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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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