Samuel Bjørk

I'm Traveling Alone

A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree with a jump rope around her neck. She is wearing strange doll’s clothes and an airline tag that says, “I’m traveling alone.”

A special homicide unit in Oslo is re-opened with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. He must convince his best investigator, the extremely talented but deeply depressed Mia Krüger, to leave the solitary island to which she has retreated in order to take her own life. When scrutinizing the murder files, Mia spots the number one carved into the dead girl’s fingernail. She returns to duty in order to prevent more little girls from falling victim to a revenge-driven serial killer who proves equally intelligent as ruthless.

Thanks to Mia’s extraordinary investigative skills, the police are able to trace an obscure lead back to a case that occurred six years ago, where an infant girl was abducted from a maternity ward in the town of Hønefoss. The baby was never found. Now Mia suspects the killer has something to do with the missing child – and that the terror in the present may be punishment for the police’s failure to clear up the past. When Munch’s six year-old granddaughter is abducted as girl number five, Mia realizes that the killer’s sinister game is personal. Only she doesn’t realize how personal.

If this is a debut novel, it is something of a literary sensation. Even writers with long experience are rarely able to compose their plots with such elegance and in a language so completely free of clichés as Bjørk does. […] Watch out, Jo Nesbø!

Bergens Tidene, Norway

One is tempted to call it a textbook on the modern crime novel. This is how it should be done. […] All the ingredients are there and they are combined by a steady hand.

Folkbladet, Denmark

An absolutely brilliant Norwegian crime novel that has everything you want in a good story. Believable and interesting characters. A truly thrilling mystery and plot.

Aftonbladet, Sweden

Tense and smartly constructed narrative. […] instantly endearing.

Wall Street Journal, USA

A breath of fresh air in the crowded Scandinavian crime genre, this suspenseful novel will hook readers early and keep them on the edge of their seat until the final pages. Fans of Jo Nesbø are sure to enjoy the flawed yet likable characters.

Library Journal, USA

This is simply a terrific debut. The characters are completely believable, the plot is scalpel sharp and, as the hunt escalates, it will frighten the wits out of you in an utterly brilliant way.

The Sunday Mirror, UK

Two very appealing leading characters in the form of police officer Holger Munch […] and brilliant but disturbed profiler Mia Krüger. […] A compelling novel, with plenty of intrigue and some splendid action sequences.

The Guardian, UK

Samuel Bjørk

Samuel bjork by mafra:jan kubicek
MAFRA/Jan Kubíček

Samuel Bjørk is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien. He wrote his first stageplay at the age of twenty-one and then went on to write two highly acclaimed literary novels, Pepsi Love (2001) and Speed for Breakfast (2009). The self-taught, media-shy artist has also released six albums, written five plays, showed contemporary art pieces in various galleries and translated Shakespeare.

When the first installment in the Mia and Munch Series, I’m Traveling Alone, was published in Norway in 2013, it stunned readers and critics alike and was nominated for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Award. It sold to 30 countries and became an instant international bestseller.

Samuel Bjørk has been compared to the likes of both Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø, and has proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the crime genre.

He currently lives and works in Trondheim, Norway.

Rights sold to

Bulgaria, AMG Books
Croatia, Znanje
Czech Republic, Plus
Denmark, Rosinante
Estonia, Eesti Raamat
Finland, Otava
France, JC Lattès
Germany, Goldmann
Greece, Dioptra
Hungary, Athenaeum
Iceland, Bjartur
Israel, Armchair
Italy, Longanesi
Japan, Discover21
Korea, Taurus
Latvia, Jumava
Lithuania, Alma Littera
Netherlands, Luitingh-Sijthoff
Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke
Poland, Sonia Draga
Romania, Editura RAO
Russia, AST Publishers
Slovakia, Ikar
Slovenia, Ucila
Spain, Suma
Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand
Taiwan, Delight Press
Turkey, Pegasus
UK, Transworld
US (including Canada), Viking
Vietnam, Nah Nam

Other titles

The Owl Always Hunts at Night

Foreign rights

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Awards

Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Award 2013

Edited October 31, 2017 by Ahlander Agency AB