Patrioterna – The Patriots

By Pascal Engman

Fear is spreading at Stockholm’s newsrooms after the murder of a female journalist. Employees who are used to receiving daily threats now fear for their lives.

The young journalist Madeleine Winther at Nyhetsbladet has, however, her aim on something completely different. She knows just how to move forward in her career – and she’s about to do a real scoop.

Carl Cederhielm has made a holy promise to protect the country from enemies. He and his two accomplices have put together a list of ten names. They will avenge those who can not be avenge themselves.

In a country far away, a man longs home to Sweden. The inhabitants of the small city are afraid of him, he who works as a bodyguard for the weapons and drug smuggling Russian.

Soon their lives paths are crossed and Sweden wakes up to a new, unscrupulous reality. However, for Carl Cederhielm, the mission is far from completed. It’s time to eliminate the next person on the list.

The patriots is journalist Pascal Engman’s thrilling debut novel. With his novel, he renews the crime fiction genre as a reflection of society and politics. With large pathos, like Sjöwall & Wahlöö and Mankell, he brings us into the brutal present.


First published by Piratförlaget, Sweden 2017
470 pages


Czech Republic, Dobrovsky / Omega
Denmark, People’s Press
Finland, WSOY
Germany, Klett-Cotta
The Netherlands, Uitgeverij Q
Norway, Gyldendal
Poland, Sonia Draga
Sweden, Pirat Förlag


It becomes immoderately thrilling since the debutant Pascal Engman is extraordinary skilful at gradually increase the pace of the story.
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter

The best part is that the author doesn’t make it easy for himself. Several times I feel like we’re heading in the old and usual direction, but it’s not that simple… it’s really exciting.
Anders Wennberg, Gefle Dagblad

Thrilling story about hatred and threats against journalists! Read it!
Frida Boisen, Expressen

Incredibly thrilling!
Marie Magnusson, Smålandsposten

A promising debut!
Magnus Carlsson, Nya Kristinehamns-Posten

The dystopian plot feels terrifyingly close to our own, and the way it writes itself into our time causes anxiety… an entertaining suspense novel… truly thrilling.
Valerie Kyeyune Backström, Expressen

It’s filled with action, it’s violent and unpleasant … a well-written and very thrilling page-turner.

The debutant Pascal Engman succeeds at tying the three narratives together, the novel is both thrilling and frightening… Engman gives a dystopic image of Sweden. The fictive events are linked with real ones, which increases the realism.
Alf Ehn, Skaraborgs Allehanda

“This is a thriller written in a journalistic form. Short sentences, no superfluous words. No long family dinners or vintage wines. And an intrigue with high recognition factor. The story evolves around hatred, xenophobia. Centered around these issues, the action is exciting and colorful. /…/ It is a meaningful and serious theme that Pascal Engman writes about in a skilled manner.”
Kjell Moe, Kulturspeilet

“It’s too soon to name Pascal the the Sjöwall and Whalöe, new Jan Gillou, new Liza Marklund or the new Stieg Larsson/…/. But it’s looking really good. /../ The Patriots is a smashing suspense novel.”
– Andreas Krog/