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by Anton Svensson

How does a child become a criminal? How does a father lose a son?

An epic crime novel with the excitement of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters and the narrative depth of We Need to Talk About Kevin, THE FATHER is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who committed ten audacious bank robberies in Sweden over the course of just two years.

None had committed a crime before. All were under twenty-four years old. When their incredible spree had come to an end amid the glare of the international media, all of them would be changed forever as individuals and as a family.

This intoxicating, heartbreaking thriller tells the story of how three boys are transformed over the course of their lives from innocent children to the most wanted criminals in Sweden. And of the man who made them that way: their father.

Anton Svensson'Anton Svensson' is a pseudonym for Stefan Thunberg and Anders Roslund.

Stefan Thunberg is one of Scandinavia's most celebrated screenwriters. His body of work spans popular TV-series such as Henning Mankell's Wallander and Håkan Nesser's Van Veeteren. THE FATHER is Stefan Thunberg's debut novel.

Anders Roslund is an award-winning investigative journalist. Roslund is part of the New York Times bestselling author duo Roslund & Hellström, who are recipients of many prestigious awards, including the CWA International Dagger, the Glass Key and the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award. Films and TV series based on Roslund & Hellström's novels are in the works, both in Hollywood and Europe.


"A powerful real-life story."
The Guardian

"Superior … builds to a breathless climax."
The Sun

"The writing is spare and lean, reminiscent of Richard Stark's Parker novels, but the sweep and scope are epic. The drama often lies in what isn't said, and the family dynamics are at once familiar and terrifyingly alien."
The Herald

"Unbelievably exciting and authentic … one of the year's best crime stories."
Östran (Sweden)

"A flawlessly constructed thriller."
Femina (Sweden)

"A technically wonderful novel crafted with breathtaking cleverness."
Corriere della Sera (Italy)

"A book of great depth … so plausible and convincing on the psychological mechanisms that lead to crime."
Diversioni (Italy)

"An exciting story about family, brotherhood, guilt, the relationship between a father and his children, the sense of belonging, and about loyalty."
Culturamas (Spain)