I am very happy to introduce police inspector Fredrik Beier and his partner Kafa Iqbal to readers all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I know that you guys really know how to appreciate a good crime story, and I know that you are picky as well, so I am truly grateful and glad for the way Der Hirte has been greeted. Thanks for all the wonderful feedback through mail and social media.
Der Hirte (Wienerbrorskapet) is the first installment of the Fredrik Beier-series. Publisher Blanvalet have done a marvelous in introducing Fredrik and Kafa to the German-speaking audience – check out the cinematic trailer here:
The e-book version of Those Who Follow (Wienerbrorskapet) is the bestselling backlist novel of 2016.
Those Who Follow, the first installment in the Fredrik Beier series that was released in Norway in 2015, is the bestselling backlist e-book novel of 2016 in Norway, reports book-magazine Bok & Samfunn.
The second thriller in the series, As we Fall (Norwegian title: Kalypso), is also doing very well among the releases of 2016, currently number 7 on the top ten list.
«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:
August is not only the month where Kalypso is released – Those Who Follow will also come out in two countries I am really looking forward to – Sweden and Netherlands.
Kalypso is the second book in the installment following police investigators Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal. The novel has been under development all since Those Who Follow was first released in Norway January 2015. A few weeks back the final corrections were made, and the novel was sent of to be printed.
What it felt like? Horror and joy. And now it is ready for Norway.
Kalypso will probably come out in the rest of the world during 2017/2018.
Det Hemliga Brödraskapet Från Wien is the title my Swedish publisher Albert Bonniers have given Those Who Follow. The novel is released in mid-August, and just a few days later I am looking forward to meet the Swedish crime audience and fellow writers when I visit the Crimetime Gotland festival, taking place on the beautiful island of (yes, you guessed it) Gotland. Here I´ll be discussing Norwegian vs Swedish crime with Jørn Lier Horst, conspiracy theories with Arne Dahl – and a few other appearances.
During the last weeks of the month, Those Who Follow is to be released in the Netherlands, under the name Zij Die Volgen. The Dutch are such a sophisticated and well-read audience, with a true heart for crime, so I am very excited about introducing Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal to the Dutch readers.
In mid august, Sweden will be the eleventh country to release Those Who F0llow, under it´s Swedish name Det Hemliga Brödraskapet Från Wien. (AKA Wienerbrorskapet, Gli Adepti, Követök, Wieniläisveljeskunta, Nasladowcy, Viedenske Bratstvo, Videnske Bratrstvo, Wienerbroderskabet, Viini vennaskondand and Les Adeptes.)
The Swedish release means that Those Who Follow now have been introduced to readers in more than half of the 20 countries that have bought the publishing rights – so far.
So, what does Those Who Follow look like? A lot of things, obviously. Readers are different, markets are different, and what looks like a front for a crime novel in Oslo might look quite different in Warszawa, Prag or Copenhagen. As you can see from the picture to the right, there are a few similarities, though. France and Denmark have chosen a cover that I have loved from the moment I saw it. It´s the one with the staring eyes, made by the Danish designer Simon Lilholt. Finland and Slovakia are also thinking in similar ways, with a picture that captures the historic side of the novel – nazi researchers doing their terrible experiments. There is an underlaying brutality in those covers, that I believe captures an important side of the story. If you study them closely (as I have done) you will see that it is not the same picture, but they are probably from the same series. The Norwegian front (left corner, bottom) is also inspired by the parts of the novel describing racial hygiene and eugenics during the 30’s and 40’s.
So which ones do I prefer? Ha ha. Im not gonna tell. I love them all, of course, as if they were my kids. And – as with kids – some you adore from the minute you see them, some you love even more, when you get to know them.