Johan Theorin is a journalist and author, born in 1963 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the island of Öland in the Baltic sea. His mother’s family–sailors, fishermen and farmers–have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island’s legacy of strange tales and folklore.
Echoes from the Dead (originally published in Sweden as Skumtimmen by Wahlström & Widstrand) is Theorin’s first novel. In 2007 it was voted Best First Mystery Novel by the authors and critics of the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy, and it has been sold to twenty countries. His second novel, The Darkest Room, (in Swedish Nattfåk) was voted the Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2008 and won the Glass Key award in 2009. The Darkest Room awarded the 2010 CWA International Dagger. "The Quarry", was published by Transworld Publishers in 2011. The books form three quarters of a loose quartet of novels set on the island of Öland.
He still resides in Gothenburg.
- Echoes from the Dead, Doubleday, 2008, translated by Marlaine Delargy (Swedish title Skumtimmen, 2007)
- The Darkest Room, Doubleday, 2009, (Swedish title Nattfåk, 2008)
- The Quarry, (2011, Swedish title Blodläge, 2010)
- The Asylum (2013, Swedish title Sankta Psyko, 2011)
Awards and Prizes
- Echoes from the Dead voted Best First Mystery Novel 2007 by the authors and critics of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers
- "Endast jag är vaken" awarded the Catahya Award for best Swedish science fiction, fantasy or horror short story 2007
- The Darkest Room voted Best Swedish Crime Novel 2008 by the Swedish Academy of CrimeWriters
- The Darkest Room awarded the Glass Key Award in 2009
- Echoes from the Dead awarded the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.
- The Darkest Room awarded the CWA International Dagger in July 2010.
- Flood, Alison (July 26, 2010). "Johan Theorin beats Stieg Larsson to crime writing award". The Guardian (London).
- Flood, Alison (October 22, 2009). "British readers vote Harlan Coben their favourite crime writer". London: guardian.co.uk (Guardian News & Media). Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- Johan Theorin's official website in English
- Review of Echoes from the Dead in the Guardian
- Johan Theorin - Interview with www.TheCrimeHouse.com
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