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“Probably the best Scandinavian crime writing event” in London on 22. May.

scancrimefiction-frontpageThere are still tickets – and only one week to go! – for this exciting event featuring spine-tingling, entertaining and thought-provoking new crime novels from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Join in to celebrate the launch of Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen’s study Scandinavian Crime Fiction, and meet the authors Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Ahnhem. Famous and bestselling writers in their homelands and across Scandinavia, they will introduce English readers to new and “old” kinds of Nordic detectives and share stories about their recent contributions to the continued renewal of Nordic Noir.

Join us on Monday 22. May (2017) at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) at JuJu’s Bar and Stage (15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR).

Tickets sell for £5 at Eventbritehttps://goo.gl/adHwiA

The featured authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. There will also be the opportunity to view and buy new Scandinavian literature from the Norvik Press stall.

For more information visit the event page at https://goo.gl/mX2qLZ

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Meet Stefan Ahnhem (Profile)

Stefan Ahnhem. Photo:
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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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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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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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Scandinavian Crime Fiction – The Book

scancrimefiction-frontpageMy book, Scandinavian Crime Fiction, has now been published by Bloomsbury. On the Nordic Noir Book Club blog, you can find information about the book, learn about how the book came into being, read reviews and, not least, find out how to purchase a copy with a Book Club discount.

Click here to visit the Book page on the NNBC Blog

In other news, the Book Club is working on a new London event scheduled for late May featuring crime writers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Follow us on Facebook and on the blog to receive further news about the event and early access to tickets.

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Danish bestseller Thomas Rydhal’s The Hermit – at London’s Free Word Centre, 10 October.

Thomas Rydhal discusses his debut crime novel The Hermit. An instant bestseller in Denmark and winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel.rydahl

Mon 10 Oct 2016; 6:45pm – 9:00pm @ Free Word Centre

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Thomas Rydhal’s extraordinary debut crime novel The Hermit was an instant bestseller in Denmark and stayed in the top ten for 30 weeks. Winner of the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish crime novel and the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. It has been translated into 30 languages.

Thomas discusses the themes of the book with Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL. K. E. Semmel, translator of the English edition, will contribute on video describing the particular challenges of Danish-English translation and how the story was adapted from one cultural context into another.

This event is part of Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World, a monthly event series at Free Word. Join us on the second Monday of each month to celebrate the best fiction in translation.

About The Hermit

The Hermit is set in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where its unlikely hero, a 67 year old ex-pat Danish taxi driver, is caught up in a dangerous web of corruption and murder.

A car is found crashed on a beach of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the lifeless body of a small boy wrapped in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing Fuerteventura needs is a murder. The ailing resort already has half-empty bars, there are plans for a new casino, and the local police are under pressure to close the case. But long-time islander and loner Erhard, a taxi driver who sees more than most people, won’t let the investigation drop – and he has nothing to lose. The question is: can a 67-yearold man, who knows nothing about mobile phones or the internet, possibly solve a complex murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? This bold, unsettling literary thriller introduces a strikingly original new talent to crime fans.

About Thomas Rydhal

Thomas Rydahl was born in Aarhus in 1974. He studied philosophy and psychology and graduated from the Danish Writing Academy in 1999. He has translated Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers into Danish. The Hermit, his first novel, is the only debut to have won the Glass Key Award – previous recipients include Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø. He lives in Fredensborg, Denmark.

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