“Easy Money”: Upcoming Scandinavian Crime Fiction By Jens Lapidus

The translation of the debut novel, “Easy Money” by the Swedish crime writer Jens Lapidus is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012.

Lapidus, a 37-year-old criminal lawyer has produced a realistic, fast-paced novel about Stockholm’s organized crime, seen through the eyes of the drug dealers and gang leaders he normally represents in court.

The book follows a Latino drug dealer, a Serbian henchman and a young Swede whose desperate quest for money to uphold a luxurious lifestyle takes him on a journey through Stockholm’s underworld. It is the first book in Lapidus’ so-called Stockholm noir trilogy, which is being translated into around 30 languages after it sold 1.5 million copies in Sweden.

According to Associated Press, the book was inspired by Lapidus’ work in a Stockholm court. It stands out for using the perspective of the bad guys, but also for its descriptions of the class divides, harsh individualism and materialism that have become increasingly visible in the Swedish capital in recent years and contrasts with the traditional image of the egalitarian Nordic society.

Lapidus made his writing debut in August 2006 with Snabba Cash, an account of the Stockholm underworld, and the first of the Stockholm Noir trilogy. Two years later the second installment, Aldrig Fucka Upp was published by Wahlström & Widstrand. A graphic novel with illustrator Peter Bergting (The Portent) entitled Gängkrig 145 was published May 2009.

While this project does take places in the same universe as the novels, it is not the third part of the Stockholm Noir trilogy but rather a side story. The third part was published in 2011 with the title Livet deluxe. In 2014 Lapidus published the novel VIP-rummet which is the start of a new series unrelated to his Stockholm Noir trilogy. The second part Stcokholm Delete was published in 2015. His writing has been compared to James Ellroy and Dennis Lehane. The Stockholm Noir trilogy has also been adapted into a Swedish trilogy of films released in 2010, 2012, 2013. Jens Lapidus lives in Stockholm with his wife, daughter and son.