March 15—I’m honored that The Swede has been named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Winner to be announced June 6. Keep your fingers crossed.

August 3—Had an article in the Guardian last week that got some attention. Very cool, that this topic—and my protagonist—seem to have caught the Zeitgeist:

July 22—Yikes, had to think fast for the BBC: Where do thrillers and classical music meet? Here’s the one-minute podcast:

July 12— Favorable review in the UK Daily Mail. Made my day. ;^)

“What makes this thriller stand out is that it is not Nordic noir. There are no gloomy landscapes and melancholy silences. In their place is rapid-fire action, and a serpentine story that bursts off the page like a brush fire.”

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July 11—Will be guest on a great Swedish talkshow Saturday night, Sommarkväll, with Emmy Award-winning host Rickard Olsson. SVT 1,  20.00. Hope I can think of a few clever lines…

sommarkvall stillJuly 7—Heading to the HarperCollins Summer Party for authors, at the V&A Museum in London. Cheers!

July 3—The Swede has the lead book review in the July 3 issue of Entertainment Weekly. I’m really pleased (which is about as excited as we reserved Swedes ever get.)

June 30—Such a kind and complimentary review in the magazine (print and online) BookPage. What can I say but thank you? I like reviewer Bruce Tierney’s use of the word Grip-ping farther down in the review… ;^)  He writes:

“It’s a rare happening when a debut novel is accorded my Top Pick, but that’s indeed the case with The Swede, a stunning English-language debut from Swedish author Robert Karjel. All of the great qualities of Nordic noir can be found here, and then some: a taciturn and serious protagonist (in this case, a Swedish security policeman); a global stage, from Europe to America to Thailand to the remote Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia; a plot with international terrorism overtones; and a cast of supporting characters as diverse as the denizens of Rick’s Café in Casablanca.”

June 20—Remember Lt. Gorman in the movie Aliens? He narrates the UK audiobook of My Name Is N, and does an incredible job. Click here to listen to a 15-minute excerpt.

May 25—Got a starred review from Publishers Weekly. “Filled with rich characterization and unforeseeable twists and revelations, this mesmerizing first in a planned series will leave readers gasping for breath.”

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May 15—The Swede had a nice write-up in Entertainment Weekly’s summer previews.

May 13—US audiobook of The Swede will be narrated by Jeff Harding, who also narrated The Da Vinci Code. Here’s a link to his website, with sound —clips: For The Swede, will he do accents?

April 12—Galleys are out from HarperCollins. Now this dream becomes reality.


In the UK, the thriller has a different title: My Name is N.