The Beier-trilogy is dominating the Norwegian bestseller list.
After the release of the third and final installment in the Beier-trilogy, The Cross I Bear (Korset), all three novels are on the bestseller lists.
This week Those Who Follow (Wienerbrorskapet) and As We Fall (Kalypso) climbed to an impressive NO. 2 and NO 3. on the paperback list, while The Cross I Bear is currently NO. 1 on the e-book list, NO. 11 on the hardcover list.
In Germany, where the second installment in the Beier-trilogy As We Fall (Der Bote) was released earlier this spring, it copied the success of it’s predecessor Those Who Follow (Der Hirte) and stayed several weeks on Der Spiegels list of bestsellers. Der Bote is already out in a second edition.
«Johnsrud showcases a literary talent of the highest order – he’s smart, precise and varied in his language,» writes Norway’s largest newspaper Verdens Gang in their review of Kalypso.
And they continue: «Add to this a storyline that gives new meaning to the clichéd expression “unputdownable,” and the conclusion is a given: it’s an obvious six stars also this time around.»
Six out of six stars! I am happy and proud but most of all grateful to all the talented people who have read and shared their thoughts and ideas in the process of writing Kalypso. Øyvind, my editor at Aschehoug, Karin & Julia, my agents at Salomonsson Agency and many others. Thank you for the cooperation, guys.
I won’t stop bragging just yet. This is what Tvedestrandsposten, from the southern part of Norway, says:
«It isn’t often that an author succeeds in maintaining the level of suspense throughout an entire book, but Ingar Johnsrud does. As We Fall possesses an intense tension and momentum from the first till last page. It’s truly difficult to put it down. /…/ The ability to engage the reader and the art of relaying multiple stories going on in different times, only to weave them together in a frightening and ingenious manner.» 6 out of 6 stars there as well.
As We Fall, you might ask. Yeah. Kalypso has gotten baptized, and As We Fall will be it’s English title.
It is still early, and many reviews to come, but let me also share two blogs discussing Kalypso/As We Fall. The first one is written by the author and blogger Geir Tangen. The second one is from Den Kriminelle Bokverden. (They are both in Norwegian.)
This weekend I am looking forward to visiting the lovely Swedish island Gotland, and their litterature festival Crimetime Gotland, that I have heard so many great things about. Those Who Follow have just been released in Swedish, and this is the verdict, when Akademibokhandeln, a mayor Swedish chain of bookstores, asked four of their readers.
Do you read Norwegian? Then you can get a taste of Kalypso here:
For titles released the spring of 2015, Those Who Follow was the sixth best-selling Norwegian fiction, according to Bokhandlerforeningen (Norwegian Book Sellers Organization). Top of the list was Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow.
Those Who Follow was released in Norway in January 2015. It will come out in several other countries throughout 2016.