The Creator

The first part in the thrilling and gripping series True Fiction is from the new duo Arne Dahl and Jonas Moström. A breathtaking metafictional thriller where a celebrated crime writer is suddenly suspected of the murder he is writing about.

Renowned crime novelist Tom Borg is grappling with a severe case of writer’s block, desperate to reignite his creative spark. In a bid for inspiration, he ventures into an underground club in central Stockholm, where he witnesses a murder eerily reminiscent of the plot he’s been struggling to pen.

Tom soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly game where the difference between fiction and reality is distorted. Where is the line between the two drawn? And is that something he really wants to find out?

Tom’s antagonist is the MMA-fighting Inspector Olivia Woolf. She carries her own twin inside her, has one blue eye and one green eye, and takes out her aggression on men who hurt women. 

It is not long until Tom realizes that not only are the police after him, but there is someone else closing in as well. A radical group with its own agenda seems to be behind the events that drove Tom on the run. Who really controls the narrative of the book Tom is working on, and who is to blame when real people get hurt?

 

The Creator is the first part of the new series True Fiction, written by two award-winning crime writers at the top of their game. It is a thriller in the spirit of the Coen brothers: an irresistible page-turner with nail-biting tension, dark humour, and unforgettable characters.

The first part in the thrilling and gripping series True Fiction is from the new duo Arne Dahl and Jonas Moström. A breathtaking metafictional thriller where a celebrated crime writer is suddenly suspected of the murder he is writing about.

Renowned crime novelist Tom Borg is grappling with a severe case of writer’s block, desperate to reignite his creative spark. In a bid for inspiration, he ventures into an underground club in central Stockholm, where he witnesses a murder eerily reminiscent of the plot he’s been struggling to pen.

Tom soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly game where the difference between fiction and reality is distorted. Where is the line between the two drawn? And is that something he really wants to find out?

Tom’s antagonist is the MMA-fighting Inspector Olivia Woolf. She carries her own twin inside her, has one blue eye and one green eye, and takes out her aggression on men who hurt women. 

It is not long until Tom realizes that not only are the police after him, but there is someone else closing in as well. A radical group with its own agenda seems to be behind the events that drove Tom on the run. Who really controls the narrative of the book Tom is working on, and who is to blame when real people get hurt?

 

The Creator is the first part of the new series True Fiction, written by two award-winning crime writers at the top of their game. It is a thriller in the spirit of the Coen brothers: an irresistible page-turner with nail-biting tension, dark humour, and unforgettable characters.

info

  • Year of publication

    2024

  • Original title

    Skaparen

  • Page count

    424

  • Original publisher

    Bookmark Förlag

  • Original language of publication

    Swedish

  • Rights sold

    DanishFinnishGerman

Reviews

  • BTJ

    “Dahl and Moström's The Creator is skillfully told, thrilling, driven, not overly violent or stereotypical (...) It is a consistently well-written suspense novel that sets the course for the upcoming series.”

  • Kapprakt.se

    “Obviously, they had a lot of fun while writing, the joy of storytelling is transformed into the joy of reading; The Creator, the start of the True Fiction series, is radically different from what the authors have written before: this is twisted multi-layered metafiction, dark humor, bizarre characters, big conspiracy, breakneck twists and memorable scenes.”

  • Dagens Nyheter

    "The Creator is a wild game of illusion at high speed. (...) a classic and simple chase story, with the police frantically chasing Tom Borg, who always just manages to get away. It is successful entertainment, and it is not just anyone who holds the pen..."

  • Göteborgs-Posten

    "The pace is fast, but some characters are given time and space to take shape during the journey. One such is Tom's friend Lennart, who adds much-needed breathing breaks and a touch of necessary black humor."

  • Bokmalin

    "What a book! A creative chiseled story, genuine characters and a pressing and intense suspense."

  • Saras bokbetraktelser

    "This is so good. So fantastically good. Dahl and Moström have written a really nicely constructed story in several layers with a high tempo and many twists and turns. But it is never difficult to keep up with the turns. Rather, the reader is taken on an enjoyable journey with excitement, interesting characters and a lot of humour. Writing at its most skilful, I can only say hats off to Arne Dahl and Jonas Moström."

  • basilicablogg.se

    "The author duo Moström and Dahl have joined together here with a glue that I hope will not dissolve for many years. (...) Mixing suspense with humour is one of their traits. There are lots of fun literary and musical references such as from Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. (...)When two good writers have fun together, magic happens."

  • Gunilla Wedding, VLT

    "The newly released The Creator is the first instalment in the duo's anticipated True Fiction series, and early on in the reading I feel that they have really hit the nail on the head in an insanely entertaining meta-thriller that nevertheless rests on a solidly serious foundation. And on top of that, they present a cast of characters you just have to fall in love with(...)There are also connections to the climate crisis, to men who hate women, and you can recognise both Arne Dahl's complicated plots and social commitment and Jonas Moström's relationship-based and effective stories, but overall, The Creator is definitely something new. Dahl and Moström 2.0 you could say. And despite the dark themes, it makes me so happy, even excited, to read."

  • Mats Palmquis, Barometern

    "Obviously it's extremely exciting. A page-turner to use a cliché.”

  • bok_stavlight

    "What do you get when two of Sweden's most-read male suspense writers put their wise heads together? A completely crazy and deceiving story where fiction and reality intersect. (...) High-level entertainment and excitement."

  • Blogger Lollos Bokhörna

    "This is a nicely built thriller with unexpected twists and a bit of humour. A bit brutal, but what a page-turner.Definitely a hard one to let go!"

  • Anette Stolt / Bookstagram

    "A skillfully packed detective story that highlights contemporary issues as threats to both climate and democracy. A top-notch page-turner with a cliffhanger that hints that now we have only scratched the surface - more has to come."

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