Anne Holt

A Grave For Two

Selma Falck, a former professional athlete and star lawyer, is in a deep crisis. In the blink of an eye she’s been left by her husband and child and lost her job and house – and it’s all her own fault. With nowhere else to go, Selma moves into a wreck of an apartment, her only companion a pedigree cat she can’t stand.

On the same day that Selma moves into her new place, Hege Chin Morell – Norway’s best female skier – fails a doping test. With just two months to go till the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the test shows that Morell has taken clostebol, a drug that could mean several years of suspension. Selma Falck is approached by Morell’s wealthy father. He believes that his daughter is the victim of sabotage and offers the broke and unemployed Selma the seemingly impossible job of proving Morell’s innocence before the final athlete selections are made.

Shortly thereafter, a male cross-country skier is found dead after a training accident in Maridalen. The autopsy reveals traces of the same substance as in Morell’s blood. The panic that spreads in Norway’s cross-country team is total. In addition to losing its two best members, the whole team is at risk of being banned from the Olympics.

Selma Falck’s race against time begins. She encounters camaraderie and corruption, hidden enmity and shady connections. As she realizes that more lives are at stake, the pattern of recent crimes and ancient sins becomes undeniable.

“The main characters of the novel are described so well that you think you know them. Selma Falck is one of them, and she is a wonderful, fresh addition to the crime genre. Holt is confident in her field and prose. And she knows how to keep a tight grip on her readers.”

Nordjyske Stiftstidene, Denmark

“A Grave for Two is strikingly well-written. Anne Holt has with her main character Selma Falck created a figure that stands very strong in the story, which is vibrant and credible – and will be exciting to follow in the future.”

Jysk Fynske Medier, Denmark

“The grand lady of Norwegian crime fiction introduces a new heroine /…/ Entertaining”

Weekendavisen, Denmark

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Anne Holt (b. 1958) is one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers with 10 million copies sold around the world. Holt is a former Minister of Justice, Police Attorney, lawyer running her own firm, journalist, and TV news editor and anchor. Her novels are intelligent, accessible and suspenseful, with engaging and intriguing protagonists. Tight-knit crime plots are paired with a focus on relational drama. Anne Holt is the author of two extremely successful crime series: the Inger Johanne Vik series (five installments) and the Hanne Wilhelmsen series (ten installments).

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Denmark, Modtryk
Finland, Gummerus
Iceland, Tindur
Italy, Einaudi
Norway, Gyldendal
Sweden, Piratförlaget
Ukraine, Ranok
UK, Corvus

Other titles

A Necessary Death
In Dust and Ashes
Beyond The Truth
No Echo
Dead Joker
The Lion’s Mouth
Death of the Demon
Blessed Are Those Who Thirst
Blind Goddess
Sudden Death
What Dark Clouds Hide
Fear Not
Madam President
What Never Happens
What Is Mine
May-Britt, March-Britt and the Peachy Pug
May-Britt & March-Britt

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Shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award (Best Lesbian Mystery) US – Offline
The Great Calibre Award of Honor, Poland, 2012
The Cappelen Prize, Norway, 2001
The Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, Norway, 1995
The Riverton Prize (Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year), Norway, 1994

Edited September 16, 2019 by Salomonsson Agency