By Pascal Engman

How far is an author willing to go to write a bestseller? Pascal Engman stays close to home in his sharpest thriller yet. 

Thriller author Raymond Salinas is found murdered outside his home. He was on his way to the Gothenburg book fair. Vanessa Frank soon discovers that Raymond’s research helped him form deep rooted connections with criminal networks, both in Sweden and abroad. The police realise that several people could benefit from the author being dead.

But Vanessa suspects that the motive is hidden in Salinas’ upcoming book project, where it’s possible he has uncovered something more shocking. To find the answers she must follow in the steps that led the author straight to his death. How far is an author willing to go to create a bestseller? 

Bestseller holds Vanessa Frank’s most complicated murder case thus far. It’s a whirlwind meta story where Pascal Engman takes us through the gangwars in Stockholm, the international cocaine industry and the increased prevalence of corruption within the Swedish judiciary. 

Pascal Engman is a former journalist from Expressen. His journalistic perspective is shown throughout his authorship. In the Vanessa Frank series he depicts extreme societal phenomenons such as class identity, incels and the alt-right. He is one of the most read authors of his generation. 

To be published by Bookmark, October 2023

Denmark, People’s Press
Finland, WSOY
Norway, Gyldendal
Sweden, Bookmark
The Netherlands, Uitgeverij Volt

It is an action-packed story with many parts that the author skillfully weaves together for a dramatic resolution. Pascal Engman’s characters are vivid and highly credible, as are the depictions of criminal environments in contemporary Stockholm. The language is brisk, simple, and filled with dialogue. A very good crime novel that is thrilling, well-written, and current.
– BTJ, Sweden

International crime is intertwined with corruption within the judicial system. Pascal Engman has surpassed himself – again.
– Inga-Lill Mosander, Aftonbladet, Sweden

A chillingly relevant plot where criminal gangs play a crucial role. It’s tough and fast-paced at times, but also well-crafted characters and personal lives that truly add something to the storyline.
– Allers, Sweden

Engman also writes eloquently about the thrill of success after writing bestsellers, where Raymond Salinas, in the form of fiction, can be seen as Engman’s dark alter ego.
– Femina, Sweden

Painfully thrilling and impossible to put down. It is evident that, like his fictional writer, he has put in a considerable amount of effort into research; the depictions of criminal environments are credible and chillingly close.
– Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden