OPERATION – SELVMORDSBOMBE OPERATION – BLOOD DIAMOND by Benni Bødker was nominated for the Orla Prize again this year!

The Orla Prize is a literary prize named after Orla Frøsnapper (Orla frog-eater)–the protagonist in Ole Lund Kirkegaard’s children’s book with the same name.
It’s a prize for and by children–children nominate, vote and select the winner every year.

The winner will be announced on the 30th May in 2015.

Congratulations, Benni and good luck!!


Steve Sem-Sandberg does it again!


Five years ago Steve Sem-Sandberg won the prestigious August Prize for his novel The Emperor of Lies. Although the author had long been one of the pillars of the Swedish literary scene this catapulted him into national and international fame. As The Emperor of Lies went on to be published in over to 25 territories Steve started writing on a new novel that would see the light of day in 2014 and subsequently be nominated for The August Prize, a testament to the novels great worth and the authors amazing literary prowess.

The Chosen Ones is an exquisitely written novel that spans over 70 years. Taking place mostly in the large mental clinic of Steinhof, in Vienna, and focusing on the dozen odd pavilions comprising the children’s ward that came to be known as Spiegelgrund. During the Second World War this particular part of the hospital was transformed into a special psychiatric ward for children and youths with, so called, “disciplinary problems”. Spiegelgrund was very much like a world in itself with rules and hierarchies mirroring those of the world outside. The children with the most severe injuries and illnesses were usually shipped down to the “killing ward” that occupied pavilions 15 & 17.

A myriad of voices and a rich, yet grim, character gallery will take us on a journey into, what can still be considered, Europe’s blackest times. But in his novel about this micro cosmos in Nazi Europe, Steve Sem-Sandberg focuses mainly on two different characters. One is inmate Adrian Ziegler and the other is Anna Katschenka, a nurse at the clinic. Both of them irreparably damaged by the horrible circumstances but each in their own way. Through the eyes of these two characters and their supporting cast the author shows us the true meaning of evil’s dichotomy. We are ruthlessly exposed to a time where racial purity was thought to be the key to a functional society as our humanity was carelessly set aside in the ruthless quest for unobtainable ideals.

The Chosen Ones is a new chapter in Steve Sem-Sandberg’s on-going novel about Europe during the Second World War. Although, the novel is based on a foundation of facts, it is not meant to be read as a historical record nor a documentary of the times, but as a novel about actual lives being lived.

Unni and Jan-Erik nominated for Bookseller’s Award!

 141031Our Norwegian authors, Unni Lindell and Jan-Erik Fjell have been nominated for this year’s Booksellers’ Award!!



The winner will be announced on the 25th November. Congratulations, Unni and Jan-Erik!


Parallel Projects for Crime Mastermind Kallentoft

It has been seven years since Mons Kallentoft first introduced himself as one of the most striking new voices in Scandinavian crime fiction in conjunction with the launch of Midwinter Sacrifice (Midvinterblod) – the first book in the successful Malin Fors series. Last year, Kallentoft announced that he was working on a new project together with fellow writer Markus Lutteman, and in June 2014, the readers became acquainted with Zack for the first time.

Mons Kallentoft had been nurturing the idea for several years – to write a series of crime novels loosely inspired by the Hercules myth, but based in 21st century Stockholm. He met Markus Lutteman at an awards ceremony and the pair immediately connected. Together they created the complex young Detective Inspector Zack Herry and his fictional universe: the dark, sinister underbelly of contemporary Stockholm. Their plan is to write twelve books – just like the twelve labours of Hercules.

The first title, Zack, was published by new, innovative publishing house Bookmark in June 2014 and it was not long before the book was top of the charts. The readers have described the book as “modern”, “captivating” and “action-packed”. International rights have been sold to nine territories, including France and the USA.

But fans of Malin Fors do not need to worry. The eighth book in the series, Earth Storm (Jordstorm), will be published at the end of this month and Kallentoft has an outline for another five books about the troubled Linköping detective.

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Therese Bohman’s new novel nominated for Magazine Vi:s Literature Prize

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Therese Bohman’s “DEN ANDRA KVINNAN” (The Other Woman) is one of three novels shortlisted for Magazine Vi:s Literature Prize. The winner will be revealed at the end of November.

Den Andra Kvinnan – The Other Woman

Simona Ahrnstedt is the queen of romance

Once again Simona Ahrnstedt proves that she is Sweden’s queen of romance as her latest novel Only One Night takes on the crime writing giants on Sweden’s bestseller charts.

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Viveca Sten continues to conquer the world!

After only two weeks on the market Viveca Sten’s novel Closed Circles, the second in her popular Sandhamn Murder Series, has already nabbed the no 1 spot on the Icelandic bestseller charts. Well deserved says her Icelandic publisher at Ugla Utgáfá who is already looking ahead and planning for publication of Vivecaäs thrid book, Guiltless.

Steve Sem-Sandberg nominated for The August Prize 2014!

It is with pleasure that Nordin Agency congratulates Steve Sem-Sandberg on his nomination for the 2014 August Prize.

With the jury’s motivation:
In the novel “De utvalda” (The Chosen Ones) Steve Sem-Sandberg confront’s us with abuse and collaborations from the past. It portrays the children’s ward at the institution Spiegelgrund in Vienna during the Nazi era. On a stabil documentary foundation he builds a story of science’s will to subjugate man, a dark impulse that neither begins nor ends there.
In an excruciatingly beautiful and precise prose Sem-Sandberg successfully exposes the anatomi of evil with intimate humanism and restrained anger. At the same time he bestows the reader with an awareness and a strength to resist.

Steve won the prestigious award in 2009 with his novel The Emperor of Lies. It went on to sell in over 25 territories around the globe a success that is sure to be repeated with this latest masterpiece.

The queen of new Swedish romance

As far back as we can remember romance and love have had a strong presence in literature. With her lates novel Only One Night Simona Ahrnstedt shows us why romance is the largest literary genre in the Western world.

What is romance? That is the most frequently asked question we get from friends, other authors and journalists. Simona Ahrnstedt usually compares the genre to that of crime novels, but instead of solving a case, there is a love story that needs to have a happy ending. The events leading up to this is what separates good romance from great and Simona Ahrnstedt is one of the best.

Her latest, and first contemporary, novel is a game-changer. As pretty and inviting as a box of chocolates it will put all your preconceived notions about romance to shame while elegantly entertaining readers from 15 to 95 in the time honored tradition of all great fiction.

Only One Night (En Enda natt) is a story of revenge, heated power plays and above all: Forbidden Love.

In the glamorous and high-powered setting of the Swedish finance world we meet corporate advisor Natalia De la Grip and magnetic venture capitalist David Hammar. Both have set a strong course in their lives. Proud Natalia, who was born into the upper class’ highest echelons is forging her own way by building an impressive career.

Meanwhile David, a self-made and ruthless billionaire is determined to seek revenge on the people who have hurt him in the past. But David´s plan to take over the De la Grip family business sets him on an inevitable collision course with Natalia. As passion strikes and secrets rise to the surface, unavoidable disaster looms and life-altering decisions must be made.

Strong women, intense plots and a free flowing narrative are what make up the backbone of this author’s storytelling. Her character’s are as compelling as her love stories and she never lets her readers down. That is why Simona Ahrnstedt earns her title as Sweden’s queen of romance.

Once again she has managed to create characters that I like instantaneously. I really appreciate that the women in Simona Ahrnstedt’s novels are self-sufficient, strong and have their own career.

Impossible to put down. Simona Ahrnstedt’s novels invite non-stop reading
Katarina Bivald

Literature that completely breaks all prejudices.

New spine chilling horror from Unni Lindell

Brudekisten is number one on the Norwegian bestseller list after one day on the market and has been chosen as book of the month in three major book clubs.

Unni Lindell’s convincing characters and her intimate themes have proved an unbeatable combination and have made her books about Cato Isaksen one of the bestselling crime series in Norway and around the world, and with Brudekisten she confirms her position as Queen of crime in Norway.

 12-year-old Maike Hagg, the daughter of a psychiatric patient, fell down the stairs and cracked her head on the stone floor in the basement of Gaustad Psychiatric Hospital

Twenty-five years later the statute of limitations for murder is coming up and Emmy Hammer and Aud Johnsen meet up to talk about what really happened.

But dusting off old memories can be dangerous. When the past meets the present, fear and hatred draw a cold-blooded killer out from the shadows.

Slowly the culture of Gaustad Hospital is revealed – something lurks in its past, obscured by other issues and in the catacombs of the abandoned building complex Unni Lindell conjures up a classic horror movie atmosphere.  In her unrivalled and characteristic style dark moods is mixed with everyday life and with surprises, twists and turn she captivates contemporary crime readers offering superb entertainment, but also a thought-provoking read.

Superbly executed, nearly ingenious
Professor Hans H. Skei, Professor in litteratur at Oslo Universitet

With The Angel is a Devil Unni Lindell has pretty much hit the bull’s eye.
Torbjørn Ekelund, Dagbladet

Lindell really knows the art of telling a suspenseful story.
Sindre Hovdenakk, VG

A Well composed and intriguing mystery that will appeal to many readers.
Torbjørn Ekelund, Dagbladet

Unni Lindell meets all the expectations in the crime genre and her clever narrative deceives the reader more than once. This is the great art of illusion.
Geir Rakvaag, Dagsavisen.