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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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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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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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The Glass Key 2014 goes to…

Gard Sveen with Jørn Lier Horst

Gard Sveen with Jørn Lier Horst

The Scandinavian Crime Foundation (SKS) has the pleasure of announcing that their great award, The Glass Key 2014, will be awarded to the Norwegian author, Gard Sveen, for his novel ”Den siste pilegrimen” (The Last Pilgrimage).

This is his debut novel, and is thus the first in a planned series about the investigative detective, Tommy Bergmann, who is trying to piece together a connection between a murder during the summer of 2003 and a skeletal finding from World War II.

Not only has he won the Glass Key as a debutante author – he also won the Riverton Award. This is the first debutante who is awarded with both awards since Jo Nesbø in 1998.

Gard Sveen (1969-) is the senior adviser in the Norwegian Department of Defense.

The other nominees for this year’s Glass Key was:
Simon Pasternak (Denmark)
Reijo Mäki: Sherrifi (Finland)
Christoffer Carlsson: (Sweden)
(Iceland did not have a candidate this year)

This year, at the crime festival, Krimimessen, the three candidates from Norway, Sweden and Denmark were introduced to the enthusiastic readers, along with last year’s winner, Jørn Lier Horst.

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Danish Book Launch: Murder in the Dark and Conversation with the Translator – video

In partnership with Norvik Press, the Nordic Noir book club held a reception at University College London on 4th November 2013 to celebrate the publication of Dan Turèll’s Murder in the Dark. The book’s translator Mark Mussari took part in an interactive Q&A during the event, live via video link from the USA. You can watch the full video below (27 minutes).

The video Q&A was hosted by UCL’s new PhD student in Danish-English Translation Studies, Ellen Kythor, and the launch was made possible with support from the university’s School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

You can purchase Murder in the Dark now via the Norvik Press website.

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Danish Book Launch: Murder in the Dark and Conversation with the Translator

In partnership with Norvik Press, the next Nordic Noir book club event will be a reception to celebrate the publication of Dan Turèll’s Murder in the Dark, translated by Mark Mussari. turellcover

Murder in the Dark is the first in Danish author Turèll’s ‘Murder’ series. The scruffy, unconventional anti-hero narrator is a journalist with a warm wit, who drinks to excess, is desperate to be loved, yet revels in being an outsider – the author strongly denied he was based on himself, though the parallels are striking! The series takes place in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, depicted as a grotty crime-ridden underworld full of brothels, dodgy bars, and drug dens. The book opens with a mysterious 3.30am phone call from a strange voice telling the narrator to come – now – to an address on Saxogade. When he wakes again at a more reasonable hour, the narrator contacts the police:

I had to say my name twice – and give them my social security number once – before they took me seriously.

And that they certainly did. In authoritative tone, the voice in Cafe Freden’s payphone asked me to appear at Police Inspector Ehlers’ office in Halmtorvet as soon as possible.

I told them I would be there in fifteen minutes.

I spent twelve of those minutes on two bitters and two cups of even more scalding hot coffee. I spent the final three minutes walking the twenty meters to the police station at Halmtorvet, as slowly as possible. I’ve always hated spending my free time in police stations.

Translator Mark Mussari will be taking part in an interactive Q&A via video link for the event, so we would like to get some questions from book club members about his experience translating this classic crime novel. You can suggest questions in a number of ways: post a comment here, tweet @nordicnoir, or comment on our Facebook page.

The launch takes place on Monday 4th November 2013 at University College London. The event is free, but please RSVP by 5pm on Wednesday 30th October to Ellen Kythor at norvikevents@gmail.com.

If you can’t make it, the translator’s Q&A will be available on YouTube soon after – watch this space for details!

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Crime, Myth, Cooking – The Scandis are coming to London

Yet another opportunity to join discussions about what Scanidnavia is and means, and why Nordic Noir has received so much attention in Britain over the recent years. Nordic Noir’s very own ‘honorary crime expert’ Barry Forshaw will be there – and the organisers at Voice have put together a fun programme that goes well beyond the noir to include Nordic Mythology and cooking.

We have Snorri Kristjansson, the Icelandic author of Norse Mythology Epic Swords of Good Men, Signe Johansen the Norwegian author of cookbook and lifestyle guide Scandilicious, and Barry Forshaw, Scandinavian Crime Fiction commentator and writer coming to VOICE on the 20th August to discuss Scandinavian culture and writing, and to ask what it is about Scandinavia that captures our imaginations. Is it the forbidding landscape and bleak weather, or the warriors colder than the Baltic sea? Perhaps it’s the inhumanly calculating criminals or the hard bitten, self sufficient detectives? Maybe what we really love is the simplicity of Scandinavian food and lifestyle and the independence of its outlook, the juxtaposition of violence and crime with one of the safest, most civilized groups of countries in the world? Maybe we just like reading about countries colder than our own? We want to try and find out – but just in case the discussion gets too earnest and worthy, writers Stu Heritage and Robyn Wilder of Luv and Hat have agreed to return to offer their own view on the theme. As well as the usual well stocked bar, there’ll be bar food for those of you who are peckish. We’ll send round a bar menu soon. Also Tom, inspired by the Scandinavian theme, will be creating his own Scandinavian cocktail for the evening so make sure you don’t miss that. Don your wooly jumper and snow boots and come and join us in the august surroundings of the Broadway House Members club in Fulham Broadway. Listen, learn, meet, drink and decide for yourself.”

Check out the Facebook page for the event and tickets. Hope to see our Nordic Noir friends at this event.

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