Karin Alvtegen

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Karin Alvtegen
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Karin Alvtegen during the Gothenburg Book Fair 2005.
Born (1965-06-08)8 June 1965
Huskvarna, Sweden
Occupation Journalist, writer
Language Swedish
Nationality Swedish
Period 1998–

Karin Alvtegen (born 8 June 1965, Huskvarna, Sweden) is a Swedish author of crime fiction. Alvtegen's psychological thrillers are generally set in Sweden. Four of her books have been translated into English: Missing, Betrayal, Shadow and Shame.

Alvtegen's second novel, Missing, was awarded the premier Nordic crime writing award the Glass Key in 2001.[1] Translated in 2003 and published in the United States in 2009, the novel was nominated for the 2009 Edgar Award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America.[2] In 2006, the novel was adapted into a television series directed by Ian Madden and with Joanne Froggatt and Gregor Fisher.[3]

Alvtegen's 2005 novel Shame was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger award for crime novels in translation upon publication in English.

Alvtegen has worked as a teleplay writer, having penned 24 episodes of the Swedish soap opera Rederiet [1].

She is grandniece of the children's novelist Astrid Lindgren[2].



  • Guilt (translated by Anna Paterson) (2007) – Skuld (1998)
  • Missing (translated by Anna Paterson) (2003) – Saknad (2000)
  • Betrayal (translated by Steven T. Murray) (2005) – Svek (2003)
  • Shame/Sacrifice (translated by Steven T. Murray) (2006) – Skam (2005)
  • Shadow (translated by Steven T. Murray) (2008) – Skugga (2007)
  • A Probable Story (not yet published in English) – En Sannolik Historia (2010)
  • Butterfly Effect (not yet published in English) – Fjärilseffekten (2013)

Note: in 2011 Shame was reissued in the UK with the title Sacrifice.


  • 2004 – Hotet ("The Threat")


  1. ^ "Winners", Glasnyckeln, passagen.se, Retrieved 20 May 2009
  2. ^ "2009 Edgar Nominees", Mystery Writers of America, theedgars.com, Retrieved 20 May 2009
  3. ^ Missing (tv series) at IMDb.com

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