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Chain of Events: A Novel

by Fredrik T. Olsson Little, Brown and Company (November 04, 2014)

THE EXPLOSIVE, APOCALYPTIC FIRST THRILLER BY THE AUTHOR OF Acts of Vanishing. The future of humankind rests in the hands of a disgraced military code-breaker and a journalist--his ex-wife. William Sandberg,...


Scarred: A Novel

Henning Juul #3

by Thomas Enger Atria Books (November 04, 2014)

From the internationally bestselling author of Burned and Pierced comes a dark, thrilling novel that pits a crime reporter against demons from his past—and a killer with a keen taste for revenge.

A brutal killing:...


The Swede

Ernst Grip #1

by Robert Karjel Harper (July 07, 2015)

A Swedish security agent is summoned to interrogate a terror suspect held by the FBI in this sophisticated, fast-paced thriller—but the prisoner isn't the only one with something to hide.

At a remote military...


The Swimmer

Klara Walldéen #1

by Joakim Zander Harper (February 10, 2015)

A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew in this electrifying debut thriller—an international sensation billed as “Homeland meets Stieg Larsson” that heralds the arrival...


The Long Shadow: A Novel

Annika Bengtzon #8

by Liza Marklund Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 15, 2014)

The next thrilling installment in the Annika Bengtzon series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Liza Marklund, who Henning Mankell called “Queen of Scandinavian Crime Fiction.”

The inspiration for...


The Beggar & the Hare: A Novel

by Tuomas Kyrö & David McDuff Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (August 05, 2014)

From a hugely popular, award-winning Finnish author, this entertaining, profound, and satirical tale follows a Romanian beggar living on the streets of Helsinki.

Vatanescu, a young Romanian construction worker,...


A Man Called Ove: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman Atria Books (July 15, 2014)

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!

In this “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned...


The Ice Princess: A Novel

by Camilla Lackberg & Steven T. Murray Free Press (March 29, 2011)

“A top-notch thriller, one of the best of the genre” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) from international crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg tells the story of brutal murders in a small Swedish fishing village,...


Red Wolf: A Novel

Annika Bengtzon #5

by Liza Marklund Atria Books (February 15, 2011)

The inspiration for the hit film series, Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, now available on Netflix.

Beneath a dark winter sky. . .death waits patiently.

A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape...


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

by Jonas Jonasson & Rachel Willson-Broyles Ecco (April 29, 2014)

Jonas Jonasson's picaresque tale of how one person's actions can have far-reaching—even global—consequences, written with the same light-hearted satirical voice as his bestselling debut novel, The 100-Year-Old...


Memory of Water

by Emmi Itaranta Harper Voyager (June 10, 2014)

An amazing, award-winning speculative fiction debut novel by a major new talent, in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water,...


The Devil's Sanctuary

by Marie Hermanson Grand Central Publishing (September 03, 2013)

When Daniel arrives in Himmelstal -- a private Swiss psychiatric facility -- to visit his twin brother Max, he has no idea what's in store for him. He finds himself unquestioningly accepting Max's plea for help...


More Bitter Than Death: A Novel

Siri Bergman #2

by Camilla Grebe, Åsa Träff & Tara F. Chace Simon & Schuster (June 18, 2013)

In the chilling follow-up to Some Kind of Peace, Siri Bergman returns to investigate a brutal murder case centered in the dark world of domestic abuse.

It’s a rainy evening in a Stockholm suburb and five-year-old...


Death of the Demon: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Three

Hanne Wilhelmsen #3

by Anne Holt Scribner (June 18, 2013)

From the Edgar Award finalist, the captivating third book in the series featuring the brilliant and tough police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, who must investigate the grisly murder of an orphanage director....


Summer Death: A Thriller

Malin Fors #2

by Mons Kallentoft Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 04, 2013)

In this atmospheric and unforgettable sequel to Midwinter Blood, the elusive, tough-as-nails Swedish police superintendent Malin Fors returns.

In the acclaimed Malin Fors series, every season is perfect for murder....


Dark Secrets

Sebastian Bergman #1

by Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt Grand Central Publishing (April 23, 2013)

This book was published in the United Kingdom under the title Sebastian Bergman.

It all begins with a call to the police. A sixteen-year-old boy, Roger Eriksson, has gone missing in the town of Västerås. A...


Lifetime: A Novel

Annika Bengtzon #7

by Liza Marklund Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 09, 2013)

When a man is murdered and his son abducted, it looks like his wife is guilty…but Annika Bengtzon sets off for the truth in this thriller by the #1 internationally bestselling author Liza Marklund.

The inspiration...


Silenced: A Novel

Fredrika Bergman #2

by Kristina Ohlsson Atria/Emily Bestler Books (March 05, 2013)

From “one of Sweden’s best” (Los Angeles Times Magazine) comes the third installment in the psychological thriller series featuring the savvy, sharp, and fearless investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman....


Room No. 10

Chief Inspector Erik Winter #7

by Åke Edwardson Simon & Schuster (March 05, 2013)

A YOUNG WOMAN IS DISCOVERED hanged in a room in a decrepit hotel, and Gothenburg’s Chief Inspector Erik Winter must try to figure out what happened. As Winter looks around, he realizes that he was in the same...


The Stonecutter: A Novel

by Camilla Lackberg & Steven T. Murray Free Press (February 05, 2013)

Critics are raving about this deliciously chilling new thriller from Scandanavian crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg.

Named by major media outlets, such as USA TODAY, The New York Times, and The Washington...


Blessed Are Those Who Thirst: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Two

Hanne Wilhelmsen #2

by Anne Holt Scribner (December 18, 2012)

The second book in Edgar-nominated Anne Holt's international bestselling mystery series featuring detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in Blind Goddess.

IT is only the beginning of May but in Oslo a brutal heat...


Self-Control

by Stig Saeterbakken & Seán Kinsella Dalkey Archive Press (November 12, 2012)

The second volume in Stig Sæterbakken's loosely connected "S Trilogy," Self-Control moves from the dark portrait of codependent marriage featured in the acclaimed Siamese to a world of solitary loneliness and...


Pierced: A Novel

Henning Juul #2

by Thomas Enger Atria Books (October 02, 2012)

The acclaimed author of Burned is back with more heart-stopping suspense in a gritty and thrilling sequel that pits Norwegian crime reporter Henning Juul against an international crime ring.

From the internationally...


The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am (Norwegian Literature Series)

by Kjersti A. Skomsvold & Kerri A. Pierce Dalkey Archive Press (October 25, 2011)

The highly acclaimed debut of one of Norway's brightest talents.Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. After a lifetime, her only real accomplishment is her longevity: everyone she...


Children of the Cave

by Virve Sammalkorpi, Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah Peirene Press (February 15, 2019)

1819. Iax Agolasky, a young assistant to a notable French explorer, sets off on a journey to the Russian wilderness.

They soon discover a group of creatures living in a cave: children with animal traits. But...


The Polyglot Lover

by Lina Wolff & Saska Vogel And Other Stories (May 02, 2019)

‘Do you have to stare like that?’ I asked.

‘Think about the actors in porn. They’ve got no problem showing themselves off.’

‘Think about when I broke your nose,’ I replied.

Ellinor is thirty-six....


Trophy

by Steffen Jacobsen & Charlotte Barslund Arcade (July 04, 2017)

For Fans of Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Henning Mankell, a Gripping Nordic Thriller That Was a Bestseller in Denmark

After the death of her industrialist father, Elizabeth Caspersen finds a compromising DVD...


Retribution

by Steffen Jacobsen & Charlotte Barslund Arcade (July 03, 2018)

On a warm Autumn afternoon, Denmark's largest amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, is devastated by a terrorist attack that leaves more than 1,200 dead. No one claims responsibility for the attack, and seven months...


The Sacrament

by Olaf Olafsson Ecco (December 03, 2019)

The haunting, vivid story of a nun whose past returns to her in unexpected ways, all while investigating a mysterious death and a series of harrowing abuse claims

A young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate...


The Wolf and the Watchman

by Niklas Natt och Dag Atria Books (March 05, 2019)

“It’s early to be pegging the year’s best books, but The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag’s stunning debut, is sure to be one of them.” —The Washington Post

“What's better than an ornate...


Slowly We Die

by Emelie Schepp HQ Digital (July 19, 2018)

2017 SWEDISH CRIME WRITER OF THE YEAR

A slip of a scapel…

A patient’s accidental maiming leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession… Now, ten years later, a series of gruesomely senseless murders...


The Chestnut Man

by Soren Sveistrup Harper (September 03, 2019)

A Book of the Month Club selection | An Indie Next Pick | A Kirkus Best Book of the Year | A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT TELEVISION SHOW THE KILLING, THE MOST ANTICIPATED...


The Friend

by Joakim Zander Harper Paperbacks (June 25, 2019)

Joakim Zander delivers another "compelling, timely, and character-centered thriller" (Booklist) in this riveting story of international espionage.

November 2015. Jacob Seger arrives in Lebanon eager to make...


The Waiter

by Matias Faldbakken Gallery/Scout Press (October 09, 2018)

“As if The Remains of the Day had been written by Kingsley Amis, The Waiter is…one of the most purely entertaining novels I’ve read in years. This book is a meal you won’t want to finish.” —J. Ryan...


Scenes from a Childhood

by Jon Fosse & Damion Searls Fitzcarraldo Editions (May 02, 2018)

Scenes from a Childhood is the latest collection of stories by Jon Fosse, one of Norway's most celebrated authors and playwrights, famed for the minimalist and unsettling quality of his writing. In the title...


In Dust and Ashes

by Anne Holt Scribner (May 01, 2018)

The final nail-biting installment in the ten-part, award-winning Hanne Wilhelmsen series—bestselling in Norway and throughout Europe—from Scandinavia’s most celebrated female crime writer, Anne Holt.

Police...


Some Kind of Peace: A Novel

Siri Bergman #1

by Camilla Grebe, Åsa Träff & Paul Norlen Free Press (July 10, 2012)

It seems so idyllic. But something is out of place. In the neatly raked gravel parking area is a dazzlingly clean black Jeep. The paint of the Jeep reflects a clematis with large pure white blossoms climbing...


Companions

by Christina Hesselholdt & Paul Russell Garrett Fitzcarraldo Editions (August 30, 2017)

Camilla, Charles, Alma, Edward, Alwilda and Kristian are a circle of friends hurtling through mid-life. Structured as a series of monologues jumping from one friend to the next, Companions follows their loves,...


Zack: A Thriller

by Mons Kallentoft & Markus Lutteman Atria/Emily Bestler Books (January 23, 2018)

The gripping first thriller in a chilling new series from the reigning master of Scandinavian crime fiction—Mons Kallentoft, author of the acclaimed Malin Fors novels—is an instant international sensation....


The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man

by Jonas Jonasson & Rachel Willson-Broyles William Morrow Paperbacks (January 15, 2019)

The hysterical, clever, and unforgettable sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

He's back. Even older. Even funnier.

It...


Blind Goddess: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book One

Hanne Wilhelmsen #1

by Anne Holt & Tom Geddes Scribner (June 05, 2012)

The first book in Edgar-nominated Anne Holt’s international bestselling mystery series featuring detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in 1222.

A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts...


Midwinter Blood: A Thriller

Malin Fors #1

by Mons Kallentoft Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 05, 2012)

Meet police superintendent Malin Fors: Talented. Troubled. With a sixth sense for the truth. Join her on a manhunt that takes her to the darkest corners of the human heart in this chilling first novel from Scandinavian...


The Looking-Glass Sisters

by Gøhril Gabrielsen & John Irons Peirene Press (September 25, 2015)

A tragic love story about two sisters who cannot live with or without each other.

Far out on the plains of northern Norway stands a house. It belongs to two middle-aged sisters. They seldom venture out and nobody...


The Brahmadells

by Jóanes Nielsen & Kerri A. Pierce Open Letter (October 30, 2017)

An epic family—and national—saga, The Brahmadells spans from the mid-nineteenth century until the 1980s, blending genres and narrative styles to capture not only the tribulations of a particular family, but...


The Endless Summer

by Madame Nielsen & Gaye Kynoch Open Letter (January 22, 2018)

Subtitled “A Requiem,” The Endless Summer opens from the perspective of a “young boy, who is perhaps a girl, but does not yet know it.” With a Proustian charm, this digressive, cinematic love story about...


The Invention of Ana

by Mikkel Rosengaard Custom House (February 13, 2018)

A New York Times Paperback Row Editor's Choice

Combining the infectious narration of Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl, the philosophical lyricism of Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, and the mesmerizing power...


How to Fall In Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush

by Emmy Abrahamson Harper Paperbacks (March 20, 2018)

For readers of quirky Scandinavian fiction comes this charming and witty debut novel by Emmy Abrahamson—perfect for fans of Jonas Jonasson.

Love stinks. Or maybe it just needs a shower . . .

Vienna: famous...


The Final Word

Annika Bengtzon #11

by Liza Marklund Atria/Emily Bestler Books (October 17, 2017)

Liza Marklund, Scandinavia’s Queen of Crime, returns with the final novel in the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling Annika Bengtzon series.

Annika Bengtzon has spent her career telling stories...


Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller

by Guðberger Bergsson & Lytton Smith Open Letter (June 19, 2017)

Moving between realism and meandering polemic, Tómas Jónsson, Bestseller lays bare the failure of Icelandic man and his culture. From conversation between bank employees about pick-up techniques to bedridden...


One Station Away

by Olaf Olafsson Ecco (December 05, 2017)

From the critically acclaimed Olaf Olafsson, an intimate yet sweeping story of a New York neurologist and the three women who change his life

An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades...