham Books and for signing at the event.

Please check back on the blog for more information about the event, the authors and their books; and please contact Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) if you have questions about the event.

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Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Ahnhem @ Nordic Noir Book Club Event in London, May 22nd

The Nordic Noir Book Club in London is excited and proud to give advance notice of an upcoming event in London featuring prominent crime writers from Norway, Denmark and Sweden: Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Ahnhem.

Jørn Lier Horst’s latest crime novel (in the William Wisting series) “When it grows dark” (translated by Anne Bruce) is out today from Sandstone Press.

Lone Theil’s bestselling debut novel “Fatal Crossing” (translated by Charlotte Barslund) will be out in April from Arcadia Books.

Stefan Ahnhem’s second novel in the Fabian Risk series, “The Ninth Grave” (translated by Paul Norlen) was out earlier this year from Head of Zeus.

Start reading and return to these pages for more on the authors and their novels. The event will take place in the evening of the 22nd of May at JuJu’s (The Truman Brewery). So, reserve the date in your calendars. Tickets will go “on sale” in a couple of weeks, and will be announced on the Nordic Noir Book Club blog.

We are looking forward to seeing new and old Scandinavian crime fiction fans in London in May. Please contact Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) if you have questions about the event.

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Nordic crime readers’ choice: what’s your favourite? (14 June)

The Nordic Noir Book Club is delighted to announce the next event in the series, which will take place on 14 June, 6pm – 8pm, at the Horse Hospital (Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD). Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/6g7wdn5, the cost is £5.

This event hopes to offer inspiration for your favourite Nordic crime novels to read over the summer.  Nordic Noir members, bloggers and new readers are all welcome to join us for some wine and snacks during an evening of sharing, discussion, crime quizzes, and much more. Please bring along your favourite Nordic crime novel, and think about how you want to persuade others to read it! We look forward to seeing you on 14 June! Send inquiries to nordic-noir@ucl.ac.uk.

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Alvtegen and Nesser in London on June 19

On Sunday 19 June I will be chairing a discussion with Swedish crime writers Karin Alvtegen and Håkan Nesser at the London Review of Books’ World Literature Weekend. Judging from Nesser’s appearance in our first Book Club meeting in February, this promises to be a most fascinating and entertaining look into the fictional world of Nordic crime. The event is entitled Crime Fiction: Reading Scars, and this is the description form the LRB website:

Detection is the process of reconstructing events from the traces they have left – a body or a weapon is found, or a trace of blood, or even a speck of dust under a fingernail. From such evidence, a crime is unearthed. Behind crime fiction’s gripping narratives, there often lies a more incisive portrayal of a society than can be found in more obvious commentaries; and it offers a way to confront ideas of good and evil in a shades-of-grey world, where simple moral certainties aren’t so easy to find. Karin Alvtegen’s psychological crime thrillers include Missing, which in 2001 won the Glass Key, the premier Nordic crime writing award, and Shadow and Betrayal. Håkan Nesser is also a Glass Key winner; his latest book to be translated into English is The Inspector and Silence, starring his detective Van Veeteren, now retired and thinking of becoming a bookseller – until a young girl goes missing from a nearby religious summer school…

Book tickets now – it would be great to see some Book Club members at the British Museum in London.

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Podcasts from Previous Events

I have now posted podcasts from the first meetings in the Nordic Noir Book Club on the website and this blog (see the pages “Shadows in the Snow” and “Secrets of the Ash” at the top of the blog page). We have recorded the talks and following discussions with Håkan Nesser, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Francis Hopkinson and Richard Wall, and hope many more than the fortunate book club members who could make it to London will now be able to enjoy the wonderful talks we have had so far. Please leave comments on the events and podcast on the relevant pages.

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Who will be the next internationally succesful Scandinavian Crime Writer?

I have been asked by the LIV Magazine if I could pick three Scandinavian crime authors – one to watch and maybe a couple who are more established. They would then write about them to all the Volvo customers out there. I immediately thought this would be a perfect question for all the dedicated crime specialist out there on the blogosphere and our Nordic Noir enthusiasts. Something tells me we are not going to agree on this issue:-)

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